How do I mute my internal laptop speakers leaving external speakers on

  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    How do I mute my internal laptop speakers leaving external speakers on

    Hello everyone, I'm a newbie. Windows 10. Incredibly I was innocently dusting my Del laptop keys when my computer sound (usually set on Pandora music) was muted, showing an 'x' over speaker icon on taskbar. Previously I could just click it to get it unmuted. This time it took about two hours of my time. Now I have sound coming out of both my external speakers and my internal speakers, when previously just plugging in my external speakers would mute my internal, or built-in, speakers. Is there any way I can mute my internal speakers without muting my external speakers without spending the rest of the day in troubleshooting, involving detailed examination of my motherboard and countless other steps?
    Thanks for listening!
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  2. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 4,248
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Hello tmasierra, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Have you installed latest version of sound card driver from laptop manufacturer website.

    You manage sound devices from Settings > Sound > Manage Sound Devices.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,187
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello tma,

    You should be able to select the external speakers as your default audio output device, and disable the internal speakers.

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable a Sound Output Device in Windows
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