Silently adjust sound volume level by holding down the Shift key

Nov 20, 2009 - 8 Comments

mac sound volume indicator You can adjust your Mac’s sound volume level silently by holding down the Shift key and then pressing the volume up or volume down keys. This is really handy when you’re in a quiet office or library and don’t want the beep sounds blaring as you adjust system volume.

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in 10.6, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  4. Nitpicker says:

    Works in 10.4.11 too

  5. Richard Bukovansky says:

    Hm… It works for me other way. When I press Shift and volume key, it beeps with “bubbling” sound on 10.6.2.

  6. Telly says:

    Sometimes the least non-mute audio level is even too loud (ie. in a tent or at night around sleeping people). Then you want to have even finer control on the volume. Press shift+option+volumekey to have every audiovolume’block’ split in four smaller blocks that are selectable.

  7. Nago says:

    I actually found out that Option+Volumekey brings up the Sound prefs panel, which is very handy =)

  8. Sandman619 says:

    Go to System Preferences > Sound & you can silence the audio volume squeak permanently, see the checkbox

    Cheers !

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