Shortcut to sound control panel?

How do I pin the sound control panel to the taskbar or the start menu or even the desktop?

Can't drag & drop it. It does not show up in recent items, although I use it several times a day to switch the output.

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Are you referring to sound controls?

If yes, you can see the controls at the right bottom corner in the task bar.

There is no such shortcut for sound control panel. Just type sound in the search bar to access sound settings.

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You should be able to drag and drop the Control Panel icon to the desktop or else right-click it and choose "Create Shortcut."

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I eventually was able to find the classic control panel window and could create a shortcut on the desktop (which I still can't pin to the taskbar or start menu).  Seems to be the only way. Why can the panel not be treated like an app or program? 

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Sorry, but no help. It is about quickly switching the sound output device without having to open the start menu and type sound. 

"There is no such shortcut for sound control panel."

 Thanks so much.

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Hi,

Thank you for the reply.

I suggest you to post your valuable suggestions in Windows feedback app. So, that developers will try to implement it in future Windows 10 Builds to enhance user experience.

Let us know if you need assistance regarding Windows. 

 
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Create a desktop shortcut with the following target:

explorer shell:::{F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}

or using canonical name as below:

control.exe /name Microsoft.Sound

or

control mmsys.cpl

Rename the shortcut as "Sounds", and change the icon (via Properties) accordingly.

Right-click the shortcut and choose Pin to taskbar.

Delete the desktop shortcut.

Bonus Tip!

You can choose which tab you want to open by default. 0 opens the first tab, 1 opens the 2nd tab, and so on.

control mmsys.cpl,,0

control mmsys.cpl,,1

control mmsys.cpl,,2

control mmsys.cpl,,3

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In Windows 10 right click Windows start menu icon. Select search then type the name of the item in the control panel you want to pin to the taskbar.  It should find it. and from there you can right click and pin to taskbar.

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I have done as you suggested but when i right click to set the pin, it will only allow me to pin it to the Start Menu, not the Task Bar.  Have i missed a step?

Thanks

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See if changing the shortcut target to the following, helps:

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0

If it doesn't work, use this method:

Create a shortcut (on the desktop) to a different program, that's not already Pinned to taskbar, say Notepad. Rename the shortcut as desired and change the icons. Pin it to taskbar.

Then open this folder:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

Alter the shortcut target there.

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Thanks Ramesh. The second option "control.exe /name Microsoft.Sound" worked for me perfectly.

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