The old versioned volume mixer of Windows 10 will get a newer version in an upcoming update
While most users are used to the old pattern of adjusting individual apps volume, a newer update will be rolling out soon to replace it, although the old version will not totally go out of use as it will remain an optional feature for those who still find it a lot appealing.
The volume of individual programs and apps is to open the volume mixer, which is accessed by clicking the taskbar’s speaker icon. But it seems that this legacy option might be removed in future versions of Windows 10. With the Volume Mixer, users can, for example, turn down the volume of any open browsers while making apps such as Spotify louder. It’s an easy-to-use and helpful feature within Windows 10, but it appears to be on the way out.
The image above describes what the outdated version of the volume mixer looks like, showing different apps and their respective volume box that suggest that you can control the volume of every app that exists on your system. The images reviews what was spotted on by users of the latest build (18272) available to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, however, Microsoft has what appears as a modern version of the volume Mixer as seen in the image below.
Now when you right-click on the taskbar’s speaker icon, it brings up a menu containing the ‘Open Volume Mixer’ option, but selecting it now opens the App Volume and Device Preferences page in Settings.
While the feature has been available for a while now, located in the setting; Microsoft is now directing users toward it when they attempt to access the old Volume Mixer. Users can still manually set the sound levels for each open app, as well as change the sound inputs and outputs for individual applications—one program’s sound could be output through your headphones, while another could come through your speakers in the latest update.
The new development has left many wondering where the feature is located. The mixer can still be accessed in this Windows build, though it involves using the Control Panel or by searching for SndVol.exe in Cortana. With the latest development, there is a probability that Microsoft could eventually do away with the old feature altogether.
While the new app volume and reference page offer more interesting feature than the old Volume Mixer, a number of users still don’t find it necessary. Well, I haven’t personally check that out yet, but if you have, please do tell us what it feels like in the comment section.