How to Restore the Former Windows Volume Slider

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Windows 10 includes a new horizontal volume slider that you can adjust audio levels with. However, in earlier Windows platforms that volume meter was a vertical bar. You can restore the former volume bar in Windows 10 by editing the registry as follows.

First, press the Win key + R to open Run, and then enter regedit to open the Registry Editor window shown in the shot below. Then you should browse to this key in the Registry Editor: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion.

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Then, when you’ve found that key, right-click CurrentVersion key and select New > Key. Give that key the title ‘MTCUVC.‘ Then select that key, right-click an empty space on the right, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and enter ‘EnableMtcUvc‘ as DWORD’s title.

Next, double-click the EnableMtcUvc DWORD to open the window shown below. Its value should be set to 0. Press the OK button to close the window.

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Now click the speaker icon on your system tray. It will open your new volume bar as shown in the shot directly below. Note that this is now a vertical volume bar.

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You can always revert back to the original Windows 10 volume bar. To restore the horizontal bar, right-click EnableMtcUvc and select Delete to remove the DWORD. Then click the speaker icon again to open the horizontal bar below.

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So with this trick you can now restore the former volume control slider. There isn’t really much of a difference between them, but the former audio slider has a Mixer shortcut on it, which can be handy. The new Windows 10 slider also matches your taskbar’s theme color.

Posted by Matthew on April 21, 2016

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