If you’ve just done something in front of a non-geek that surprises them enough to ask “How’d you do that?”, you’ve probably performed a Stupid Geek Trick. Usually these tricks aren’t anything complicated, just little known fun tricks that we like to share.

For today’s Stupid Geek Trick, we’re going to show you how to shrink the XP volume control with a keystroke. And just so I can use my favorite wallpaper, we’re talking about the volume control when you double-click on the Volume icon in the tray.

Once the dialog is up, hit the Ctrl+S key combination…

And your volume control should shrink down to a mini version! Using the same key combination again will change it back to the big version.

Note that you can also remove some of the sliders that you might not use by going to Options \ Properties, and then unchecking everything you don’t need.


In case you are wondering, this doesn’t work in Vista. Got any more fun geek tricks? Share them in the comments.

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