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Windows 7: Swap left/right audio channels

27 Mar 2011   #1

Win7 Pro x64 / WinXP x32
Swap left/right audio channels

Hi there,

due to the layout of my new desk, I have to keep the speaker which outputs the left stereo channel on the right and the one that outputs the right channel on the left. As such, my sound is now inverted, which is especially annoying when playing games.

Does anyone know if there is a on-board solution or a tool to swap the audio channels?


PS: I tried to search for a solution first but most where like "just swap the speakers" which I cannot do due to insufficient cable lengths

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27 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Pre

Other than Buying a 3.5mm Jack headphone extender as far as i know it cant be done, But saying that in a Old game (UT2k4) in the settings and audio area there is a reverse stereo. So have a look at your games setting menu you never know it might be there.

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27 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

this is the closest thing i could find for you software wise if you don't have a utility to do it... its a free to try thing but you might have to pay later... i think a better option would be extension cables but this is technically what you are asking for...
Swap Speakers Software for Windows 7 - Swap speaker output. - Windows 7 Download

though im not really sure what EXACTLY it does, it could just be pin re-assignment too lol
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17 Jun 2016   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64Bit

I know, this is an old post, but since it pops up as the first result in Google when searching for "Windows Swap Audio Channels", I thought it would be good posting a working solution here:

  • Download Equalizer APO from
  • Configure it to attach to your output device (Usually something like: "Speakers - VIA HD Audio" or "Speakers - Realtek HD Audio"); you can change this later with the "Configurator" tool from the Equalizer APO start menu folder
  • Create a new file in C:\Program Files\EqualizerAPO\config, name it for example swapchannels.txt
  • Paste the following line into it as its only content:
    Copy: L=R R=L
  • Save it
  • Open Equalizer APO's configuration editor
  • Make sure that your device is the correct one in the dropdown menu on the top right
  • If applicable, remove all pre-configured options by clicking the red "minus" icon (or, if shown, the button with two arrows pointing downwards, then "Remove")
  • Click the green "plus" icon to add a new configuration for your output device, then navigate to the "Include configuration file" option
  • Select your swapchannels.txt file
  • Save/Apply the configuration
  • Voilą!
Install and configure EqualizerAPO for your output device with only one configuration file that has only
Copy: L=R R=L
as its content.

Hope this helps!
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2 Weeks Ago   #5

windows 10 64 bit

It doesn't work, in fact the configuration editor tool will just crash if you try and do that, then becomes in-openable because it crashes instantly when you try and do so.
I'd really like to fix this tho
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