New Microsoft Store app brings modern flyouts to Windows 10

Windows 10 modern UI

Windows 10 is a more open platform than its competitors and
there are a variety of apps that can change your experience.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at a new app called
“ModernFlyouts”, which focuses heavily on changing and
improving Windows flyout elements specifically.

For those wondering, flyout is that interface that shows up on
the top left corner of the desktop/app when you adjust the
brightness, change the volume or enable flight mode. It also
shows media controls for Google Chrome, Spotify, Groove Music
and other apps when you’re playing media content.

The built-in flyout is still using an older Metro design which
dates back to Windows 8 and it’s also not customizable. For
instance, Windows 10 doesn’t even let you change the timeout of
the flyout or opacity of the background.

Windows 10 flyout
Default look vs new look

Microsoft doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to change the look
these flyouts, but the skilled designers in the Windows
community know exactly how the whole thing could be improved.

Customize Windows 10 flyout menu

ModernFlyouts is a new open-source app that enables a
significantly refined look for Windows 10 volume flyout, which
includes new animations, transitions, and rounded corners.

ModernFlyouts

As you can see in the above screenshot, the ModernFlyouts app
brings a much-needed makeover to volume and other flyouts.

Volume flyout

It also makes it look like a part of Windows 10 and Windows
10X, thanks to the excellent implementation of Fluent Design
and rounded corners.

Modern Flyouts setting

ModernFlyouts app lets you change the timeout of the flyouts
too, which is a great way to make these flyouts less obtrusive.

You can even hide Global System Media Transport Controls
(GSMTC) aka Media controls (thumbnails, seek bar, etc) for all
apps with just one tap.

Media controls setting

Here’s a list of other features offered with ModernFlyouts:

  • Fluent UI with light, dark and hight contrast themes
    support.
  • Adds additional media controls, such as shuffle, repeat and
    stop.
  • Fully customizable: You can disable each module, change the
    position of the flyout and the opacity level too.

Everything’s pretty straightforward and even though it’s not
made by Microsoft, it’s still the best app you can get at this
point.

If you’re interested, you can
download ModernFlyouts (Preview) from the store. Once
you’ve launched the app, you should be able to configure it
from the system tray.

The built-in flyouts are hidden temporarily when this app is
running in the background, which means you can always terminate
the app process and go back to the default UI.

You can also contribute
to the app’s development on Github and send your feedback
to developers on their Telegram
group.

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