My hate of the Windows 10 volume overlay is well known – it is too big, it’s in an obtrusive position, cannot be repositioned, it takes too long to disappear and there is no option to disable it.
I recently celebrated the adoption of media key hardware control support in Chrome, but little did I know that this meant the massive version of the volume control overlay will now be constantly hanging around on my screen, getting in the way of every video I watch on twitter, facebook, Tumblr or youtube. It was a case of unfortunately regretting getting what you asked for.
To reverse this abhorrent state of affairs is thankfully very simple, and should work for all Chromium-based browsers.
- In the address bar, type about://flags and press enter.
- In the search bar search for media.
- Scroll down to Hardware Media Key Handling.
- Select Disable.
- Restart your browser.
The steps will need to be repeated for every Chromium-based browser you have installed on your PC e.g. Google Chrome, the new Edge browser, Opera, Vivaldi, Brave and more.
Needless to say, this change does disable the ability to control media playback in your browser with your hardware keyboard, but I feel that is a small price to pay.
If you want to get rid of even the small overlay, read about a small app which enables that option here.
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