How to adjust the balance between left and right speakers in windows 7?

This article explains how to adjust the sound balance between left and right speakers in windows 7 computer.

Adjusting sound balance between left and right speakers

One of my friend had a problem with his ear phone. The problem is that it does not produce a balanced sound output. The sound was more in one ear and less in another ear. It is a hardware problem but can be rectified in software. We can adjust the sound balance so that it can be heard equally in both ears.

It was very simple in earlier versions of windows to change the speaker balance. But in windows 7 it is a bit difficult to find the option. Let us see how we can change the sound balance in windows 7 computer.

  • Click on Start ->Control Panel. Now click on 'Hardware and Sound' as shown in screen shot below.

  • Screen shot of Hardware and sound dialog box in windows 7

  • In the 'Hardware and Sound' dialog box that appears, click on 'Sound'. Now you will a sound dialog box as shown below. Click on 'Properties' as shown below.

  • Screen shot of Sound dialog box in windows 7

  • Once you click on 'properties', you will see a 'Speakers proerties' dialog as shown above. Now click on 'levels' tab, and click on 'Balance' button as shown above. Once you click on 'Balance', you will see a dialog box to adjust the volume of left and right speakers as shown below. You can adjust the volume of individual speakers by moving the sliders of L or R.

  • Screen shot of Sound dialog box in windows 7

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    Guest Author: Erik Marställer03 Mar 2013

    1. This is not really balance, just limits the volume of one channel.
    2. unfortunately at my system both slider always move together..

    Guest Author: breesy01 Jun 2013

    this *is* balance; at least the people who designed the UI, and those who've found this article/solution and have this problem, think so.

    Guest Author: SantaThePunk14 Dec 2013

    I don't have that option in win7.
    (The Balance in Speakers Option).

    Guest Author: Lily15 Feb 2014

    This is exactly what I needed! Thank you so much.

    Guest Author: Student04 Jun 2014

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I posted a youtube music video for a school project and you couldn't hear the singing (which I guess was a good thing since I stink at singing!) but adjusting the speakers made it work! THANK YOU!!

    Guest Author: PGeig01 Feb 2016

    This solution works, but the sliders always reset whenever I set the volume to 0. Is there any way to fix that?

    Guest Author: Jordan Knobel-Piehl16 May 2018

    For me, the sliders are locked together, so when I move one, the other moves with it. I found no solution anywhere else and I just got these earbuds.

    Guest Author: myname0914 Nov 2020

    Why so complicated after Windows XP ... before we had the balance adjusting with the mixer.

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