A while ago I wrote about changing your computer's speaker volume using the little Speaker icon in the System Tray of your Taskbar. You can open it and just drag the sliders to increase or decrease the volume.
However, one reader wrote saying that he didn't actually have a little volume icon sitting in his System Tray. That's definitely a stumbling block.
If you find you have no speaker icon, you can get it back. To restore your speaker icon, choose Start|Settings|Control Panel. Double-click the Multimedia icon. In the Audio tab, put a check mark next to Show volume control on the taskbar.
Once the Speaker icon is on your Task bar, you'll find that you can access this Audio tab directly. Right click the Speaker icon and choose Adjust Audio Properties. At the bottom of the Audio Properties window, there's that check-box again. Not surprisingly if you remove the check-mark the icon disappears from System Tray. Apparently, this is what happened to the volume-impaired reader out there.
This situation brings up a point that I've been meaning to touch upon. If you use your computer to create important documents or files, don't let anyone other than you touch your computer. I know a couple who let their grandkids "mess around" on the computer they use to run their business. They are constantly bringing the computer in for repair. I don't think it's a coincidence.
One reason my husband and I have worked together successfully for many years now is because neither of us ever, ever touches the other person's computer. And we don't share an office. It works. And I know that anything "weird" on my computer is my fault.