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Is there a way to make Ubuntu show me the current main volume level in the form of a percent? Like Windows 7 does when you change the sound level.
I'm just sorta a number freak, and I like to know what percentage my volume is at. Thanks :)

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In a terminal you can use amixer to ask for the volume. For example my Master volume:

user@srv % amixer get Master
Simple mixer control 'Master',0
  Capabilities: pvolume pvolume-joined pswitch pswitch-joined penum
  Playback channels: Mono
  Limits: Playback 0 - 31
  Mono: Playback 21 [68%] [-15.00dB] [on]

To get a visual feedback use notify-send (from libnotify-bin):

user@srv % notify-send "volume" "$(amixer get Master | grep dB | sed 's/\(^[a-z0-9 :]\+\[\|\[\|\]\)//gi')"
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If you hover your mouse over the volume icon in the panel, the percent should show in a tooltip. I don't think the built-in Gnome applet has a feature like the one you describe.

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It doesn't for me.. – James Litewski Apr 24 '11 at 8:28

Pulse audio control "pavcontrol" from the software centre displays percentage.

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