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57 +58/-1 votes

Faster change of default playback device

Submitted by Dazob on May 26, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

A lot of users have to change playback devices very often.
Currently they have to right click on the taskbar volume icon, select playback devices, click on the desired device, click at use as default and click ok.
It would be good to do this in an easier way.

This could be done in the taskbar volume icon window.
E.g. by clicking at the device icon (instead of showing the properties of the device which could be put in a context menu)
It could also be done by showing a new checkbox (or radiobox) to select the default playback device (like in Windows XP sound input mixer)
Of course only if more than one device is shown in the taskbar volume icon window (which can already be configured in Windows 7 RC)

A keyboard shortcut would also be good

Low

Low

Not fixed

Discussion (3 comments)

CraiginNJ wrote on March 14, 2010, 2:20pm

+1: good idea.

PS - If you think ideas like this are worthwhile, you might want to vote thumbs-up for the related http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/76 which is one of the all-time top suggestions but hasn't been at the top in any shorter period since, so it might need a boost if there's any hope for it. Then, add your suggestion in a comment there with a URL link to your original suggestion.

xpclient wrote on September 25, 2010, 1:27pm

+1. There are third party tools (http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/08/26/...-windows-vista-and-xp/) but a built-in way would be nicer. :)

Edit: Tried all the third party tools but amongst those that do work with Windows 7/Vista, all of them switch the device by starting the sound control panel and sending keystrokes. None of them seems to do it programmatically (which means there may be no way to do it programmatically). Shame on you, MS.

Comment edited on September 25, 2010, 3:52pm

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