How to get rid of the volume pop-up display in Windows 8.1 and 10


Here's how to hide the volume display pop-up that appears in the upper left part of the screen on Windows 8.1 and 10.

A volume control pop up started appearing in the upper left part of the screen on one of my monitors this week. After watching it come and go I decided to find out what it was, and if it could be hidden or disabled. Some people may find it useful, others an annoyance. You can adjust the volume using the pop-up, but it can't be moved.

There are two methods to deal with the on screen volume display. One is to shorten the duration it appears - the shortest time it can be set to is 5 seconds. The second is to download and install a small application that will hide the display. It's a simple program that has two installation modes, one keeps the display pop up hidden, the other allows the displays to be toggled on and off through a notification tray icon.

Shorten the display time in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items
Go to Ease of Access Center > Use the computer without a display
Set "How long should Windows notification dialog boxes stay open?" to the interval you want

Download HideVolumeOSD:
HideVolumeOSD is a small (334 KB) program that starts with Windows and hides the volume display. It has two installation options.
- The Tray icon option toggles between the volume display being visible and being hidden.
- The Silent option keeps the volume display hidden.
Both auto start with Windows, and both add an icon to the notification tray.

HideVolumeOSD runs on Windows 8 / 8.1 and 10, both 32 and 64 bit versions. VirusTotal shows one false positive. The program was scanned by BitDefender and is free of malware. The code is on GitHub if you're interested.

Download HideVolumeOSD

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It's present on Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. It doesn't happen on all systems. It showed up here a few weeks ago. I'd never seen it before. I hadn't made any software changes or changes to Windows, and no recent updates. Strange. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've never seen this on Windows 10, is it supposed to be present on all versions?