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Controlling Sound

The Sound pane in System Preferences allows you to adjust input, output and alert volumes, change input and output sound devices, change alert sounds, and play user interface sound effects, such as when you drag an icon to the Trash. You can use an input device, such as a microphone, to record your voice or give spoken commands and an output device, such as built-in or external speakers, to play music, words, and other sounds. If your computer has two stereo speakers, you can adjust the sound balance between them. If you don't want to hear sound from your speakers, you can turn on Mute, just like on your TV or stereo. If you use applications with volume controls, such as iTunes, the volume can only be equal to or less than the computer's output volume. To make volume control easier, you can add output volume to the menu bar.

Change Sound Effects

Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Sound icon.

Click the Sound Effects tab.

To change an alert sound, click a sound from the list.

Drag the Alert Volume slider to adjust the alert volume, which is relative to the output volume.

TIMESAVER Hold down the Option key while you drag the main speaker volume on the status menu bar to adjust the alert volume.

To play sounds when you perform certain actions in the Finder, select the Play User Interface Sound Effects check box.

If you have volume keys on your keyboard, clear the Play Feedback When Volume Keys Are Pressed check box to disable the feedback option, which allows you to use the keys to change the volume.

To change output volume from the menu bar, select the Show Volume In Menu Bar check box.

Click the Close button.



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