Windows 10 1803 April Update has some notable new features such as Focus Assist and Timeline. But there are several other improvements that don’t get as much attention and notoriety but benefit users nonetheless. One of which is the improvements to Sound Settings that were previously managed via the classic Control Panel. Here is a look at how you can manage speaker and microphone levels, sound effects, and even adjust audio preferences on an app to app basis on your PC.
Windows 10 1803 Sound Settings
To check out the new options for sound, head to Settings > System > Sound. There you will see options to adjust the levels of the sound input (mic) and output (speakers) connected to your system.
There are also important advanced features like the ability to control the audio preferences of individual apps. This is replacing the Volume Mixer available in previous versions. You’ll find the new sound settings page under the “Other Sound Options” section. Click on the “App volume and device preferences” option.
From there you can choose the volume levels for each individual app as well as the default input/output device for each one. This is great for podcasting or home recording when you’re running multiple mics and speaker systems. Note that the app will need to be running for it to show up in the list. If you want to start over, just tap the Reset button.
There have been some improvements to the context menu where you can control some basic audio preferences and open sound settings from the taskbar. Right-click on the speaker icon to get the context menu which still allows you to open the classic Volume Mixer. However, you shouldn’t rely on it sticking around for future updates as everything is moving to the new Settings page.
If you choose Device Properties for either the input or output device, it will open the classic Control Panel sound settings you’re used to. For example, if you click on Device properties for your speakers, it will open the dialog where you can change levels, add sound enhancements, or start the troubleshooting utility for devices.
While this update is adding more sound options to the modern Settings app, not everything has been moved yet. If you need to tweak some of the more advanced sound options, you can still use the classic utilities. But expect more sound options to be ported over to the modern experience moving forward.