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How to Remove Chrome.exe Volume Overlay in Windows 10

In the recent versions, Chrome browser is showing a Windows volume overlay. If you don’t like this behavior, here’s how to remove Chrome volume overlay in Windows 10.

Though many might think the Chrome integration with the default system volume overlay is good, in actuality, the volume overlay is just too big and ugly. Most of all, it just shows “Chrome.exe” on the volume overlay. Add to that, the totally useless fast forward and backward buttons. Not to mention, the overlay is also displayed on the lock screen too.

Chrome volume overlay in action

Simply put, like many others, I just hate the big and ugly Windows 10 volume overlay and I don’t like Chrome using it. So, if you are like me, follow the below steps to remove volume overlay in Windows 10.

Remove Chrome Volume Overlay

Thankfully, it is pretty simple to remove the ugly big Chrome.exe volume overlay.

1. First, open Google Chrome browser by searching for it in the start menu or by clicking on the taskbar.

2. In the Chrome browser, enter about://flags in the address bar and press Enter.

3. The above action will open the Chrome Flags page. In the search bar, type “hardware media key handling”.

4. In the results, you will see “Hardware Media Key Handling” flag. From the drop-down menu, select “Disabled”.

Hardware media key handling flag

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

As soon as you click on the button, Chrome will relaunch itself and you will no longer see the abhorrent big volume overlay when Chrome is playing some media.

That is it. It is that simple to remove Chrome volume overlay in Windows 10.

If you like this article, here are some of the Chrome related articles that you might like. Do check them out, they might be useful to you.

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