One of our favorite Windows 11 features, which Microsoft delivered a year after the initial release, is the new volume/brightness sliders. Gone are the old and ugly Windows 8-like sliders that looked so out of place in the new operating system. Now we have sleek, compact, and beautiful sliders with dark/light mode support and an additional privacy indicator.
Unfortunately, those stuck on Windows 10 or unwilling to upgrade are unlikely to get a remake of one of the most hated parts of the Windows UI. So, to fix what Microsoft won’t do, third-party developers need help. Modern Flyouts, a free Microsoft Store app, is here to save the day.
Modern Flyouts lets you replace the old volume/brightness sliders and media controls, as well as enable notifications for lock keys (numbers, caps, and scroll). Media controls and lock keys support provide an even better experience than in Windows 11 as later media controls are only present on the lock screen and notification center.
Apart from giving Windows 10 a better look, the Modern Flyouts app provides various customization options. You can set light or dark themes, personalize media controls with album art, enable or disable individual components, and move flyouts across the screen. Windows 11 doesn’t allow repositioning of volume/brightness flyouts, so the application gets an extra point.
It’s worth noting that Modern Flyouts is still in preview (though it’s far from being a new app), so you may encounter the occasional bug. However, before upgrading from Windows 10 to 11, the app was in my list of default applications, and I don’t recall encountering any deal-breaking bugs. After all, Modern Flyouts is a free app, so you can check it out yourself.
You can download Modern Flyouts. From the Microsoft Store, GitHub, and Wingate. use the winget install –id=ModernFlyouts.ModernFlyouts -e Command to install the app using Windows Terminal. If you want to know more must-have apps, check out our recent article covering the 11 best applications for Windows 11 users. Although it focuses on Windows 11, all those apps work on Windows 10 and greatly enhance its capabilities.