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Generally to either increase or decrease the volume level of my Mac, I always go to the volume menu bar and adjust the slider accordingly.

I was wondering:

What other ways exist within OS X to adjust volume settings and perhaps give even finer adjustments to the volume level that is produced ?

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I have no more volume on my mac os x vers 10.5.8,maybe the drivers are missing??? – Rama Elton May 16 at 12:48
up vote 4 down vote accepted
  • Use the volume keys on your keyboard (hold Shift + Option for finer control)
  • Go to the Sound pane of System Preferences
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The volume keys are F11 & F12, is that correct ? – Simon Jul 19 '13 at 10:25
Yes, I believe so. – Tortilla Jul 19 '13 at 10:29
Excellent, thanks very much :) – Simon Jul 19 '13 at 11:08

You mentioned alternate ways to control the volume. Here is one from the terminal:

sudo osascript -e "set Volume 5"

You can change to "5" to a higher or lower number to make the volume go up and down in intensity.

sudo osascript -e "set Volume 0.1"

This will put your volume at super quiet

As @Tortilla stated, for finer control without the terminal, you can hold Shift + Option while using the F11 or F12 keys to adjust the volume by 1/4 (0.25) increments.

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