Automatic Volume control changes using Windows 7 Communication settings

Windows 7 has a built-in feature for changing the Communication settings. Using this settings, users can specify the desired volume control when they place or receive a telephone call in their PC.

This settings can be accessed via Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Change System Sounds -> Select Communications tab


Any one of the following options can be set when it detects communication activity

  • Mute all other Sounds
  • Reduce the volume of other sounds by 80%
  • Reduce the volume of other sounds by 505
  • Do nothing.
In Category: Windows 7

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  • Haama February 26, 2010, 3:31 am

    This does not work on my computer. I’d love to get it working. It always reduces by 50% no matter which setting I choose.

  • Chase April 2, 2010, 11:49 pm

    doesn’t work on mine either just reduces other volumes and messes up Mumble. Windows added something they shouldnt have touched!

  • Dr Jefferson May 3, 2010, 4:04 am

    Interestingly, I am having the same issue. I have tried various solutions, but they have each failed. It is a shame that I cannot listen to music easily whilst completing work on my laptop…

  • Gordo June 27, 2010, 9:26 am

    This option ist just broke. =/

  • jarno February 26, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Yup, same here. Useless option 🙁 Any way to turn this option off ?

  • Brad March 20, 2011, 12:50 pm

    I would have thought someone with more than three brain cells to rub together (which I guess excludes a good number of the programmers and developers working for Microsoft) would have elected this option to be DISABLED by default, instead of not only enabled, but buried in some hard-to-find location so the g.d. thing can continually annoy you by randomly changing the volume setting for everything you’ve gotten balanced on your own, simply because you plug in a USB device like a mouse. THAT really annoys me since I frequently am plugging/unplugging USB devices with NO RELATIONSHIP to audio.

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