How to Increase the Sound Volume on a PC

By Jacqui Lane

The personal computer has evolved beyond the utilitarian purposes for which it was originally created. Computers today have become personal entertainment machines, capable of streaming music and video from the Internet, playing DVDs and displaying games with 3-D graphics. One important component to enjoying music, movies and games is the audio; if the sound is too low, you may have trouble hearing. Fortunately, increasing the volume on your computer is an easy task.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of your screen, and select "Control Panel" from the menu.

Step 2

Click "Hardware and Sound" from the Control Panel menu.

Step 3

Select "Adjust System Volume," beneath "Audio Devices and Sound."

Step 4

Click on the slider bar marked "Main Volume." Holding down your left mouse button, drag the slider upwards. Release your mouse button when you have increased the volume to an acceptable level.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also access the volume control by clicking on the speaker icon on the right side of Windows task bar, at the bottom of your screen. Drag the slider up and down to adjust the volume.
  • If you have increased the volume to maximum and the sound is still low, make sure your speakers are turned on and plugged in. Some speakers have an external volume adjustment knob; make sure that is also turned up.