Windows 11: Microsoft is finally redesigning the volume flyout

Windows 11’s leaked preview brought in some interesting
new additions – including
improved support for multi-monitor setups and
touchscreen gestures. It appears that there are some nifty
features hidden away in the leaked build, including a
redesigned volume flyout for media controls.

For those unaware,
volume flyout or music flyout is the little box that pops
up on the top-left corner when you change the volume on your
device using keyboard shortcuts. When you’re playing media via
apps like Chrome, Groove Music and Spotify, it shows media
controls and playback information.

These media controls allow users to change track and
pause/resume the media content playing within the first or
third-party programs. The volume flyout wasn’t redesigned when
Microsoft introduced Windows 10 in 2015. As a result, it still
uses the outdated “metro” design from the Windows 8 era.

Volume flyout
Volume flyout on Windows 10

In addition to the old design, the volume flyout is a mess and
some users have described their frustrating experience on
Feedback Hub.

With Windows 11, which is the next generation of the operating
system, Microsoft is finally planning to replace the outdated
volume flyout with a modern version that supports rounded
corners and new controls.

The new volume also supports “vibrating” and “ringing” controls
because it has been ported from Windows CShell, a platform
originally designed for Windows 10 on mobile. The final version
of the volume flyout will not include these two controls as
Windows 11 is not being optimized for mobile form factors.

Windows volume flyout

As you can see in the above screenshot, there’s a new design
for the volume flyout and it will also support media playback
controls.

The new feature is currently disabled by default and it is
under development

Windows 10 volume flyout
Image Courtesy: Ahmed

Microsoft is currently testing various size options. For
example, there is “SmallUI”,  “MediumUI”, “LargeUI”,
“ReducedMarginsUI”, “CompactUI”, and “ExtraSmallUI” too.

The flyout will be offered in two modes: NormalMediaLayout” and
“AttributionOnlyLayout”, and it would be possible to hide the
thumbnail. Since the flyout is hidden, it’s possible that it
will feature a different design when it exits beta testing
later this fall.

This overhaul has long been requested by many users, so this
will certainly be a welcome change.

For most folks, it will be enabled by default when Windows 11
launches on June 24 in the Windows Insider channels.

It looks like the company is also working on improvements for
the media flyout which pops up from the taskbar when you adjust
the volume.

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