How to create custom shortcuts to adjust volume controls in Windows

I recently replaced my desktop keyboard with a new one. It’s cool and the keys have nice travel, but it lacks volume control keys. It’s a bit frustrating to adjust the volume every time with the mouse.

So I have checked online for keyboard shortcuts for volume controls. To my surprise, there are no default shortcuts for the volume controls. Anyway, we can create a shortcut on our own. And this is how you can do it.

Create custom shortcuts to adjust volume controls

There are two best ways to create a shortcut for volume control. Both methods work on all versions of Windows. Let me start with the easiest of them.

The first method is to create a shortcut to open the volume control panel so that you can use the arrow keys to adjust the volume. Since this only opens the Volume Control Panel, you cannot instantly raise or lower the volume with a shortcut.

In the second method, we can create a shortcut for volume up, volume down, and mute. But this is a bit of a long process, but it is definitely not the difficult one.

Create a shortcut to open the volume control panel

1. To create a shortcut to open the volume control panel, right-click on the desktop> New> shortcut.

2. And copy and paste this code in the location option in the tab that appeared and click next.

sndvol -f 111111111

3. Give your shortcut a name; by default, it is set to sndvol. I continue with the default. Then click on finish.

4. Now you can see this icon on the home screen.

5. Right-click on that icon and click properties.

6. In the shortcut keys section, press any alphabet, number or character, and the shortcut will be set to Ctrl + Alt + ‘Your shortcut’.

7. And click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.

Now you can press your shortcut each time to get the volume controls at the bottom right. And you can increase or decrease the volume using the up and down arrow keys.

Creating a shortcut to raise, lower, and mute the volume with AutoHotKey

Although the first method is easy and works great, just open the volume control panel, which is not really a shortcut for adjusting the volume.

To create a shortcut to adjust the volume, we can use a third-party app like AutoHotkey, follow the steps on how to set it

1. Download the current version of AutoHotKey Software, Open the file and select Custom Install.

2. Select 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your computer and click Next.

3. Check the checkbox next to “Add Run with UI access to context menus” and click Install and Exit.

4. Now right click on the desktop> New> AutoHotKey Script.

5. Then you can see an icon on the desktop like this.

6. Right-click the icon and click the edit script.

7. Now you can see a Notepad with some script already written. Just ignore it and put this code below.


8. This will create the shortcut win + 8 to lower the volume, win + 9 to increase the volume, and win + 0 to mute.

9. Or you can even change them, just open Autohotkey> Usage and Syntax> Key List. Here you can see the keywords for each button for mouse, keyboard, joystick.

10. Use those keywords and replace # 8, # 9 and # 0 in the above code and put it in notepad and save.

11. The shortcuts should be working now. Otherwise, right-click the icon again and click Run Script.

12. Although the shortcuts work, they are not part of the system, so every time you start, the system will not load the files and you will have to run the script manually.

13. For the process to be automatic, we need to place this file in the system files.

14. Press Win + R to open Run and put this code in it. Then click OK.

shell:common startup

15. It will open a system folder in the file manager. Just drag and drop the AutoHotKey file into that folder.

16. And that’s it. Now your shortcuts will be loaded every time the system starts for you to use.

These shortcuts will show you the native Windows shortcuts, instead of creating a new panel as the first method.

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