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I have loudspeakers and headphones, both of which are connected to the PC all the time (the headphones are wireless so what is actually connected to the PC is a USB cable from the cradle). If I want to switch from one to the other, I need to navigate to the Sound control panel, select the other speakers and click Set Default.

These is quite a lot of steps, isn't there a way to switch playback devices more easily using some 3rd party software or a clever hack? Something like a desktop gadget or Windows task bar jump list.

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Can use the SoundSwitch.

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You can also quickly access using mmsys.cpl in dialog box (i2 + R).

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Win+R and mmsys.cpl isn't faster than Win+"sou"+Enter :) –  Borek Jul 20 '13 at 9:28
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