When there is currently no audio playing, the 'blip blip' sound effect is useful to know where the volume is currently set. But when there IS audio playing, you don't need the sound effect, yet is plays anyway. It is annoying, especially if you are using your computer for a presentation, or music at a party, etc.

Has anyone found a way to disable the volume adjustment sound effect for when audio is already playing?

  • I'd really like a solution that causes precisely the behaviour described by @Jason Hartley, though; if someone could write a tiny daemon that automatically swaps this behaviour (presumably, the System Preferences setting is defaults-writeable, somewhere?) based on whether there's currently audio playing to any device … or even a binary patch to Apple services … I'd be very appreciative. Aug 1, 2016 at 17:18

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Hold down the Shift key when clicking the Volume Up/Down keys to disable the volume adjustment notification sound.


Under System Preferences / Sound / Sound Effects unmark Play feedback when volume is changed.

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    Should? You might better be certain when you add answers.
    – Rob
    May 18, 2014 at 11:22
  • @Rob Your comment really helps.
    – user78453
    May 18, 2014 at 11:27
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    User78453, I was hoping that there was a way to disable the sound effect for when audio is already playing, but keep it enabled for when there is no audio playing. May 18, 2014 at 19:17

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