If you are using Skype for Business, possibly also standard Skype, you might appreciate the fact that it reduces the volume of other apps like Spotify etc. when there’s an incoming or outgoing call.

A problem I have with Windows 10 is that the sound is reduced, but when the call is over the volume is not reset correctly. I’ve found that I can go to the volume mixer and adjust the volume of the muted application, but often when I then change the overall sound volume, the apps volume is reduced again.

Luckily there’s a solution. While not perfect, it stops the annoyance of Skype not unmuting sound properly.

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OK, this is probably worse than Skype, but it doesn’t mess up your PC sound settings.

What you need to do is the following.

  1. Right-click the Speaker symbol in the system tray and select Sounds from the menu that pops up.
    Systray volume menu
  2. Select the Communications tab in the Sound window that pops up, select Do nothing from the alternatives and click OK.
    Sound settings

Skype and other programs that Windows 10 recognizes as a communications activity will no longer mess with the sounds of running applications.

I do use computers a lot, and I actually work with IT support, so you might see tips like this from time to time. Especially on problems, I find annoying and where I don’t find many articles already on the net about the issue. Please give feedback if you want more or less of them.

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