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Windows 10: How to Disable Volume Overlay – Technipages

When you’re changing your media volume, Windows 10 may display a volume overlay icon (volume slider) in the corner of your screen.

But many users don’t really like this feature. They’d very much prefer to disable the slider and keep the normal volume bar.

If you’re not really a fan of the volume overlay feature, we’ll show you how you can quickly disable it.

Steps to Dismiss Volume Overlay in Windows 10

On Google Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome, open a new tab and type Chrome://flags.
  2. This will open the page dedicated to experiments and new features.
  3. Locate the following option: Hardware Media Key Handling.
  4. Select it and use the drop-down menu to disable disable volume overlay
  5. Refresh your browser for the changes to take full effect.

You can use this method to disable the volume overlay on all the Chromium-based browsers.

If you’re using Opera, type about:flags in a new tab. Then go to Hardware Media Key Handling and turn off the feature.

opera disable hardware media key handling

Check Individual App Settings

Some apps allow users to control the volume overlay. For example, Spotify lets you show or hide the overlay when you’re using the media keys.

  1. Navigate to MenuEditPreferences.
  2. Then scroll down to Display options.
  3. Locate this option: Show desktop overlay when using media keys.spotify-disable-volume-overlay
  4. Simply toggle it off if you want to hide the overlay.

Disable System Icons

Another way to disable the volume slider is to turn off system icons.

  1. Right-click on your taskbar.
  2. Select Taskbar Settings.taskbar settings
  3. Scroll down to the Notification area.
  4. Select Turn system icons on or off.turn system icons on or off
  5. Turn off the volume.

Use Hide Volume OSD

Hide Volume OSD is a small utility written by a Windows 10 user out of despair. As its name suggests, the utility does exactly that: it hides the volume OSD.

Keep in mind that the tool hasn’t been updated in years. So, it may not work properly on the latest Windows 10 versions.

There you go, we hope you managed to fix the volume overlay issue. Let us know which solution worked best for you.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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