Change the system volume using the scroll wheel whenever the cursor hovers over the Taskbar, with this small, open-source utility
Managing the system volume can get quite difficult when multiple games or applications are open at the same time, as you may need to quickly turn the volume down or up when switching to a different one. Things get even more difficult if your keyboard is not equipped with media keys.
TbVolScroll is a lightweight program that lets you control the volume in an entirely different way – while it is running, you can simply scroll up or down to change the volume when the cursor is placed over the Taskbar.
Control the volume with only the scroll wheel
Once you’ve launched the application, you only need to move the mouse cursor over the Taskbar and scroll up or down. A horizontal volume bar will be displayed, and its color and size will change based on the current sound level.
Each scroll step modifies the volume by 5%, and you can hold the ALT key to reduce this to 1%, thus making fine adjustments easier. When the level is below 10%, the precise volume control is enabled automatically.
Unobtrusive and simple to use, but it lacks customization options
Getting started with TbVolScroll could hardly be easier, as you don’t need to install anything and can just launch the executable file from any location on your PC. It only runs in the system tray, so it is very unobtrusive.
Unfortunately, though, you can’t change anything about the program’s behavior. For instance, it would have been great if it were possible to customize the volume steps and when precise control is enabled, as well as keep the percentage indicator active at all times. Also, the dimensions and color of the volume bar cannot be altered.
Promising utility that could use some more features
Make no mistake, TbVolScroll worked great during our tests, and it is a great application for users who are looking for a new way to control the system volume. However, we would like to see more customization options added in future releases.