One of the things I never liked under Windows 10—not to say I hate it—is the audio management. It’s too easy to screw things up, and it’s a pain to use be it to manage multiple audio sources (something I often need while I’m streaming: mixing my microphone, plus Discord, music and, of course, the game’s audio itself), or just to switch rapidly between my speakers and headset.
Or so I thought.
I don’t know if it is something that has been added in the latest May update or if it was already there, but I just noticed that it is as easy to select an audio output on Windows 10 than it is on macOS:
- Click the sound icon in the Taskbar,
- Then, click the little arrow on the right of the actual output source to select another one in the Select playback device list.
That’s really cool! Now I can easily send my audio through my headset or to the speakers.
The only remaining issue is the lack of meaning of the names in this list. The “Speakers (3 – USB Audio Device)” is just my USB headset 😉
Edit: As Antoine pointed out, it is possible to rename your devices. Go to Settings-> Sound Settings. Select the device you want to rename in the drop down, and then click Device properties: