How To Adjust Audio Balance In Windows 7

429 Okay so how can you change the balance of the speaker volume in Windows 7 ?

Recently I had this problem with my earphone it doesn’t produce a balanced output sound anymore. I know that it’s a hardware problem, but fortunately you can adjust this in the software.

Before it use to be pretty simple to change the balance in Windows. But unfortunately in Windows 7 it becomes a little bit hard to find the option.

Here is how you can change the audio balance in Windows 7


Go to Sound > Properties


Under “Levels” tab click “Balance”

Now you can adjust the volume for both left and right speaker, adjust them accordingly. Also Windows 7 is smart enough that which audio device this has been adjusted on. If you add a new audio output it will by default change to balanced each.

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  • Billy Buerger

    I'll have to test this out on my other Win7 PC, but I noticed that when you set the balance and adjust the volume, the ratio you set stays the same. Set left to 5, right to 10, turn up volume and left is 8, right is 16. Good. Now, turn down the volume to 0, left and right is 0. Turn up the volume and left and right are both 5. No more balance. I guess the answer is just never turn down the volume to 0. But that's just a work around for a bug.

  • xel

    try changing it by one point – it will change itself back to the original value or change the other speaker to match the balance – fuck this.

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  • Dave G

    This is the stupidest software design I have ever seen. To the guy at Microsoft responsible for this: You are an idiot.

  • Thankful in Toronto

    Hey There,

    Thanks for posting this. I was beating myself up trying to find how to shift the balance after my right speaker blew.


    • Jonathan

      glad it help :P

  • Orekoya

    This is absolutely ridiculous. That isn’t balance, it’s individual speaker volume control. Having a working right speaker and a non-working left means I will never be able to hear the left speaker stuff because once you turn left down to zero it doesn’t automatically go out the right. How can they mess up something so simple now when they’ve gotten that right before!?

  • Victoria

    I agree. Whoever decided to skip out the very basics of volume control is a fucking idiot.

  • Tom

    Some people need to understand the difference between balance and control… This article is to adjust the volume control going to the different speakers, not the balance which means sending the both left and right channels to one speaker or a combination…

  • Warren

    Use a product like this to solve your issue. This drives me crazy too. My right speaker is further than my left speaker and I am constantly adjusting the balance to get it right. This will permanently fix the balance control.

  • David

    Everything is more complicated in Windows 7. Even things that don’t need to be. Like this.

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  • Aidan

    I don’t even have the option to balance on my computer. There is volume, but nothing next to it.

    • todd

      some audio devices may not permit it. If you are hooked up using anything other than built in speakers or something connected to your pc’s default headphone jack, you can expect complications

  • Jordan

    Thank you for posting this! I was going crazy trying to find this option in my audio device’s menu. I have hearing loss in my right ear, and it makes music more enjoyable to be able to balance the sound out!

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  • kent

    thanksss a lot!!! =DD

  • Juan

    Good try, however this doesn’t allow the balance of individual applications. One such application is trying to record two different instances of SDR# balancing one to the left and the other to the right. Unfortunately without individual balance controls they both play on top of each other.

  • NøOnøo Beethoven

    Wooooooow Thank you thank you thaaaank you!!!
    You saved my life! :D <3

  • Mosh

    Thanks. Very useful.

  • swaginator

    Thanks a lot :)

  • mirage

    when i do this and try to adjust left or right, the opposite side automatically changes itself to always be the same volume -_-

  • dfgdfg

    Not working. The control all move at the same time :P FCUK YOU BILL GATES!