4 steps to fix Windows 10 volume bar stuck on the screen

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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  • If the volume bar is stuck on the screen you can either get it to 0% or 100%.
  • The first thing you should try to fix this problem is to restart your PC and try to adjust the volume.
  • If you have a desktop PC, try unplugging your keyboard because the volume key could be stuck.
  • Other solutions include reinstalling the sound driver and running the Play Audio troubleshooter.
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Some users have stated in forum posts that their volume bar is stuck on screen at the top left when they press volume keys. The volume bar can get stuck at 0% or 100% maximum audio.

Thus, users will either get stuck with no audio or max volume. These are a few potential resolutions if the Windows 10 volume popup won’t go away.

Check out these solutions for the stuck volume bar

  1. Restart Windows and adjust the volume
  2. Unplug the keyboard
  3. Reinstall the sound drivers
  4. Open the Playing Audio troubleshooter

1. Restart Windows and adjust the volume

  1. Restart Windows to get rid of the stuck volume bar.
  2. Right-click the Speakers icon on the system tray and select Sounds.
  3. Select the Playback tab shown directly below.
  4. Then right-click the active audio device and select Properties.playback device properties
  5. Select the Levels tab on the properties window.
  6. Then drag the volume bar to the right to raise the audio level (the audio bar will drop down again if you don’t restart Windows first).levels tab playback device properties

One way to fix the Windows 10 volume control stuck on the screen in the left top corner is to restart Windows and then raise audio via the sound device’s properties window. The volume bar disappears from the top left of the desktop after restarting Windows.

Then users can restore the audio from the Levels tab on the audio device’s properties window. Follow the guidelines above to do that.

2. Unplug the keyboard

The stuck volume bar can be due to the volume keyboard key getting stuck. Some (desktop) users have confirmed they’ve fixed the issue by unplugging their keyboards and then plugging them back in again about a minute later.

Of course, this resolution won’t be any good for laptops; but it works for desktops nonetheless.

3. Reinstall the sound drivers

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Run.
  2. Enter devmgmt.msc in Run’s open box and click OK to open Device Manager.
  3. Double-click Sound, video, and game controllers to expand that category.sound devices device manager
  4. Right-click the audio device and select Uninstall device.
  5. Press the Uninstall button to confirm.
  6. Users can reinstall the audio drivers by selecting the Scan for hardware changes option.
  7. Then restart Windows.

The stuck volume bar can also be due to audio drivers. Some users have stated that they’ve fixed the issue by uninstalling sound drivers.

4. Open the Playing Audio troubleshooter

  1. Enter Control Panel in Run and click OK.
  2. Then click Troubleshooting to open the Control Panel applet shown below.troubleshooting control panel
  3. Click View all on the left of the window.
  4. Then click Playing Audio to open the window in the snapshot below.playing audio troubleshooter
  5. Click Advanced to select the Apply repairs automatically option.
  6. Press the Next button.

A stuck volume bar in Windows is often a keyboard hardware issue. If the above resolutions don’t fix it, users should consider returning laptops or desktops, which are still within warranty periods, to their manufacturers for repairs.

Alternatively, desktop users can also get new replacement keyboards if they can’t get warranty repairs.

We hope that our guide has helped you fix the volume bar problem. If you have any other suggestions leave us a comment in the section below.

FAQ: Read more about the volume bar

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published in April 2019 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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