How to create a combination to control volume in Windows 10

 

How to create a combination to control volume in Windows 10

Introduction

In this guide we will talk about how to create a combination to control the volume in Windows 10, something we can do in different ways if we do not have dedicated keys for it on our keyboard , or the keys that we already have do not really convince us, because It is possible that, depending on our keyboard, the volume keys are in a strange position that forces us to move our hands a lot.


In the same way, if we have a mouse with extra buttons, we can dedicate them in its configuration, as we will see later in the case of a Logitech G403 , because although each manufacturer will have its own application, the way to configure this variable it is very similar between them.


Likewise, we also have different options regarding the keyboard of our equipment, so that we can be creative with the options that Windows offers, because as we can see in this guide , there are a large number of functions that we can assign to the key Shift,  as well as downloading a third-party program that helps us create the keyboard shortcuts that we see necessary when managing the volume of our equipment in a totally personalized way.


Create a key combination with Windows 10 shortcut

There is a fairly rudimentary way to have a keyboard shortcut that allows us to access the volume control of Windows 10, something that from here will allow us to manage the volume of the computer with the keyboard arrows.


First, we will have to create a shortcut, something that we will do for example on the desktop of our computer by right clicking there, and then selecting the "New" menu and then the "Direct Access" option.


In this way, we will create a shortcut to the following location: % windir% \ System32 \ SndVol.exe -f 49825268 , something that will point to the miniature volume control function that we can control with the up and down arrows on the keyboard.


Once this is done, we will only give a descriptive name to the shortcut , and we can see how by double clicking it we will be able to open the volume control, although this would be exactly the same as we can do with going to the system tray, so that we still have one more step left, and it will be to enable the shortcut , something that we can configure by right-clicking on the newly created shortcut and clicking on the " Shortcut key " field , which will allow us to press a key and create a combination for us, usually with the Ctrl or Shift keys.


As an exception, Windows will allow us to use some keys by themselves, mainly those of the numeric keypad , as well as allowing us to create combinations that require four keys pressed simultaneously, so in this case we can experiment if this method works well for us. style of use of the equipment or, on the contrary, we prefer any of the methods detailed below, which require the use of third-party software, either generic or specific to the manufacturer of our peripherals.


Create a volume booster combination with the manufacturer's software for our peripherals

When we acquire a keyboard or mouse from the main peripheral brands on the market, such as Corsair, Razer or Logitech , among many others, we generally have the possibility of customizing its behavior with the manufacturer's specific software, as we will show you below. .


In this particular case, the Logitech G403 has two side buttons that by default are assigned to commands to move forward and backward through the page history , as it would be for example in a web browser or Windows Explorer, so generally We will be interested in downloading the corresponding program to modify this behavior.


The general steps will always be the same, and to begin with, we will have to access the website of the manufacturer of the device that we want to customize and download the corresponding application. In the case at hand, we will download the Logitech Gaming Software , which should be useful for the vast majority of Logitech devices, although in the case of next-generation devices we may need the Logitech G Hub.


Once the equipment is installed and restarted, we will open the application and select the device to customize, in our case the Logitech G403, where we can configure everything related to it, including the behavior of each individual button.


It is here where we can select the behavior of the side buttons, which are the ones we use for this example, although this is universal for any action or macro that we want to do, not just raise and lower the volume of the equipment, so that if we have a mouse with many buttons that we do not use, we can assign various functions to them.


Use Sharpkeys and create a key combination to increase the volume

Finally, if we do not have a keyboard compatible with some software that allows us to make personal assignments or configure macros, we are not out of the game yet, because there are also ways through third-party software that will allow us to assign keys on our keyboard to other functions, such as For example, Sharpkeys , which in its version 3.9 is compatible with all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows 10.


This tool is nothing more than a friendly interface to modify what really matters, the Windows registry, so that, although through the GitHub code of this open source application we could get to understand how to modify the registry by hand to make new key assignments, Sharpkeys offers an extremely easy method of locating which key we want to use for which functionality.


In our case, we will use the page up and down keys to raise and lower the volume, and it will be as simple as clicking on the "Add" button, and in the dialog that opens, click on the "Type Key" button, something that will allow us to press a key and the program will take care of obtaining the registry key corresponding to it.


Once this is done, press OK, and in the right field we look for “Media: Volume Up” to increase the volume or “Media: Volume Down” to lower the volume, depending on what we want to do with that key. We will repeat this process as many times as we want for all the functions we need, and once this is done, we will click on “Write to Registry”, something that will write the changes to the Windows registry.


After closing and logging in, we will see how the assigned keys already fulfill their new role, something that will happen without even having SharpKeys started , since the changes are saved in the Windows registry instead of being changed on the fly through an application. The downside of this method is that we will have to log out and log in every time we want to make a change, but since it is not something we have to touch every day, we do not think it is an impediment.


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