|The speaker icon may be hidden - click on the < at the left of the icons, if that's there, in your taskbar lower right to reveal it if you don't see it there. |
If it's not there, either the sound software was not installed properly, or a setting needs to be changed, or in a small number of cases, it may disappear at random because of buggy sound drivers.
Control Panel - Sounds and Audio devices.
There should be a check mark beside "Place volume icon in the taskbar". If the checkmark is not there, click on the small box beside it to insert the checkmark, click on OK - the speaker icon should then be in the taskbar. If it is there, if there is no speaker icon in the taskbar, sometimes you need to click on the small box beside it to remove the checkmark, click on OK, open up Sounds and Audio devices again, click on the small box beside it to insert the checkmark, click on OK - the speaker icon should then be in the taskbar. If the software is buggy (or if the sound software has not been installed properly) the icon may disappear again at random or after you reboot.
If adjusting the default master volume by left clicking on the speaker icon and doing that doesn' help for the sound you want to adjust, RIGHT click on the speaker icon and choose Open Volume Control.
If you don't see the volume control for what you want to adjust, select Options top left of the mixer window, Properties, click on a box with no checkmark for what you want to appear in the mixer so it has a checkmark in it.
The mic volume is supposed to be muted in that mixer - it's un-muted when you use a program that can use a mic, muted again when you exit the program. If you can't hear or record sound when you use a mic,
- sometimes a program that uses a mic has not been properly made, and muting the mic in it and then exiting the program leaves it muted all the time. E.g. Some older versions of Dragon Naturally Speaking.
- do you have more than one mic? If so, Control Panel - Sounds and Audio devices - Audio tab - change the Sound Recording Default device to another mic.
- sometimes a program has not been properly made, and muting the sound in it and then exiting the program leaves it muted all the time. E.g. Some older versions of Winamp.