When it comes to changing the volume of sound in Windows, users are left with three main options. They can try and change the sound using application settings, use Windows sound controls for it, or change the sound on their audio output device directly. If you are only left with the controls that Windows provides, you may have noticed that it is not that comfortable to change the sound volume often or quickly.
That's where the free program Volume 2 enters the picture as it adds several options to control the volume of sound in the Windows operating system. You will spend some time going through all the options the application provides on first run, just to understand all the things that it is making available.
Activated by default are options to use the system tray icon of the program and the mouse wheel while the mouse cursor is hovering over the taskbar of the system. The latter is a convenient option to change the volume with a single flick of the mouse wheel.
Those are not the only options though, but all remaining ones need to be activated before they become available. Screen Edge for instance allows you to change the volume when you move the mouse along the edge of selected screens. And then there are options to create keyboard shortcuts for the following actions:
Another interesting option is the scheduler that you can use to run various actions automatically. This includes changing the volume, but also the brightness or running a program. The run options are very extensive: from running once to running on start of the system, when the audio device changes or after an application has been run.
The majority of options can be configured extensively. The option to change the sound volume when you rotate the mouse wheel over the taskbar for instance can be modified in several ways. You can first select to change the taskbar location to several others including the desktop, window caption, anywhere on the screen or the system tray. In addition, you can add mute on middle-mouse button click as an option, and add a key to the volume changing process to avoid accidental volume changes.
Volume 2 allows you further to modify the volume changing granularity and pick an primary and alternative audio device.
This is definitely one of the better sound volume programs for the Windows operating system. It is fully compatible with all recent versions of Windows, and available as a portable version and installer. Best of all: the programs memory footprint is really low as well.
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