Apple Mac volume: calibrate finer under OS X and macOS

At this point a short guide for those of you for whom the Apple Mac volume control in OS X and macOS on Mac, iMac and MacBook is too coarse. Because in addition to the 16 levels in which you can make music, films, system tones and the like louder or quieter, there is also the option of dividing these levels. You can, so to speak, refine the volume control and quarter the 16 volume levels again, so that it becomes 64 volume levels. And that with just a small key combination.

Apple Mac volume fine-tune under OS X and macOS: Simply use 16 control levels instead of 64 levels with a key combination. That's how it's done!

Apple Mac volume fine-tune under OS X and macOS: Simply use 16 control levels instead of 64 levels with a key combination. That's how it's done!

Key combination: Shortcut for finer volume control

If you want to fine-tune the volume under Mac OS X or the new name macOS and the original 16 levels are too coarse for you, then next time don't just press the volume up and down buttons, but Shift + Other + Lauter or Leiser. The Alt key has the symbol ⌥.

In the graphic above you can see, for example, the volume level 6. You can do this with the shortcut Shift key + ⌥ + Lauter or Leiser Divide into the individual steps 5,25 - 5,5 - 5,75 and 6. Especially when you Headphones, external speakers, Bluetooth speaker or if you use speakers integrated via AirPlay and you cannot / do not want to change anything, this can be helpful.

Calibrate volume: This is what it looks like on the Mac keyboard

For Mac beginners and computer newbies, here is the visual representation of the shortcut on the Mac keyboard for the refined volume control in the Apple operating system. Note: the buttons must of course be pressed at the same time and not one after the other. So hold down Shift (Shift) and Alt (⌥) and use volume up or down to flick through the individual volume quarters;)

Mac key combination for finer calibration of the volume in the Apple operating system.

Mac key combination for finer calibration of the volume in the Apple operating system.

Your questions and answers

Do you still have a question about using the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook under OS X and macOS? Then ask your questions as a comment on this post or use it Contact Form. We will then help you if possible. You are also welcome to share your experiences and tricks when using the Apple computer at this point!

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5 comments

  1. Simone says:

    ... the same works with the brightness control ...! (-:

    Sunny greeting

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Simone,
      yes, of course you are right. In addition to the volume, the brightness of the Mac screen can also be fine-tuned with the corresponding key combination :-)
      Best greetings
      John

  2. Erich says:

    Great - thank you - only mine is almost always on the right and is still too quiet. that's why I don't need it….

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