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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard System 10.5
When using the volume control function keys on an Apple laptop, there's a limited amount of control over the volume -- each key press moves the volume by one entire unit in the onscreen bezel. However, by pressing Shift and Option along with the volume key you want to use, you can break up each large step in the volume control bezel into four parts, instead of having to use the menu bar item or System Preferences for fine-grained control.

[robg adds: I don't have 10.4 with me on the road this week, but a friend tested it for me and said it did not work. Hence, I've marked this hint as 10.5 only. If that turns out to be wrong, please let me know. Someone else with an external third-party keyboard said it didn't work for him in 10.5 -- so this hint may also require a laptop Mac and built-in keyboard. If someone can test using an Apple external on a desktop and/or laptop, please post your results in the comments. (Being on the road this week, the macosxhints.com test lab has been reduced to a MacBook Pro running 10.5 with the built-in keyboard.)]
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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: sophistry on Jan 17, '08 07:38:26AM

yes, indeed... this does work in 10.5 with apple wireless KB - the little onscreen 'bezel' notches even show you 1/4 of the way.

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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: ghay on Jan 17, '08 07:41:48AM

Works fine in 10.5 internal or external apple keyboard.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: zionthelion73 on Jan 17, '08 07:51:38AM

Did you notice that if you hold shift changing the volume via keyboard, toogle on/off the sound effect?

And also that if you hold alt changing the volume via keyboard it opens System Preferences? Works also with brightness keys

Works with 10.5 and 10.4

Ciao

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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 17, '08 10:27:17AM

In 10.4.11 on my first-gen MacBook Pro, none of these extra keys did anything until I went to Keyboard & Mouse prefs and unchecked "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys"....

After I made that change, my MBP behaved just as zionthelion describes... and no key combination seems to adjust the volume in any smaller increment than the usual. I can do it quietly, or I can invoke the Sounds prefs pane, but I can't adjust the volume with more fine control.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: mustang_dvs on Jan 18, '08 07:06:12AM
In 10.4.11 on my first-gen MacBook Pro, none of these extra keys did anything until I went to Keyboard & Mouse prefs and unchecked "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys"....
The checkbox toggles the behavior of the Function keys.
  • Unchecked, the F-keys activate their OS functions, while holding the [Fn] key makes them behave as F-keys.
  • Checked, it makes the F-keys work as F-keys, while holding the [Fn] key makes them activate the OS functions.


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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: fanguad on Jan 17, '08 07:58:28AM

I just tried it with a 10.4 laptop using internal keyboard. Option+Shift has the same effect as Shift (no sounds, as noted above). That means this is a 10.5 only hint.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: deviantintegral on Jan 17, '08 08:22:39AM

This works fine with my Dell (Logitech) Bluetooth keyboard using the built-in volume control knob.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: burtman on Jan 17, '08 02:46:13PM

And My Sun Microsystems Type 6 USB UNIX keyboard



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: CyborgSam on Jan 17, '08 10:05:41AM

Works AOK with a matias tactilepro USB keyboard on a G4 MDD.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: freddiepingpong on Jan 17, '08 10:53:41AM

I've set my function keys to work as volume, brightness etc when holding down the fn key, so holding fn-shift-option volume doesn't work.



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Strike that
Authored by: freddiepingpong on Jan 17, '08 10:57:56AM

Strike that- it works but only if you type shift-option then fn then volume.
Fn then shift-option volume doesn't work.



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Strike that
Authored by: bdog on Jan 18, '08 05:22:23AM

Works for me. I tried all 6 combinations of the order you can press these keys in and they all worked (Summer 2007 MacBook internal keyboard, X.5.1).



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: markom on Jan 17, '08 11:23:06AM

I have late 2006 iMac running 10.5.1 with Aluminium keyboard and the hint works as described (including visual display, sound effects and system preferences variants described in an another comment).

I'm curious to know if it works with older Apple keyboards?



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: DCJ001 on Jan 17, '08 06:42:53PM

I'm using a May 2007 MacBook with an external Apple keyboard from 2000 and this fine volume level adjustment works as explained in the original hint.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: BLT on Jan 17, '08 07:50:25PM

I suspect this will work on all macs, as it works on my G4 dual 500 purchased sometime in 2000 and my Intel Mac Mini purchased last year.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: hookoa on Jan 17, '08 11:52:01AM

Works with my Late 2007 iMac Intel 2.4 gHz.

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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: poenn on Jan 17, '08 12:04:39PM
THANK YOU!

As an owner of the original USB SoundSticks this is a good thing to know! Now, if only Apple (or someone else) could provide a way to reduce the overall system volume...

-> http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=81850

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works fine with...
Authored by: gxw on Jan 17, '08 04:47:30PM

works fine with...
Early intel iMac
10.5.1
eMac keyboard



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Jan 17, '08 06:30:05PM

Seems that since the modifier keys involved are shift and option, that any keyboard with those keys functional is going to work given that they have 10.5. Given that all keyboards have shift, and the option key maps to alt on a PC keyboard (IIRC), then you're far more likely to not have volume keys I would think on a given keyboard.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: bdog on Jan 18, '08 05:47:20AM

This also works with the Apple remote. Didn't work with the thumb scroll "wheel" on my Logitech MX Revolution.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: lbonney on Jan 24, '08 08:30:35AM

I can confirm it works under 10.5 with an Apple external keyboard.

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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: superafterburner on Mar 01, '08 01:59:58PM

Works fine for me on original MacBook and aluminium iMac using both the keyboards and Apple Remote.



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10.5: Set fine volume levels using the keyboard
Authored by: pingfreak on Aug 28, '10 03:54:31AM

works with imac early 2010,aluminium bluetooth keyboard



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