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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4 System 10.7
The ability to modify the volume in smaller increments was previously available in earlier versions of OS X. Holding down Shift and Option before pressing the Volume keys on your keyboard would let you adjust the volume in quarter-steps. This ability was absent in OS X 10.7, but has returned in 10.7.4. This is not mentioned in the release notes.

[kirkmc adds: Well, I've never used this, so I'm not sure whether it was indeed missing. If anyone has a pre-10.7.4 version of Lion running, can you test it? (I have one in a virtual machine, but changing the volume from the keyboard doesn't affect VMs.) This feature first appeared in 10.5.]
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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: brz on Jun 05, '12 07:55:32AM

cool :)



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: cra on Jun 05, '12 08:42:34AM

I have seen this work previously (Snow leopard? I never really used this, just tested it after reading a previous hint a while back), but just now I tried it again on the same Mac, now running 10.7.4. However, I don't seem to get any smaller increments. It makes full increments, but it doesn't play the ticking sound. I guess this is a feature in itself, to avoid clicking sounds during presentations, skype calls, movies etc.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: arcticmac on Jun 05, '12 09:01:53AM

did you remember the "option" key? Just getting rid of the clicking is shift by itself, which, incidentally, was re-published here within the last couple of weeks.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: cra on Jun 05, '12 09:16:51AM

How do I make blushing-smiley in this forum? Of course I forgot the option key!

That means I can <i>confirm</i> that shift-option increments volume in smaller steps. :-)



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: khcole on Jun 05, '12 08:49:56AM

Yes. My wife's MBA is only at 10.7.3 and that feature is missing. I didn't realize they restored it in 10.7.4. That's great, as I had been missing it. Thanks!



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: Generick on Jun 05, '12 08:53:04AM

It works in Snow Leopard (10.6.8).



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: scott.gardner on Jun 05, '12 08:59:53AM

I tested and confirmed that this does not work on 10.7.3.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: dancingbrook on Jun 05, '12 09:04:14AM

Yes, it works in Snow Leopard, and you have to hold down both the shift key and the option ket (at the same time to get the 1/4 increments. The shift key alone silences the sound of clicking through full increments, as described by the previous comment.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: arcticmac on Jun 05, '12 09:08:19AM

As published here before:
Shift + volume: adjust volume without/with feedback (opposite of whatever you have set in the sound prefpane)
Shift + option + volume: fine adjustment. Does not effect feedback.
Option + volume: open Sound in SystemPreferences

Similar tricks work for display brightness as well (specifically, shift-option to fine adjust and option to open the corresponding prefpane).



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: schutt on Jun 05, '12 09:51:52AM

It is good to see that Apple has finally removed one more barrier to updating past 10.6.8.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: slb on Jun 06, '12 01:25:18PM

Waaay past ;)



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: bretperry on Jun 05, '12 10:38:23AM

Confirmed, Shift-option-F11 does nothing in 10.7.3 (shift-F11 and option-F11 work).
(still at 10.7.3 due to IT policy)



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: Mechcozmo on Jun 05, '12 10:43:51AM

I can confirm that this feature was missing in Lion through 10.7.4. Glad to see it's back.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: Jaywalk3r on Jun 05, '12 12:07:48PM

I can verify that the feature disappeared in OS X 10.7. I'm glad to read that it's back. I used to use it often and missed it.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: simplebeep on Jun 05, '12 03:18:27PM

Hooray! Now the world may continue spinning.

This feature most certainly was missing in Lion before now---I even submitted a bug report to Apple about it! It's a feature that's very dear to me, and I've found myself not listening to my music as much from my computer because of its absence.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: zezee3 on Jun 05, '12 07:46:22PM

I just tried this and it WORKS, IT WORKS.

Thanks.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: jaydisc on Jun 06, '12 05:55:17AM

Awesome. I missed this.



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: poenn on Jun 08, '12 04:41:53AM

Finally it is back! I can confirm that this worked in 10.6 and had stopped working in 10.7 until 10.7.4 where it now works again! I was missing this feature, because I still use the rather loud USB Sound Sticks I (number one, the oldest version back from the G4 days).

May I add another sub-hint?

Since the above had stopped working I resorted to lowering the volume to zero (no bars) and then hitting the mute key. This results in an even lower volume than the 1/4 bar which is now again possible. But anyway, it’s good that I can now use both ways again. Thanks for the hint! I wouldn’t have tried it again…



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Shift-Option modifier for fine volume control returns in 10.7.4
Authored by: monolithic on Jun 09, '12 12:08:03AM

Option, Option-Shift key combination also work for screen brightness (F1 and F2) and keyboard brightness (F5 and F6)



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