How to Hide the Volume Slider Display in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 15-09-2016

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You’re able to install HideVolumeOSD on Windows 8–10, as those are the versions with this pop-up. When you install, you have the choice of adding an icon to your system tray in the bottom-right corner of your screen or not.

If you want to be able to toggle the volume display, it’s best to add the icon for on-the-fly changing. If you want to disable that toggle for good, select the silent option and continue along.

Next, open your Start menu and browse down to HideVolumeOSD‘s folder. There are three entries; we’re interested in the HideVolumeOSD (Hide) at the moment. Go ahead and right-click it, followed by More > Open file location to open it in Explorer.


Right-click the (Hide) program again and press CTRL + C to copy it. Next, type shell:startup into the address bar of Explorer to open your Startup folder. Press CTRL + V to paste a shortcut of the volume-hiding program that will run every time you start your PC. If you ever want to bring back the volume display, just delete this shortcut and you’ll see it again.

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Do you like the Windows 10 volume pop-up, or are you happy to hide it? Have your say in the comments!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Gregory Nine
    September 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I have the opposite problem: on my Dell desktop running Windows 10 the volume icon appears only every second time I boot up. Otherwise it's invisible, so I have to use my keyboard to adjust volume. I want the volume icon to appear consistently so I can just use the slider. I've looked for reports of this problem, but can't find a solution. Any suggestions?