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Windows 7: Sound Shortcuts - Create

Sound Shortcuts - Create

How to Create Sound Shortcuts in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
20 Jan 2010
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How to Create Sound Shortcuts in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to create or download shortcuts that open directly to the Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communications tabs in the Sound control panel in Windows 7 and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: Sound
NOTE: Opened to the Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communications tabs in Folder Options.
Name:  Playback.jpg
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Size:  77.2 KBName:  Recording.jpg
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Size:  93.5 KB
Name:  Sounds.jpg
Views: 8367
Size:  114.3 KBName:  Communications.jpg
Views: 8349
Size:  86.8 KB



OPTION ONE
To Download a "Sound" Shortcut
1. Sound Shortcut that Opens to the Playback Tab
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Sound_Playback.zip
download
2. Sound Shortcut that Opens to the Recording Tab
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Sound_Recording.zip
download
3. Sound Shortcut that Opens to the Sounds Tab
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Sounds.zip
download
4. Sound Shortcut that Opens to the Communications Tab
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Sound_Communications.zip

download

5. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

6. Open the downloaded .zip file and extract the Sound shortcut to the desktop.

7. Unblock the Sound shortcut. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Unblock.jpg
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8. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

9. In Windows 8 and 8.1, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

10. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.







OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a "Sound" Shortcut
1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Type the location below into the location area for what tab you want the Sound shortcut to open to, and click/tap on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
  • Playback Tab
    • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
  • Recording Tab
    • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
  • Sounds Tab
    • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
  • Communications Tab
    • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
Name:  Step1.jpg
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3. Type the name of the Sound tab for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
Name:  Step2.jpg
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4. Right click or press and hold on the new Sound shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step4.jpg
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", type in the location below, and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\mmsys.cpl
Name:  Step5.jpg
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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like for this shortcut instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
Name:  Step6.jpg
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9. In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

10. In Windows 8 and 8.1, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn


11 Nov 2011   #1
even7ven

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Awesome! Can you take it a step further to Enhancements in Speakers' Properties?



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09 Dec 2011   #2
NanaSarah

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Is there a way to make a script or shortcut that will open sound like this, then make a choice of the playback devices?
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09 Dec 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but not that I know of, or if it's possible.

You might create a new thread to see what suggestions you may get on it.
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23 Mar 2013   #4
mikezter

64
 
 
Thanks so much!

Thank you so much. Please allow me to condense the information a bit:


Use rundll to display the sound settings dialog. The last argument specifies the tab to open.


Example: Playback Tab (0)
Code:
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
Example: Recording Tab (1)
Code:
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
For those wondering why i care:

I'm using SoundWire to connect my Headphones to the PC, so i don't need to crawl under the desk to plug them in. But turning off the loudspeakers is at least 10 klicks in Windows 7.
I cooked up a AutoIt script to do it for me, but I could not figure out how to open this Dialog without using the mouse. Thanks you for providing these shortcuts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Mar 2013   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Mike. I'm glad that it could help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2014   #6
RedDragonV09

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I dont know if this was covered before with Nirsoft as there were many search results for it however I could not find one for this use.

You can use nircmd from Nirsoft to create desktop shortcuts.

Right click, New, Shortcut.

Use this line as the target for your shortcut.

C:\Windows\nircmd.exe setdefaultsounddevice "Exact device name goes here"

The device name can be found in the playback tab of your Sound under control panel or from right clicking the speaker icon in the system tray.

Then name your shortcut whatever you want.

If you dont want nircmd.exe in your windows folder, specify the alternate location where you saved it instead of the default windows folder directory.

Also, this is not a program that runs in the background. It just executes.

There are also other programs which allow for a hotkey you can choose from your keyboard, but the ones I have seen either work only for xp, require it in the system tray (which you can still hide) and/or add another background process.

But I like nircmd the best.
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