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Playing Sounds

You can have a lot of fun with digital sounds—if you know where to find them, where to put them, and how to edit them. You can play almost any kind of digitized sound files, even MP3 files, right in the Finder—if you put its window into column view. But that’s just the beginning.

Controlling the Volume

Adjusting the volume of your Mac’s speakers couldn’t be easier: Just add the speaker menulet to your menu bar, as directed in Figure 15-1. That illustration also shows the Sound pane of System Preferences, which offers another way to go about it.

Tip

Actually, all current Macs offer an even more direct way to control the speaker volume: speaker-control keys right on the keyboard. (The key next to them is the Mute button, which instantaneously cuts off all the Mac’s sound—a wonderful feature when you find yourself trying to use the Mac surreptitiously in a library or church.)


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