How to disable or adjust my computer's sound
There are several options for disabling or adjusting your sound, depending on what you want to accomplish. You may want to disable sounds from a program, the internal speaker, a modem, sound from the speakers/headphones, or disable an onboard sound card. For more information on these options, review the options below if they apply to what you're trying to disable.
Disable sound from speakers or headphones
How to mute
Mute in Windows
In Windows, click the sound icon in the Windows Notification Area of the Taskbar that looks like a speaker. In the small window that appears, check the Mute box or click the sound icon (shown to the right) below the volume to mute the sound. To un-mute it later, you can follow the same procedure.
Mute in the software program
If you only want to mute a movie, sound file, or other audio in the programs, most programs include a configuration option to mute the audio through the program or player you are using. Look for a sound icon and click the icon to either open the sound properties or mute the sound.
Mute on speakers
You can also look for a Mute or power off button on your computer or the speakers as another alternative.
Mute on headphones
Some headphones and headsets have a button on the cord that connects in-between the headphones and the computer. Pressing this button may mute the sound.
Mute on laptop
Some laptops have buttons that control the audio. If your laptop has buttons similar to the buttons shown in the picture below, press the button with the crossed out speaker to mute the laptop speakers. If your laptop does not have these buttons, look for any FN key combo that can mute the speakers. The Fn key combination is specific to your laptop brand or model, so examine the keyboard or check your laptop documentation.
How to turn the volume down
Turn down the volume in Windows
In Windows, click the sound icon in the Windows Notification Area of the Taskbar that looks like a speaker. In the small window that appears, drag the volume down to turn down the sound. To turn it back up later, you can follow the same procedure and drag the slider up to the desired volume level.
Turn down the volume in the software program
If you only want to adjust a movie, sound file, or other audio program's volume, most programs include a configuration option to adjust the volume through the program or player you are using. Look for a sound icon or volume slider to adjust the audio settings. If you're in a game, you may have to go into the Audio settings of the game to adjust the volume.
Adjust the volume on speakers
All computer speakers have a volume knob that can be adjusted on the front of the speaker. Moving that knob to the left turns down the main speaker volume.
Adjust the volume on headphones
Some headphones and headsets have a volume control on the cord that connects in-between the headphones and the computer. Moving this knob in one of the available directions turns down the sound.
Adjust the volume on laptop
Some laptops have buttons that control the audio. If your laptop has buttons similar to the buttons pictured below, pressing the button with the least amount of sound waves (usually the left) turns down the volume. If your laptop does not have these buttons, look for any FN key combo that can be used to adjust the volume of the speakers. The Fn key combination is specific to your laptop brand or model, so examine the keyboard or check your laptop documentation.
How to disable an onboard sound card
If you want to install a new sound card and need to disable the onboard sound card in your computer, follow the steps below.
Disable through Microsoft Windows
- Access the Device Manager in Windows.
- Click the + or > symbol next to the Sound, video and game controllers option in the list.
- Right-click on the onboard sound card.
- In the pop-up menu that opens, select the Disable device option.
Disable through BIOS
Before performing the BIOS steps below, it is recommended that you install a new sound card to use in place of the onboard sound card.
- Access the computer's BIOS setup.
- In the BIOS, look for an option like Integrated Peripherals, Integrated Devices, or something similar. Depending on the type of BIOS, you may need to look in a section named Advanced or Configuration. Access that option to view the next screen of options.
- Look for an entry like Audio Device, Onboard Sound, or something similar. To the right of that entry, you should see an option currently set to Enable or Enabled. Change the option to Disable or Disabled.
- Look at the bottom of the BIOS screen to see which key or key combination to press to save the BIOS settings change. F10 or F12 are common keys to save BIOS settings changes. Press the appropriate key to save the changes.
- After saving the changes, exit the BIOS. The key to exit the BIOS is shown at the bottom of the BIOS screen.
After exiting the BIOS, the computer will restart. Because the onboard sound card is disabled, you need to connect the speaker's mini plug connector to the new sound card.