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Like the question states.

ubuntu volume control applet

Is it possible to change any system settings such that when I hover over the volume control applet or slider, the current level is shown in a tooltip (the number)? Or is there at all some place from where I can view this.

Even the sound preferences dialog does not show the actual number, which is strange to say the least.

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I'm curious why the number is important to you. Isn't sound better measured by aural means, rather than an arbitrary number? "How loud is it" "65" – Alex Launi Nov 2 '10 at 15:14
The "aural means" is what is arbitrary; the number is definite. – Mussnoon Nov 2 '10 at 15:18
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One way I found to get the volume level is to use the command line program alsamixer.

In the screenshot below, 65 is the current global volume level.

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