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Option-click works fine in Panther
Authored by: caesurae on Jun 19, '06 10:28:23AM

Option-clicking the volume menu extra works fine in Panther, adjusting the alert volume setting without affecting the output volume setting.

I'm not sure why other people believe otherwise, but perhaps it has to do with the relationship between the computer's output volume and the alert volume.

The alert volume is always relative to the main output volume; it can never be higher than the main output volume. As with applications 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 computer's output volume settings.

As for the user who adjusted the sound via the volume menu extra while the Sound preference pane was open...The sound preference pane's window is not updated in real time when adjusting the volume settings via the volume menu extra. So this is not a valid way to examine the behavior of the volume menu extra.

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