Windows 10 shows a volume slider that pops up whenever you adjust the volume. It’s handy for confirming the volume level, mostly unobtrusive, and convenient if you use a touchscreen.
However, if you use Spotify, you’ll also see a large music popup next to this volume slider every time you pause the track. It shows the current track information, along with Play/Pause and Forward/Backward buttons. This takes up a bunch of space on your screen, and you might accidentally click it and change the song, so you probably want to disable it.
We’ll show you how to easily disable the Windows 10 Spotify popup so you don’t have to deal with it any longer.
How to Turn Off the Windows 10 Spotify Music Overlay
There’s an easy option in Spotify to turn off this annoying popup. To access it, open Spotify and click the three-dot Menu button in the top-left. Choose Edit > Preferences (or just press Ctrl + P as a shortcut).
On the resulting menu, scroll down to the bottom of the basic settings. Under a section called Display Options, you’ll see a slider labelled Show desktop overlay when using media keys. This is the option that controls the music popup, so go ahead and disable it if you don’t want to see that.
With the option disabled, you won’t see the media overlay with the album art and player buttons anymore. You’ll still see the volume slider when you adjust the volume, but that’s much smaller, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.
If you really hate that volume slider, you can disable it with the free HideVolumeOSD utility. This comes from a small developer but hasn’t been updated in years, so your mileage may vary.
Disable the Windows 10 Music Popup Easily
Thankfully, Spotify gives you the option to disable this popup without much trouble. You might like the popup, as it lets you quickly see what song is playing without opening the main Spotify window. But it’s an easy fix if you don’t use it.
Unfortunately, other apps can do the same, and may or may not provide the option to hide the popup as Spotify does. You’ll have to check the preferences for your apps of choice if you encounter this problem with another app.
Now that you have this sorted, why not check out more ways to make Spotify work better for you?
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