If you are using Windows Vista than this tip will be great for you. This will add a cool feature that should have been built into Vista. A volume indicator bar. There are 2 pieces to install this. The first is to install the DotNetFX Version 3.5 from microsoft. I put the link below. The second is the volume bar indicator program. The website where you can download it is also located below. I want to mention that the software is free and you can make a donation to the software writer from their website.
If you are using Windows XP and you would like to be able to have this, well unfortunately this will not work for you. But don’t worry I did not leave you behind. At the bottom of this post I also put a small utility that will work on windows XP so I have you covered.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Download for Vista: dotNetFx35setup.exe
Vista Volume Indicator Bar Download Website: http://gatehead.com/Free/Vista-Volume-Indicator.aspx
If the website above does not work try this direct link to download the file: http://www.mediafire.com/file/jv2mnyjigqj/vista_volume_indicator.msi
Windows XP Volume Bar Indicator
This one is easy I made it into an auto install file so all you have to do is download it, double click to install it and reboot your XP machine. Once it reboots use the Up and Down keys on your keyboard and you will see the volume level appear on the top left of the screen. I put an image below so you can see an example. Click on the image to enlarge.
VOLUME INDICATOR FOR XP DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.mediafire.com/?tntwhh2y1yr