How To Dismiss Windows 10 Media Volume Control Pop-up

In Windows 10 when you adjust the volume, a volume pop-up, also know as media volume control overlay, appears in the top left corner of the screen. It is well integrated with recent Chrome and Edge versions and allows you to pause a YouTube video or switch to the next entry in the playlist.Google Chrome 75 introduces a new feature that allows using media keys on the keyboard to control the media content playback in the browser. When enabled, it allows using the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys, you will see a special toast notification with buttons that you can use to control media playback.

The following screenshot demonstrates the media notification toast:

Chrome Media Notification Playback Handling

This useful feature is available in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge Chromium.

However, plenty of users find this media volume overlay annoying for its big size and long display time. Also, it is not clear how to dismiss it. The pop-up should automatically dismiss after a few seconds. However, sometimes it remains visible for too long, and its display time increases if you hover over it with your mouse pointer.

To Dismiss Windows 10 Media Volume Control Pop-up,

click on the app name. In this case, it is "chrome.exe".Dismiss Media Overlay

For a media overlay which includes the album art or an artist photo, you can click on the artist name or on the album art to dismiss the popup.

Youtube Video Overlay Shows Info Edge

Finally, if you are not happy to see this media overlay, it can be disabled with a special flag in modern chromium-based browsers.

To Disable Media Volume Control Pop-up,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following text in the address bar:
    This will open the flags page directly with the relevant setting.
  2. Select the option Disable from the drop-down list next to the 'Hardware Media Key Handling' line.Disable Hardware Media Key Handling
  3. Restart Google Chrome by closing it manually or you can also use the Relaunch button which will appear at the very bottom of the page.Google Chrome Relaunch Button
  4. You are done.

That's it.

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42 thoughts on “How To Dismiss Windows 10 Media Volume Control Pop-up

  1. Dave

    I’ve never seen this.

    I am on the latest version of win 10. I don’t have chrome, I do use edge alot but I tend to avoid videos as I prefer written text.

    1. Jorge Loco

      I took a Journalism class in high school and I remember one of the most important things I was taught about writing an article, or writing in general, for that matter, was that I need to ask myself and establish why someone should care about what I’m writing. You just told a bunch of people who are frustrated with a feature of their operating system that you “tend to avoid video as [you] prefer text.” which makes you special? NO ONE CARES DAVE. Are you really looking for pats on the head for your virtually anonymous comment tag? You need to take a look at yourself Dave.

      [Parental advisory. Profanity removed. //Best regards, Sergey]

      1. f**k Jorge Loco

        Just because you took a journalism class in high school, you think it makes you special? NO ONE CARES JORGE. Are you really looking for pats on the head for your virtually anonymous comment tag? YOU need to take a look yourself, George. Yeah, that’s right. I called you George. F**got.

        1. Dave

          Just can’t stand some being right, huh?!

        2. Vote this up

          I would like to vote this up

      2. DIAMOͶD

        Jorge Loco, sick burn, man! What else did you do in high school? Those must have been the best years of your life seeing how you speak of them so fondly. It’s like I can see that sparkle in your eyes as you reminisce. Can’t quite tell if you’re crying or just… oh sh~~, don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. But tell us more! What became of your journalism career⁉ The suspense is killing me! You have to have a wall full of participation trophies, medals, and other awards by now. I bet you polish them every night before bed, don’t you? You really are the best. I hope we can all be as perfect as you some day. BTW, did you make your name “Jorge Loco” because you drink a lot of Four Loco when you think about your high school days?

    2. Not Jorge

      If you have never seen it why are you here hatting?
      You see the title, if it doesn’t interest you just move on.

    3. DIAMOͶD

      David, I’m not sure why you even stopped in here. This obviously doesn’t pertain to you as you are far superior to us little plebes.

  2. Queed

    Thank you so much!

  3. David

    Thank you!!

  4. Stephen

    This no longer works. I’ve tried it multiple times and even restarted computer a few times, but it still pops up and hangs there. Can’t even move it around the screen anymore.

  5. ivar

    But if I do that I cant use the media keys…

  6. branden

    great, but how do you get rid of it on windows 10!? nobody uses chrome. it ruined firefox.

    1. ItzAn Opinion

      To the person who said “No one uses Chrome”…

      That’s the funniest sh** I’ve heard all day!

      FYI: As of March 2020, Chrome OWNS over 68% of the market share when it comes to “Browser”, whereas Firefox,Internet Explorer and “Edge” are between 6% & 8% respectively!

