[Résolu] The sound icon no longer works in Windows, what to do?

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Last updated: 02/16/2018

The sound volume control icon

Here is a tip to solve a problem that regularly breaks my feet. I listen to music very often on my computer at work. Obviously, when someone comes to see me in my office, I cut or I lower the sound via thevolume icon (represented by a loud speaker) which is present in the taskbar of Windows 10.

Most of the time, this icon works fine. A click on the volume icon and it is then possible to adjust the volume of your computer with the wheel of your mouse or by sliding the cursor horizontally.

Adjust the volume of your computer from the volume icon in the Windows taskbar

Problem: the sound volume control icon no longer works in Windows, what to do?

But it sometimes happens that the sound volume control via the dedicated icon no longer works! No matter how much you click on the volume icon, there is no way you can adjust the volume. Granted, most of the time a restart will be enough to fix the problem. But it’s not always very practical to have to restart because of this sound problem …

Tip for making the volume control work from the Windows taskbar icon

Here is a little trick available for Windows 10 if you too can no longer adjust the volume of your PC from the icon.

  1. Right click on the Windows start menu and select Task Manager.
  2. In the Task Manager, select the process Windows explorer (explorer.exe). Once selected, it will appear highlighted.
  3. Click on the button at the bottom right To restart.
    Restart Windows Explorer from task manager to resolve volume icon issue

This restart of Windows Explorer will have the effect of closing and restarting Windows Explorer. Because the Windows explorer is responsible for the display of the windows of the explorer, the desktop, the taskbar etc … So don’t be surprised if your taskbar and its shortcuts disappear for a few seconds. Then click on the speaker icon in your Windows taskbar, you should have the volume controls displayed again!

Note that this tip is not only valid for Windows 10 but also for older versions of Microsoft’s operating system (Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP etc …). You may need to open the task manager in another way. Indeed, the right-click shortcut from the Start menu does not work in all versions of Windows. But the main trick is the same: restart Windows File Explorer !

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