The Windows Operating System has had a problem revolving around the volume icon for many years, since Windows 7, right down to Windows 10, through Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

It usually starts out working correctly and for some reason, if you’ve used Windows 10 for some time after the initial installation, say after 3 months (just an estimate of ‘some time’), and especially if your computer experiences frequent app installations, app uninstallations, OS and app updates, patches and fixes… or simply has many programs installed, or it crashes due to power outage or some other BSOD (blue screen of death) or GSOD (green screen of death), as it is called; essentially a fatal unrecoverable crash that needs a cold boot or switching off the power and turning it back on ‘from scratch | as opposed to from a warm-boot or restart).

When the above conditions are true, and sometimes for no apparent reason, the volume icon can disappear and not show when you need it, or the common case is that the volume icon will be showing, but would not respond to mouse clicks to allow you to open it and adjust the volume. 

One of the solutions out there is to get to Task Manager, and then restart all Explorer instances (there’s usually one ‘main Explorer instance’), and other instances if you have Explorer windows open etc., just restart all of them. The main one is usually at the bottom and listed among background processes.

However the above solution sometimes won’t work, until a complete restart, after which the volume icon would ‘pretend’ to be happy and work for a while… and somehow stop responding to mouse clicks after a while or just some other random day.

The best solution so far (in our opinion, and many others too), is to download ‘EarTrumpet’ from the Windows Store, and then pin it’s volume icon to your Tray icons, and move the default volume icon to the ‘parked’ system tray icons (those that don’t always show, but are shown when the tray is opened).

You can download EarTrumpet for Windows 10 using the link below. (you can search for download links or sources for other versions of Windows online)