Back in March last year, we reported Microsoft was changing the design of the volume controls and flyout in Windows 10. However, that change for Windows 10 May 2020 Update never amounted to much. That means we are left with the same old Windows volume flyout design. However, Windows 11 looks set to change that.

The volume flyout is a box that opens up on the top left of the screen when you use a keyboard to control the volume. When media is playing, this box shows more options such as playback info and controls for the media.

Over the years, Windows has gone through several redesigns. Microsoft completely overhauled the look of the platform when evolving from Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10. During the generation of Windows 10, the company introduced Fluent Design and changed many UI elements on the platform.

During this time, the volume flyout has remained the same… retaining the design from the Windows 8 Metro UI. Microsoft is once again overhauling the look of Windows with the upcoming introduction of Windows 11. It seems this time the volume flyout will not be left behind.

Image: Ahmed Walid

New Design

That’s good news because not only is the pop-out old, it is also a messy user experience.

On the recent Windows 11 leak build, Ahmed Walid has found a new volume flyout with a fresh UI design. It will serve the same function as the current tool, including volume controls and playback controls.

Windows 11 will have two modes for the flyout: “AttributionOnlyLayout” and “NormalMediaLayout”.

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