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Friday, September 10, 2021

Easily Disable Sound Devices on Windows 11


If you have an audio output device connected to your Windows 11 PC—such as speakers, headphones, or a headset—that you don’t want to output sound to, you can disable it in Settings without having to uninstall it in Windows. Here’s how.

First, you’ll need to open the sound options in Windows Settings. To do so, press Windows+i on your keyboard and navigate to System > Sound. Or, you can right-click the speaker icon in your taskbar and select “Sound Settings.”

When Settings opens to the “Sound” page, find the “Output” section near the top and click the sideways caret (arrow) beside the audio output device that you want to disable.

Click the caret arrow beside the sound device you want to configure.

On the Properties page for the sound device, look in the “General” section and locate the “Audio” option, which says “Allow apps and Windows to use this device for audio” beneath it. Click the “Don’t Allow” button beside it.

Click "Don't Allow."

The sound device has been disabled—no trip to Device Manager necessary. If you close Settings and reopen it again later, you’ll notice that the disabled device will no longer be listed in the “Output” section of the System > Sound page. 

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