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OS X Mountain Lion: Change the sound volume

Change the sound volume

You can change the volume of all sounds playing through your computer’s speakers. You can also select a separate volume for alert sounds (sounds your computer makes when alert messages appear).

Depending on your computer and the devices you use, you may be able to set other volume options using the Audio MIDI Setup app.

If you use apps that have volume controls (for example, iTunes or iMovie), their settings can only be equal to or less than the computer’s output volume. They do not override the settings you choose in Sound preferences.

Change the volume using the menu bar

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sound, and then click Sound Effects.
  2. Select the “Show volume in menu bar” checkbox.
  3. Click the sound icon in the menu bar and drag the volume slider.

Change the volume using Sound preferences

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Sound, and then click Sound Effects.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To change the volume of all the sounds your computer plays, drag the “Output volume” slider.

    • To turn off all sounds, select the Mute checkbox.

    • To change the volume of the alert sound and user interface sound effects, drag the “Alert volume” slider right or left.

      The alert volume is always relative to the main output volume; it can never be higher than the main output volume.

Change the volume using an Apple Remote or the keyboard

  • Press the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons on the Apple Remote.
  • If your keyboard has volume keys, which have speaker icons, press them to adjust the volume.
Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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