No more fine-grained volume control in Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by imgonephishin, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. imgonephishin macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003
    In Leopard and SL, I could press shift-option-(volume up or down) and get a more precise volume control that changed the volumes by quarter of a block on the screen instead of the full blocks.

    The keyboard combination no longer works in Lion and I was wondering if anyone knew if it had changed to a different combination or if you have any workarounds? The best I can come up with is to save this applescript and drop it in the dock. A workable solution, but I'd prefer something a little more elegant and universal that would work on any Mac I work on.

    This may not seem like much to you, but I work in a very quiet office. I like to listen to music but even on volume level 1 and itunes, Pandora, YouTube, whatever, set at the near minimum, it's still hard for me to hear my co-workers if they ask me something. I like my work music to be very quiet--like soft background noise.

    Oh, and please spare me the snide comments about, "It's not there any more. Get over it and quit whining." I'm not acting like the sky is falling. Just curious if there's a better workaround.
  2. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    Didn't realize this was gone. I never used it that much, but it was nice when the steps between the volume levels were too much. Does dragging the slider on the volume menu bar icon allow finer control?
  3. imgonephishin thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003
    Good idea about the slider. It looks like that does work for selecting volume levels below 1 whole step (IIRC on past versions of L and SL the slider looked very granular but just allowed you to pick the incremental levels).

    I'd still love a way to do this more precisely from the keyboard if anyone knows of anything, but the slider is certainly better than that clunky applescript that I was using before.
  4. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Aww man, I just noticed that this feature was gone. I used to use it all the time. Why the hell did Apple even remove this feature?
  5. bwwils macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I used this all the time too. Hope they bring it back...
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I had no idea that was even there. Guess I won't miss it now that it's gone. I just always used the slider from the menu bar for fine control. LOL.
  7. billchase2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    Sad to see this is gone as well. Thanks for the tip on using the slider; it's better than nothing.
  8. MartiNZ macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I never knew either! Just when you think you know all the hidden UI stuff :). Like I just found out the other day that the "click scrollbar to go to next page / to scroll to here" option can be toggled on the fly by holding option - less useful with hiding scrollbars but still, hidden stuff is always fun finding out ... except I guess when it no longer applies....
  9. mrmister macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    Used to be Apple would *add* features like this for power users to find. Now Lion is defined by removing them for absolutely no discernable reason.
  10. KevinGrabher macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2009
  11. ImFromAfrica macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2011
    Stole this from another forum

    1) reduce volume to just 1 bar
    2) press F11 to lower the volume to 0 bars
    3) press the mute key (F10)

    Should give a lower volume than with just one bar. Sucks to lose the fine volume control though.
  12. ncrypt, May 16, 2012
    Last edited: May 16, 2012

    ncrypt macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2012
    It now works :D

    Pressing shift+alt then the volume keys now works :D

    *Using 10.7.4
  13. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Works for me
  14. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
  15. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    It works in Lion.


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