Windows automatically reducing my volume

Windows 7 or later, then you may have run into an odd behavior in your Windows experience. If you’re running a program that uses sound on a Windows 7, you may have noticed the volume of your sound is automatically reduced when you run certain programs, such as Skype or games with audio chat channels. As frustrating as this is, fortunately, it is easy to fix.  

Use our below steps to get started:

  • Launch your Control Panel or your Settings (depending on your Windows version) and head to the Sound configuration dialog.

  • In the Sound configuration window, click on the “Communications” tab. This is the location where this automatic reduction feature is configured.

    • Click ‘OK to finish. It may be wise to restart your computer once changing this setting. 

    • By default, the option to “Reduce the volume of other sounds by 80%” is selected. Change this to “Do nothing”. 

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February 10th, 2022


Sunnie Lydick

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