TIP: Fractional keyboard volume control

Okay, so you don’t know what the heck this title means – let me know if you come up with a better one! Controlling the volume from the keyboard means using a function key with the volume icon on it (usually F11/F12, but F4/F5 on older MacBooks). This raises or lowers the volume a full step at a time, but you can exercise finer control.

Change the volume a quarter-step at a time by holding down both Shift and Option when you press the function key; the onscreen “readout” even shows the quarter-step changes, filling each block one quarter-stripe a time.

Use the function keys at the top of your keyboard to lower and raise the volume a "step" at a time (center); add Shift and Option to the function key to get a fraction of a step in the volume adjustment (right).

Use the function keys at the top of your keyboard to lower and raise the volume a "step" at a time (center); add Shift and Option to the function key to get a fraction of a step in the volume adjustment (right).

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3 Responses to TIP: Fractional keyboard volume control

  1. Callie says:

    This doesn’t work on my macbook, it is an older version.

  2. mactipster says:

    Callie: How old’s the MacBook? I’m wondering if it’s hardware or software keeping it from working. If you don’t have the little symbols on your F keys like the ones in the picture (tho I thought all MacBooks had them, even if in different spots – mine are on F3 and F4), then I can’t imagine that it would work. I don’t know when the capability became available, OS-wise, but it works in Leopard and Snow Leopard.

    s.

  3. Davi P. says:

    Don’t know that I’ll use this much, but interesting. It made me wonder what Shift and Option each do separately with a sound volume key. Shift temporarily reverses the setting of the feedback blip sound. Option opens the Sound Preferences pane! Both useful!

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