If you’re one of those Windows enthusiasts who find Windows’ hardware volume controls completely infuriating, there’s good news: the latest Windows 11 Insider Build brings the universe back to normal.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22533 is currently rolling out for the Dev Channel, which means the code is not guaranteed to be rolled out to existing Windows 11 PCs’ stable channel. However, given the level of dissatisfaction with the current flyout structure, there’s a good chance it won’t.
What exactly do we mean? If you use your laptop’s hardware controls to adjust the brightness or volume, the control usually appears in the top left-hand corner of your screen, with some strange vertical slide bar controlling the experience. It hardly resembles Windows in any way.
According to the Windows blog post announcing the changes, the new hardware indicators for brightness, volume, camera privacy, the camera on/off, and airplane mode “align with Windows 11 design principles.” As a result, you’ll notice a transition between the old and new flyouts, as follows:
However, Microsoft isn’t changing the way the taskbar’s volume controls are handled. You’ll still see the familiar horizontal volume slider if you click the Action Center in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. When you use the control keys on your keyboard, you’ll now see the horizontal controls as well.
In addition, the new build includes a new Calls interface within the Your Phone app. Remember that you can make phone calls on your PC by using the Bluetooth connection to route your PC’s microphone to a nearby phone. The phone interface has also been updated to match the Windows 11 UI.
Finally, Microsoft is delaying the changes it is making to Widgets, such as adding the weather icon to the Windows 11 taskbar, which it announced last year for Windows 10. “[O]ur intention is to rapidly expand the rollout to the majority of Insiders in the Dev Channel,” Microsoft stated about Widgets.