How to Disable Chrome Volume Overlay in Windows 10

Do you want to disable Chrome volume overlay? The latest version of Google Chrome (v75) has a volume overlay on Windows 10 while playing YouTube and Netflix videos. This same feature is available for the Chromium-based Edge browser. The volume overlay has a thumbnail, name and the channel name of the video which is currently playing.

People want to remove chrome.exe volume overlay, because it’s too annoying. The UI of the overlay is too big and ugly. The volume panel shows “chrome.exe” text and minor volume controls (Play, Pause, Fast Forward, and Backward). I think this is totally useless.

The Windows 10 Chrome volume overlay is a result of the developers of Microsoft and Google. These two teams are developing a new chromium-based Edge browser and they have added this feature.

Disable Chrome.exe Volume Overlay in Windows 10

Disable Chrome Volume Overlay in Windows 10

If you are using the latest version, then there is a simple way to remove Chrome volume overlay. The overlay feature seems to be connected to the Hardware Media Key Handling flag of the browser. Follow the below steps to disable it.

1. First of all, open the Chrome browser in your computer.

2. In the Google Chrome browser, you need to open Flags. To do that, type about://flags in the address bar and press Enter.

3. It’ll open the Flags window. After that, you need to search “hardware media key handling” on the search bar.

4. Right after the search result “Hardware Media Key Handling” flag, select “Disabled” from the drop-down menu.

Remove Chrome Volume Overlay Windows 10

5. Then, click on the “Relaunch Now” button to apply the changes.

As a result, you’ll not see any volume overlay while playing YouTube videos. That’s it.

This is all about how to remove Chrome volume overlay on Windows 10. In future, if you want to enable volume overlay feature, you just need to reverse the above steps. If you like the article, then don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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