You have several options for controlling volume in Windows Media Player, including adjusting the volume level, muting, and reducing volume differences either within a song or between songs. Remember that other software and hardware controls can affect the volume and audio effects settings in the Player. If you encounter problems, try adjusting your Windows audio settings, the physical controls on your speakers, subwoofer, or amplifier, or the settings in any other software used to configure the sound card in your computer. For information about how to adjust the speaker volume in Windows, see Windows Help and Support.

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To adjust or mute volume

  • To increase or decrease the volume level, move the Volume slider Picture of the Volume slider. To mute the volume, click the Mute button Picture of the Mute button. To restore audio, click the Mute button again Picture of the Mute button.

To reduce volume differences within a song

You can avoid wide swings in volume in a piece of music by reducing the difference between the loudest and softest sounds. This feature is available only with files that were encoded by using the Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless codec or Windows Media Audio 9 Professional codec.

  1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, point to Enhancements, and then click Quiet Mode.

  2. Click the Turn on link, and then do one of the following:

    • For a smaller difference between loud and soft sounds, click Medium difference.

    • For the smallest difference between loud and soft sounds, click Little difference.

  3. To hide the settings, click the Close button Picture of the Close button in the Enhancements pane.

To reduce volume differences between songs

If your songs play at different volume levels, you can have the Player level (also called normalize) the volume for you so that you don't have to manually adjust the volume when a new song starts. The Player does so by reading a volume-leveling value in a file, and then adjusting the volume accordingly during playback. Volume leveling is only available with files that are in Windows Media or MP3 format and contain a volume-leveling value. This value is automatically added to the files that are created during ripping. In addition, you can add this value to files on your computer that you have added to your Player library. Adding the value does not change either the quality of a file or how the file plays in other players or portable media devices. To turn on volume-leveling, do the following:

  1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, point to Enhancements, and then click Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling.

  2. Click the Turn on Auto Volume Leveling link.

  3. To add the volume-leveling value to a file, play the entire file. The Player will then level the volume for that file whenever you play it in the future.

  4. To hide the settings, click the Close button Picture of the Close button in the Enhancements pane.
  5. (Optional) To add a volume-leveling value to files, do the following:

    • Click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Add to Library.

    • Click Advanced Options, and then select the Add volume-leveling values for all files (slow) check box.