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Volumouse

CNET Editors' review

If you've ever wanted a faster, sleeker way to access your computer's volume controls, look no further than Volumouse. This innovative program lets you set both mouse controls and keyboard shortcuts to access the master volume controls as well as volume settings for a variety of devices. It's easy to use, highly customizable, and hard to do without once you've gotten used to using it.

The program appears as an icon in the Windows system tray, and clicking the icon launches an options panel where you can configure the utility's many features. You can create as many as 12 rules for either mouse actions or keyboard shortcuts, and they can be saved in multiple configurations. The two default rules provide good examples of what the program does: pressing either the Alt key or the left mouse button while also turning the mouse's scroll wheel will turn the master volume up or down on all channels. But you can also select any number of other actions that will control a variety of devices, including the microphone, CD player, and headphones, and you can even control screen brightness.

An optional indicator displays the volume control on the screen as the volume changes. What we love about Volumouse is that it's simple enough for anyone to take advantage of its basic features, but it also includes plenty of options for geekier users who want to highly customize its behavior. The program's built-in Help file didn't load, but we found adequate documentation on the Volumouse Web site. Overall, we think this is an extremely useful utility, and we recommend it.

Volumouse comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, effective, and free!"

    January 10, 2013  |   By wolfram47

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    Super simple setup, but like the review says...it has a ton of customization options.
    Works very smoothly, takes a minimal amount of computer resources.
    It's free.

    Cons

    I can honestly not think of a single con. Just get it.

    Summary

    This program makes it so fast and easy to adjust your system volume that reaching for the volume control now seems like a chore, even though the volume control is right on my keyboard. I listen to a lot of music and I could not live without it. I highly recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, effective, and free!"

    January 10, 2013  |   By wolfram47

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    Super simple setup, but like the review says...it has a ton of customization options.
    Works very smoothly, takes a minimal amount of computer resources.
    It's free.

    Cons

    I can honestly not think of a single con. Just get it.

    Summary

    This program makes it so fast and easy to adjust your system volume that reaching for the volume control now seems like a chore, even though the volume control is right on my keyboard. I listen to a lot of music and I could not live without it. I highly recommend it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It Not Only Adjusts Sound But Brightness Too!"

    April 10, 2012  |   By DarkNetDragon

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    It can adjust several sound settings as well as brightness, just choose a key to combine with the mouse scroller(the middle scroller in the middle of your mouse that can move the page down or up)


    For your convenience I would advise that you check "Load Volumouse on Startup" and "Run Volumouse Application in high priority"
    I would advise

    Cons

    I have absolutely no cons about this program

    Summary

    I use this program for sound and brightness, my customized settings for this program are: Shift Key is down - Screen Brightness - Steps: 3000
    Ctrl Key is down - Speakers - All Channels - 3000

    The number of steps is how precise you want to adjust your volume/brightness, I used to use 1000, but it's much faster and convenient to scroll up/down to quickly adjust brightness/sound going 3x as fast as 1000 steps (by using 3000 steps)

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  • 2.0 stars

    "ineffectual"

    February 7, 2012  |   By StayConfused

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    no pro comments

    Cons

    hard to use. did not install easy

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disables microphone and speakers"

    January 29, 2012  |   By Jesse869

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    Convenient and easy to use.

    Cons

    Tried to use Skype and discovered that Skype could find no microphone or speakers.

    Summary

    Uninstalled it until the disabling issue is resolved.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "does what it says, and no unwanted xtras"

    January 28, 2012  |   By gaaaaaary

    Version: Volumouse 2.0

    Pros

    Free,Free, Free

    Cons

    NONE NONE NONE

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  • 2.0 stars

    "A slight improvement over Windows' Volume Control."

    December 5, 2010  |   By Guy_T

    Version: Volumouse 1.72

    Pros

    Using the mouse wheel as a volume control is basically a good idea but...

    Cons

    If you want to fine-tune the sound volume of your recording look for something else.

    Summary

    The day after I had the bad idea to tell my wife and friends that I could copy old tapes from their cassettes to CD-ROMs I was flooded with musical relics for this purpose.
    Recording a track from a tape (or a mike) consists in a test-recording without saving the file, just for setting the recording sound level at the right value. Then the real recording-saving operation can take place.
    My recording tool is Audacity which displays in real time the "waves" of the sound during the recording. Bur Audacity cannot (on my Win XP machine, at least) control the sound that come from a tape player. The available controls are either the sound control of the tape player itself or Windows' Volume Control. None of those is satisfactory and I have tried Volumouse.

    With Volumouse:
    One has to roll the mouse wheel so as to start controlling the sound volume.This means that the volume has already been modified when the control begins to be operational, that is to say when the cursor that displays the vclume control pops up on the monitor.
    This cursor remains visible during one second maximum if the the mouse wheel is not activated.
    As a whole it looks like if a pilot had to modify the angle of the flaps on the wing before being able to control this angle and if the gauges showing the resulting motion of the aicraft disappeared within one second.
    Taking advantage of its well-sized cursor, the display of sound tuning % and the convenient mouse-wheel control, Volumouse would be better than Windows' Volume Control if the former adopts the immediate contol availability and the permanence of the cursor display of the latter.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally! A shortcut key for my volume!"

    July 13, 2010  |   By mmmelaney

    Version: Volumouse 1.72

    Pros

    Everything! Simple, low resources, and it just works! Very customizable. Works with Win7. It can control the left+right balance, and can be set to specific sound/recording devices. Use multiple hot keys combinations at the same time.

    Cons

    Uh, let's see... old school interface -- who cares!

    Summary

    Leave it to Microsoft to forget a shortcut key for the volume! On top of that, Microsoft Mouse 5000 doesn't have volume buttons, but they do for keyboards???

    I selected Use Hot-keys instead of Mouse Wheel in the drop down wheel options. Then choose your hot keys by pressing the More tab. Assign mouse buttons to Alt+UP/Down, in Control Panel>mouse (if your mouse allows this) and you've got your volume buttons! Thank you at last!

    The hot keys can also be triggered with the keyboard and other devices.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect little utility!"

    March 28, 2010  |   By InsertCleverUserNameHere

    Version: Volumouse 1.72

    Pros

    Best option I've ever seen to quickly and accurate control system volume. Low-profile, smart, and loads of ways to configure it to do exactly what you want.

    Cons

    None. It's just that good.

    Summary

    My keyboard volume control just isn't fast enough. The speaker volume knob just isn't precise enough. Volumouse does it perfectly. Spend some time with the options after you install it -- you can adjust how fast the volume adjusts, which keys activate the utility, and even set it as an override volume controller in media players that you specify. And, by selecting "Run in high priority," you even get instant volume control in high-end games! Well done and thank you!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what I want it to & no more! Great Product!"

    March 16, 2010  |   By skooterfd

    Version: Volumouse 1.72

    Pros

    Doesn't over load the system with alot of useless junk. Does just what it is suppose to do and no more! Great product, easy to use!

    Cons

    Even though I have it set to start when Windows starts some times it forgets and I have to start it manually. Hopefull the new update will take care of this problem. If not it's a small inconvience for a great product!

    Summary

    Highly recommend it for ease of use and quality of product.

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