A new improved audio mixer is coming to Windows 11 that allows users to make individual volume and audio output adjustments directly from the taskbar. The updated volume mixer has been officially unveiled as part of the new Preview Build 25309 rolled out to testers in the Windows 11 Insider Dev channel.
When released, the updated mixer will be located within the Quick Settings panel of the Windows taskbar, which can be accessed by clicking on the volume icon. Microsoft also added a new Windows keyboard shortcut (Win + Ctrl + V) to open the mixer directly. The mixer allows users to easily move between audio outputs (i.e. headphones, speakers, etc.), as well as adjust the volume of individual apps and toggle spatial audio technologies. such as Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a new volume mixer. Prior to Microsoft’s official announcement, the feature leaked last month after being discovered inside an experimental flag in a Windows 11 test build. This may also sound familiar to anyone who has used EarTrumpet – a third-party volume control app for Windows that’s practically built. five years ago to “fill the many gaps in the Windows 10 audio management experience.”
There is currently no word on a public release date for Windows volume mixer. Microsoft said it won’t be available to all Dev Channel Insiders “just yet,” allowing the company to monitor feedback before making the feature more widely available. However: better late than never for Microsoft to reach third-party options.