My desktop has a basic integrated VIA HD audio chip. For output purposes, I have a pair of passably good headphones (suitable for music, films and games) as well as the integrated speakers in my LCD screen, which are awful but perfectly fine for podcasts, YouTube, alarm clocks, chatting on Skype, non-immersive games etc. Currently, the headphones are connected as the front speakers, and the monitor as the rear speakers. (My case also has front connectors for headphones, but I prefer not to use those since (a) the sound cable would get in the way and (b) the sound quality is slightly, but noticeably worse.)
What I'd like to do is to be able to turn the monitor's speakers on and off as quickly and easily as possible.
Unfortunately, the monitor doesn't have a Mute button - or rather, it's buried in the annoyingly slow OSD, and turning the speakers on/off requires nine button presses, taking around ten seconds every time.
What I do right now is: right click on the volume icon -> Playback devices -> "Speakers" -> Configure -> switch either to Stereo or Quadraphonic -> click 'next/finish' three times -> Click OK. This is faster than using the monitor "Mute", but not by much.
Here's the idea I had: if the stereo/quadraphonic setting for my default speakers happens to be stored as a Registry entry, and if the change takes effect immediately even upon manually editing the Registry, I could just put two .reg files on my desktop and switch the monitor speakers on/off with a double click (or give them a shortcut and a keyboard quickbind).
Does anyone know if the above could work, and where such a Registry entry might be located? Or any other approach that might achieve what I want?
Thank you for reading this!