Whenever I’m using my Windows laptop I frequently adjust the level of the volume depending on what I’m doing at the time. The problem with Windows is that there is no indication of the volume level as you change it aside from the tiny System Tray icon that only has a few bars to indicate what it’s set at. As a result most computer manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo will make their own on-screen volume indicators, but they are often bundled with other things you don’t need.
If you want an on-screen volume level indicator I highly recommend taking a look at the free 3RVX tool. You can customize the appearance of the on-screen display by choosing from one of several themes that are bundled with it including the Mac-like one that you see above. Most of the themes are very polished, and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits your system well.
The thing I love the most about this app is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re adjusting the volume using dedicated keys on your machine or you’re using some sort of software that changes the system volume… either way 3RVX will pick up the volume change. You don’t need some special OEM software to do this.
3RVX Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)