A freeware audio player for Windows – foobar2000 / foobar2k features full Unicode (UTF8) support, ReplayGain support, native support for common audio formats (such as MP3, MP4, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AU, SND, CDDA and WMA), metadata (IDv1, IDv3 and APEv2) support – and a simple, and austere interface. In fact, the interface of foobar2000 is minimalist to the extent that new users can find it hard to locate the volume control tab on it!

Typically, while using foobar, you would have to adjust the Windows system volume level, or go to the volume adjustment option by going to the foobar2000’s Playback options in the Preferences tab. However, there are a few workaround routes to adjust the volume.

  1. Simply use the + or – keys on the keyboard to tune the volume up or down respectively. This is a default foobar2000 setting.
  2. A second option, for those who prefer to see and control the volume slider bar, is to adjust volume is to click/double-click on the volume display appearing on the bottom right corner of the foobar2000 window, (it has digits showing something like 0.00dB), and you get the volume slider control. (If this display is not visible, right click on the bottom right corner, on the status bar, and select ‘Show Volume’).
  3. A last option, though highly inconvenient, is that you adjust the volume levels on the speakers / amplifiers themselves. This is essentially the same as to changing the Windows system volume, and is a gross level resolution to the problem at hand.