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Does the windows volume indicator boter you? So you can hide it

Using our Windows 10 computer to listen to our favorite music is one of the actions that we repeat the most frequently. Surely we have noticed, each time we press the volume up and down buttons, as an indicator appears in the upper left part of our screen. This is something that Microsoft already incorporated in Windows and 7 and 8 in the system tray, but in Windows 10 it has become a small floating bar that is not to the taste of many users.

Thanks to the fact that this volume indicator appears on the screen, it is possible for us to check the real volume level. In this way, it is in charge of showing the amount in percent as we adjust it (10%, 30%, 52%, etc). These volume adjustments are made more easily while on the screen than not having to go to our system tray. This is probably why Microsoft decided that its best place is to appear on the screen.

The problem is that this bar is quite annoying when it appears, because it usually covers a part of the screen. When this happens, it does not allow us to select what is below until it disappears. This time that remains visually on our screen is greater than 5 seconds, from the moment we press the volume button, which can cause considerable discomfort if it appears above a button that we want to press.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided that the volume indicator should always be visible, so it does not allow you to disable it within the operating system options, nor to configure the time it appears on the screen. But as almost always, there are third-party alternatives that will help us disable the annoying volume indicator, such as HideVolumeOSD and Volume Step Adjuster.

Hide the floating volume window with HideVolumeOSD

It is a small, light, open source, free application for Windows 8 and 10. With it, we can prevent the floating volume button from appearing on our computer screen. It is very easy to configure and allows it to be run in silent mode or displayed in the system tray for easy access, something that we can choose during its installation.

To start using it, we must download it from its website  . The installation file only occupies 334 kbs, so this is a fairly light application that consumes few resources. At the moment we begin the installation, a window will appear with two options for the installation.

  • Tray icon version : it is used to install the icon in the system tray so that it is easier to hide or show. In this way, if we want it to appear, simply press the button will appear in the system bar.
  • Silent mode version : installs the silent version of the application, staying in the background, causing our taskbar to remain tidy.

Once the type of installation has been selected, we can only establish the path where it will be installed. Once the installation is finished, we will be able to check how when pressing the volume up or down keys the floating window no longer appears on the screen of our computer.

Volume Step Adjuster, useful and portable

This program will help us hide the volume indicator that appears at the top left of the screen in Windows 10. Unlike HideVolumeOSD, Volume Step Adjuster is a portable application. This means that it does not require any type of installation to function and can even be executed from an external storage unit such as an external hard drive or a USB stick.

By default the volume settings in blocks of 2%. In other words, we went from 2%, to 4%, to 6%, to 8%…. so progressively up to 100%, which may not be appropriate in case we want to have the volume adjusted to the maximum. With Volume Step Adjuster, you can set any valid volume value, such as setting the step to 1% or even 0.1%. However, this tool only configures the increase or decrease, but not the speed at which this act takes place or any other parameter.

Of course it is completely free and to use it it is only necessary to download it from this link. From there, we download a compressed file, which must be unzipped. In the resulting folder we will find a file called volstep.exe that we must execute. And this is it, once executed we can verify that when the volume is raised or lowered, the corresponding floating window no longer appears.

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