Taskbar Volume Control Icon not Working in Windows 10

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Occasionally, the volume control icon in your Taskbar notification area may fail to respond when you left-click or right-click on it. Nothing may happen when you click on the speaker icon in the Taskbar. As a result, you’re unable to change the system volume. This post tells you how to work around the Taskbar volume control problem in Windows 10.

Taskbar Volume Control Icon not Working

The volume control icon may fail to respond intermittently for unknown reasons. The quickest way to resolve the issue is to restart the Explorer shell.

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar, and click Task Manager
  2. In Task Manager, scroll down to Windows processes category.
  3. Right-click Windows Explorer in the list, and click Restart

    (For more information, check out article How to Exit Explorer and Restart Explorer in Windows 10)

    The above procedure restarts the Explorer shell. See if the volume control button works now.

Other Workarounds for the Taskbar Volume Control Problem

1. Reinstall ShellExperienceHost

Start PowerShell.exe as administrator and then run this command:

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

reinstall shellexperiencehost windows 10

The above command reinstalls the ShellExperienceHost package, which is responsible for Start menu & Taskbar functionality.

2. Launch Volume Mixer by Running SndVol.exe

Alternately, you can run the file SndVol.exe via the Run dialog. This file opens the Volume Mixer dialog from where you can adjust the volume per-application or per-system.

volume control sndvol.exe volume mixer

Hope the methods described in this article helped you fix the non-responsive Taskbar Volume Control icon in Windows 10.

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