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When I listen Xbox Music and I change the volume using the volume keys on my laptop, a nice "now playing" overlay appears on the screen, with play/skip controls.

On my desktop keyboard I don't have volume keys, there is a keyboard shortcut to show the "now playing"/volume overlay?

It looks like it's system-wide, so there should be a keyboard shortcut, I think

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Not sure about the shortcut, but if you want you can try remapping unused keys (F11, F12?) to volume up/down using a program like SharpKeys. –  Karan Mar 30 '13 at 17:09
I'm also interested on this, I'm sure multimedia keyboards can use the next and previous song buttons correctly. However this might interest you : superuser.com/questions/497805/… –  Angel Escobedo Apr 9 '13 at 17:41

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