New to the Mac ecosystem? You may be wondering how to increase or decrease the volume of your computer. Just like Windows, you can use keyboard shortcuts. And to make it easier, you can also add a volume control to the menu bar.
Use the function keys on the Mac keyboard
The easiest way to adjust the volume on your Mac is to use the media keys on the keyboard. Like Windows, the Mac keyboard has a function bar at the top.
Macs prefer media keys instead of function keys. So you can press the F10 button to turn off the volume, the F11 button to decrease the volume and the F12 button to increase the volume.
To actually use them as function keys, you must hold down the Fn key and then press one of the function keys.
You can also adjust the volume in small steps. To do this, hold down the Option + Shift keys when using the F11 or F12 keys.
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How to adjust the volume with the touch pad
If you are using a MacBook with a touch pad, you can use the control strip to adjust the volume. Here you see a volume button to the right of the touch pad.
Tap it to reveal the volume control. Slide your finger left or right to decrease or increase the volume.
If you find this boring, you can press and hold the volume key and then slide left or right to decrease or increase the volume as well.
How to add a volume control to the menu bar
If you are a visual person or use the mouse often, it is best to add the volume control directly in the menu bar. This way you can quickly see if you are quiet or not.
To add the volume feature to the menu bar, click the “Apple” icon in the menu bar and select the “System Preferences” option.
Select the “Sound” option.
Now go to the “Outputs” tab and check the “Show volume in the menu bar” option.
Click the new “Volume” button in the menu bar to adjust the volume.
From here you can also switch audio output devices.
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