When I hit F11 or F12 (volume up and volume down) I get the volume control overlay; the volume increases or decreases; and the machine makes an "SQUICK SQUICK SQUICK" noise.

How do I keep the functionality of the keys but stop them making that noise?

(Mac Book Pro with Snow Leopard)

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    That dang SQUICK sound annoyed the heck out of me, too. I turned it off a long time ago! – user9290 Sep 7 '11 at 0:15

You can change this in System Preferences.

Go to the Sound pane, and uncheck the Play feedback when volume is changed checkbox.

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Also, if you want to not play the sound for a given change (a one-off thing), hold down shift and change the volume.
This will also play the sound if it's turned off.

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    A little off-topic, but you can also do micro adjustments to the volume by holding down both shift and option while hitting the volume keys. (Removed in Lion, unfortunately) – Jamie Aug 18 '11 at 20:55
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    They must have added 1/4 adjustments back into ML, because it works for me. – bassplayer7 Dec 17 '12 at 14:17

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