Windows 11 is finally getting a volume pop-up to match its sleek aesthetic

Windows 11's new volume indicator pop-up
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That clunky square volume slider that appears on your screen every time you change the volume isn't very Windows 11 (opens in new tab). The new OS shuns everything with a sharp corner, and that little volume indicator is as sharp as they come. So, Microsoft is replacing it with something a little more artsy in the upcoming Windows build.

The Windows 11 launch has been a strange ordeal. It arrived as a half-baked OS (opens in new tab) overhaul that we weren't sure was worth rushing out to download at the time. It is slowly trudging towards being a fully-fledged OS in its own right, however, and with each new Windows update we receive one or two changes to make it feel a little more complete.

The latest: new flyout (as Microsoft likes to name its on-screen indicators) designs for hardware indicators, including volume, brightness, camera privacy, camera on/off, and airplane mode. All of which will abide by your choice of light or dark mode.

That's pretty neat, then, as the existing volume and brightness indicators are definitely out of place amongst the translucent and curvaceous windows of Windows 11.

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This new update has just landed in the Windows 11 Insider Previous Build 22533, but should make its way out to the public Windows 11 build before long. This update all incorporates a bunch of general fixes (opens in new tab) that Microsoft will want to get out there sooner rather than later, and it also crucially allows users to uninstall the Clock app, should they so wish.

So is Windows 11 now worth downloading with this volume indicator shakeup? You'd think that would be the most obvious reason to change, but then again, perhaps not. Still, I've made the switch on both my personal PC and laptop, and I'm liking it so far. Besides a few visual glitches, such as a taskbar with no icons on my secondary monitor, and maybe the odd double system tray, it's actually been a rather painless experience.

And Windows 11 does look nice. Potentially a little nicer with a matching volume indicator, too.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.