If you use a Windows 10 device with hardware volume buttons, a Surface by Microsoft for example or most laptops that run the operating system, you may have noticed that Windows displays a fixed on-screen display whenever you change the volume.

Microsoft integrated the functionality in the Windows 8 operating system and kept it activated on Windows 10 devices.

While some users may find the volume on-screen display useful, as it gives feedback when the volume up or down buttons are used on the device, others dislike the popup for a number of reasons.

The biggest complaints that Windows users have about it are that it is displayed in a fixed position and that it cannot be disabled.

The fixed position of the volume display means that it may be displayed on top of controls or information on the screen. There is little that you can do about this because you cannot modify the position of the display nor change the duration the volume popup is displayed.



HideVolumeOSD is a free program for devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that hides the on-screen volume indicator on devices running Windows 10.

The software program requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (which is included in Windows 10) and needs to be installed before it can be used.

The program supports two modes of operation:

  • Tray icon version -- Displays a tray icon which you can activate to toggle the on-screen display functionality.
  • Silent mode version -- No tray icon and no option to toggle the functionality. In other words, OSD is hidden all the time.

Just select the mode that you want to use and that is it. The volume on-screen display is hidden after installation automatically which you can verify by using the hardware buttons on the device to change the volume.

Tip: you can check the volume at any time by interacting with the native volume icon in the system tray area of the operating system.

HideVolumeOSD adds three launch icons to the program group in the Start Menu. You may use it to launch the system tray or silent version of the application, and to switch the silent version from hidding the volume OSD to displaying it.

Closing words

If you don't find the volume OSD useful on Windows 10 devices, for instance when you use another program that displays a volume indicator, then you may find HideVolumeOSD useful as it hides the on-screen display on the operating system.