I don't know about you but I can't stand the sound effect that plays when I use my MacBook Pro keyboard (or external Apple keyboard) to turn my volume up or down. It can be ear-piercing if you have a nice pair of headphones on. In the OS X 10.5 (Leopard) days there was a Terminal command you could run to turn off the sound effect. On OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) there's actually a setting in the Sound preference pane of System Preferences that controls whether the sound plays. Following the break is a screenshot that shows where you can turn the sound effect on or off.

UpdateI looked for this setting in the Sound pane of System Preferences and confirmed it has existed at least as far back as Tiger OS X 10.4. While it's true there was a Terminal command you could use to turn the setting off you accomplish the same task by simply using System Preferences.

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on February 25, 2010 at 1:08 PM. It was filed in the following categories: Mac. It has been viewed 17184 times and has 6 comments.

6 Responses to Turning Off the Volume Up/Down Sound Effect on Snow Leopard

  1. Cool. You can also hold down shift when changing the volume to suppress the sound effect which I agree is annoying.

  2. @Sam - Yup. I knew about holding down shift but after forgetting a few times and blowing out my ear drums, I decided to look for a new solution on Snow Leopard. Fortunately, I had the sense to look in the Sounds preference pane before Googling.

  3. Bash

    The setting is in Leopard as well. At least in 10.5.8. My sound panel looks just like yours.

    A function I really like is holding option+shift while changing the volume as it lets adjust the in "quarters".

  4. @Bash - Very interesting. I feel like a dolt now. Not only does this checkbox exist on Leopard (OS X 10.5) it also exists on Tiger (OS X 10.4. I have an old 12 inch Powerbook running 10.4.x and a MacBook Pro running 10.5.8 and was able to confirm the existence of the checkbox on each. So, this has existed for a long time but it's still a useful setting.

  5. Cheech not Chung

    Thanks man !

  6. Thanks. I looked at that thing a dozen times. Never thought to click it.