How to Adjust the Volume or Mute a Specific Program in Windows 7

Posted on April 19, 2012

If you're like me, you enjoy listening to music while browsing the internet. Everything is fine; you're enjoying yourself, when suddenly an annoying ad starts playing automatically on the web page you just opened, nearly blowing your eardrums out of your head.

I have run into this many times; it’s unpleasant and completely unnecessary! I’m going to show you how to use a powerful tool built into Windows 7 to control the audio volume available to specific applications.

Let’s get started:

  1.  Click on the “Volume” icon in the system tray (bottom right corner near the clock):


  1. Click “mixer”:


You will be provided a list of each application currently accessing your sound system.

  1. Adjust the volume (1)  or completely mute (2) it for the specific application causing the issue. In this case, the annoying ad came while I was browsing the internet using Mozilla Firefox. This would indicate we need to mute or reduce the volume on Mozilla Firefox.


Quick and easy, and you will no longer have to suffer through ads or annoying audio while listening to your music!

I would also like to make sure you are aware that if you mute or reduce the volume for an application like Mozilla Firefox, it will affect everything in Mozilla Firefox. If you visit youtube and require audio for another feature in Mozilla Firefox, you will need to adjust this volume when the time comes.