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Add sleek volume shortcuts on Android with Slider Widget

Learn how to put volume controls for notifications, alarms, music and more at your fingertips.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

There's a lot of widget apps, so for one to stand out it has to offer something others don't. Slider Widget - Volumes & more is definitely one of the best-looking volume widgets, and if you need your volume controls at your fingertips, this app is for you.

Instead of offering a simple toggle for each volume setting on your Android device, Slider Widget gives you a pop-up sliding bar that lets you adjust notification, alarm, phone, and system volumes. There's also an option for brightness, which is always better adjusted with a sliding bar.

Just grab a copy of Slider Widget - Volume & more for your Android device and you're ready to start customizing. Press and hold on one of your Android Home screens and then choose the size widget you want to get started with. After the widget appears, just tap on one of the icons for the sliding bar to pop up. You'll see a small wrench icon on the slider; tap this to do a little customization.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET
Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

In the customization area, you can set the background to be transparent (love this), and also adjust colors for semicircle around each icon through the Color & background menu. If you're going for the Holo theme look, try setting them all to one color -- white or blue being your best options. Other features include the ability to order the icons to your liking, or even change the position of the pop-up slider.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Which Home screen widgets do you use on a daily basis? I'm always looking for something new and sleek to share some of my screen real estate.