How to Disable an On-Screen Volume Control Display Because It Tends to Freeze the Screen

By Stephen Lilley

Updated September 28, 2017

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If the "Volume Control" icon on your Windows desktop tends to freeze your screen when you use it, you can remove it from your Task Bar. It is important to note, however, that an application like "Volume Control" should never freeze your monitor. The fact that it does so is a sign of a more serious computer resource problem. Removing the icon will not fix the problem, but it will act as a temporary solution.

Right-click the task bar.

Click "Properties."

Click the "Taskbar" tab and click the "Customize" button in Windows XP. In Windows 7, the "Customize" button is in the "Notification Area" section of this window.

Click on the icon for your on-screen volume control and select "Always Hide" from the drop down menu. In Windows 7, select "Hide Icon and Notifications."

Click "Apply" to disable the on-screen volume control display.