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    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10

    How to Change Default Sound Output Device in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    20 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Change Default Sound Output Device in Windows 10


    The default audio playback device is the device that Windows uses to output (play) sound.

    When you connect speakers, headphones, Bluetooth headset, or other audio devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to change the default audio playback (output) device for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Change Default Audio Playback Device from Volume icon on Taskbar
    • Option Two: Change Default Audio Playback Device from Settings
    • Option Three: Change Default Audio Playback Device from Sound Control Panel
    • Option Four: Change Default Audio Playback Device from Game Bar






    OPTION ONE

    Change Default Audio Playback Device from Volume icon on Taskbar


    1 Click/tap on the Volume icon on the taskbar notification area. (see screenshot below)

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_volume_icon-1.jpg

    2 Click/tap on the expansion arrow above the master volume control. (see screenshot below)

    You will not see an expansion arrow if you do not have multiple audio playback devices.

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_volume_icon-2.jpg

    3 Click/tap on the playback device you want to use from the menu. Windows will then switch to it. (see screenshot below)

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_volume_icon-3.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Change Default Audio Playback Device from Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17035.


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2 Click/tap on Sound on the left side, and Choose your output device you want from the drop menu on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    You will not be able to choose if you do not have multiple audio playback devices.


    3 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_settings.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    Change Default Audio Playback Device from Sound Control Panel


    1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.

    If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open "Playback" devices in the Sound panel.

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0


    2 Click/tap on the Playback tab, and perform one of the actions below you want to use to set the default playback device. (see screenshots below)

    • Right click or press and hold on the playback device, and click/tap on Set a Default Device.
    • Select a playback device, and either:
      • Click/tap on Set Default to set for both "Default Device" and "Default Communications Device".
      • Click/tap on the drop menu arrow to the right of Set Default, and click/tap on Default Device.
      • Click/tap on the drop menu arrow to the right of Set Default, and click/tap on Default Communication Device. This will not be the "Default Device"

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_sound-2.jpg Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_sound-1.jpg

    3 Click/tap on OK when finished. (see screenshot below)

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-audio_playback_device_sound-3.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    Change Default Audio Playback Device from Game Bar


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17692.


    1 Open the Game Bar (Win+G).

    2 Select the default audio output device you want. (see screenshot below)

    You will not be able to choose if you do not have multiple audio output devices.


    3 When finished, you can close the Game Bar if you like.

    Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10-game_bar_audio_playback.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 17
    windows 10 pro
       #1

    i dont even have option 2 maybe you now ??
      My Computer

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,683
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello bighair, :)

    Sorry, but Option Two is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17035,
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 17
    windows 10 pro
       #3

    thanks for that.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #4

    Note: I find it MUCH easier to use the windows 7 versions. ( ihave my mixer set to win7 too using a regedit)
    Just
    1) click: start> type "control panel"(launch it) > click: sound
    from here you will see what you are expecting. TABS for input/output devices. Right click to change settings/config
      My Computer


 

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