Are there any alternative ways to switch your Input/Output sound device in OS X? My goal is to avoid going through System Preferences and have as few keystrokes/steps as possible.

  • What does "easy" mean? Keyboard shortcut, Terminal command/script, Keyboard Maestro macro, or something else? – nohillside Apr 9 '16 at 8:52
  • Well, easy means achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties. Easy for each person is different . I just discovered this and thought of sharing with the community as I had to do lot of searching to find this one out. Might help people like me, who find 2 clicks quick and easy than several clicks :-) – iGameRam Apr 9 '16 at 9:07

 alt/option click on Sound icon on top menu.

To enable the sound icon on the top menu bar, only once you have to go to System Preferences-> Sound-> Show volume in menu bar

alt/option + click on the Sound icon on the menu bar to get this dropdown and select the desired output or input device

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