Audacity's volume affects OS's volume

I recently got a new laptop and installed Audacity on it.

Recently I’ve noticed that when I change the volume on the output slider, my OS (operating system)'s volume moves with it, and vice versa. For example, let’s say I have my OS volume too loud and I want to turn it down, all while I have Audacity open.

So I go to my operating system’s volume slider and slide it lower. Usually, audacity’s output would stay the same. But instead, it goes to the same level as the OS volume slider.

I downloaded the most recent version of Audacity (Audacity ver 2.3.2) and I still have this problem. I’m not sure if it’s a bug in Audacity, or something is wrong with my system’s sound settings (I have Realtek HD Audio for Windows 10), or both.

Are there any answers to why this is occurring? If so, what do I do to fix this? Please help!

That’s normal. Audacity’s volume slider is just an alias for the system volume slider. Whether it works or not is dependent on the sound card drivers.