      1. logic

        no one with a brain uses chrome

        1. Kapusta

          LOL it’s very stupid

    2. dirtfriend

      same thing basically – go to “about:config” then type “media.hardwaremediakeys.enabled” and set it to false

  7. Melissa

    This is awesome and works just fine as of Jan 15, 2020. Thank you so so much!!

  8. J

    It shows up for Spotify too. How to get rid of that? It’s annoying because it takes up so much of the screen and I don’t need to see it; I know what I’m listening to!

    1. 9-Volt

      > Drop-down arrow (next to your name)
      > “Settings”
      > “Display Options”
      > “Show desktop overlay when using media keys” Toggle off

      1. Mark EI1964

        A) There is no drop down arrow next to my name in Edge.
        2) There is an elipsis “…” and I can get to “Settings” there.
        III) There is no “Display Options” anywhere in Settings
        D) Also no “Show desktop overlay when using media keys” to toggle off
        Anything else that might help?

        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          what’s your Edge version?

        2. Reizy

          THANK YOU!!!
          This [censored] was driving me crazy. It was so anoying while playing any videogame.

        3. DIAMͶD

          PAY ATTENTION❗ That’s for Spotify

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  10. Malaise

    Any way to disable just the popups and not media-key functionality?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Unfortunately, I am not aware of any existing method.

    2. Judah Thoreen

      Yeah, there’s no way, so you also can’t play/pause with bluetooth headphones when this is disabled :(

  11. User

    So This is helpful, but only for chrome. It also does this behavior on other web browsers and applications.

    How do you disable this feature in windows for everything? Not just 1 application. Maybe you can’t.. which would suck.

    1. DIAMOͶD

      It also works for any other browser that uses chromium.

      If you want to do this in other software, you’ll have to do it in the settings of that software. I.e. Spotify. In the Spotify app, go to:
      – top left corner “•••” >
      – “EDIT” >
      – “PREFERENCES” >
      – Scroll down to “DISPLAY” >
      – on right side, flip the toggle “SHOW DESKTOP OVERLAY WHEN USING MEDIA KEYS” to the left;
      – top right corner “YOUR NAME ▼” >
      – “SETTINGS”
      – Scroll down to “DISPLAY” >
      – on right side, flip the toggle “SHOW DESKTOP OVERLAY WHEN USING MEDIA KEYS” to the left;

  12. RAJA

    Thank You

  13. Kenzie

    Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy, specially since there wasn’t a clear way to dismiss the notification. Who approved of this? Seriously.

  14. Randall

    Why is this walkthrough for Chrome? This is a Windows 10 feature. Not everyone uses Chrome. This is completely useless for those of us who aren’t Google sheeple.

    1. Judah Thoreen

      Just use this instead if you use edge(I don’t know what works for other browsers)


  15. d00m

    This gets rid of that, but it also disables using the hardware media buttons (using those makes the YouTube video buttons go away quicker).

    One problem fixed, another to deal with.

  16. Ryan

    Thank you so much! It was amazingly annoying to see the pop-up showing up time to time and blocking the view.
    I don’t understand why would they develop such an annoying feature!!

  17. Kate

    Super thanks!

  18. Google searcher

    Many thanks! Worked great with my Chrome 64bit 85.0.4183.102
    I see this also happen in the new Edge, I not use it very often but is about the same thing you do. Type about://flags then search “Media” and disable “Hardware Media Key Handling” it also works for Opera.

    To disable the volume OSD in Windows 10, the one that pops up every time you click volume up/down/mute, is not very easy to find. I used a freeware software to do this that simply named “HideVolumeOSD”. I hide it because I got big speakers with digital display that shows volume so not need Windows to show it. Not a big thing but in my opinion better. On my laptop I not done it.

    What works for me might not work for others.

  19. Steve

    I came here looking for a solution to this annoying popup because I LIKE USING THE KEYBOARD BUTTONS! Why would I want to disable my keyboard keys that cause this popup just so I won’t see the popup that only pops up when I USE THE KEYBOARD KEYS?? This is a tremendously silly article with a solution that is worse than the actual problem.
    Of course, Google bears all the blame for rolling out asinine features like this. So stupid google.

  20. Yilmaz Sarac

    There is nothing else that spoils my nerves so much on Windows 10. Why doesn’t f…king pop up have a close button?

  21. Viki

    I use Firefox, not chrome, and so this ended up not working.
    Additionally, the “right click and hit ‘dismiss'” doesn’t work on FF either. Nothing comes up when you right-click on the overlay.

  22. Viki

    If you run Firefox and not Chrome or another Browser you may need to use these instructions instead.


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