How to Restore a Sound Icon

In Windows and on a Mac, you can use an icon shaped like an audio speaker to adjust the computer's volume or mute the sound output completely. Whichever operating system you are running, it is possible to remove the volume icon from the screen. If you have removed the volume icon accidentally, you may not have a convenient way to adjust your computer's sound volume. Restore the sound icon to resume using it to adjust the volume or mute your computer's sound output.

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A speaker-shaped icon controls the volume in most operating systems.

Restoring the sound icon on the Mac

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Click the "System Preferences" icon on the dock. If you have removed this icon from the dock, click the Apple icon at the top of the screen, then click "System Preferences."

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Click the "Sound" icon in the "System Preferences" window.

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Place a check in the box at the bottom of the window labeled "Show volume in menu bar." The sound icon appears at the top of the screen.

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Close the window to resume using your computer.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows 7

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Click the Windows Orb (Start button), then click "Control Panel."

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Click "Taskbar and Start Menu." If you do not see this icon, click the "View by:" drop-down menu at the top of the window and select "Small icons."

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Click the "Taskbar" tab, then click the "Customize" button.

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Click the drop-down menu next to "Volume" and select "Show icon and notifications."

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Click "OK" twice and close the Control Panel.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows Vista

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Click the Windows Orb (Start button), then click "Control Panel."

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Double-click "Taskbar and Start Menu." If you do not see this icon, click the "Classic View" link.

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Select the "Notification Area" tab.

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Place a check in the box labeled "Volume."

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Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows XP

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Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel."

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Double-click the "Sounds and Audio Devices" icon, or click "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices," then click "Sounds and Audio Devices."

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Place a check in the box labeled "Place volume icon in the taskbar."

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Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows 2000

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Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."

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Double-click "Sounds and Multimedia."

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Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."

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Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows Millennium Edition (ME)

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Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."

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Double-click "Sounds and Multimedia." If you do not see this icon, click the "View All Control Panel Options" link.

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Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."

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Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.

Restoring the sound icon in Windows 98

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Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."

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Double-click "Multimedia."

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Click the "Audio" tab.

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Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."

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Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.