When music becomes too loud or conference calls too quiet, we expect our Mac volume keys to adjust the audio level immediately – however if they fail, that can be extremely disconcerting and potentially frustrating.
Your volume function keys may not be working for various reasons; fortunately, there are some straightforward solutions you can try to restore them.
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A menu bar is a strip at the top of your screen that offers commands specific to any application you are currently using. On Windows computers, this may appear within each program window; on macOS however, they remain fixed at the top and provide settings specific to whatever program is currently in focus.
The default macOS menu bar features icons for Apple, File, Edit and more as well as status menus such as Wi-Fi and battery life statuses. You can easily customize it further to add or remove certain icons; alternatively you can drag them around the menu bar for easier placement on smaller monitors or to give specific features more prominence.
Many items in your menu bar feature light gray keyboard shortcuts to make accessing them even simpler. Pressing these keyboard shortcuts will activate their respective items without opening up menus; for example, pressing the arrows beside the volume icon opens Sound preference pane so you can control output level adjustments directly there. Furthermore, menu bar also includes an alert volume slider which controls how loudly system will play sounds to notify of messages or events.
Macs also come equipped with function keys that can mute or reduce audio volume, although these don’t always work effectively. To enable volume sliders in the menu bar, navigate to Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Sound and check “Show volume in menu bar” box; alternatively use F10, F11 and F12 buttons or the MacBook Pro’s OLED touch bar to manage it.
Based on your preferences, the menu bar may automatically become hidden when working in certain applications. However, to bring it back, just click on the Show Menu Bar button. Mac computers also feature transparent menu bars which blend seamlessly with desktop wallpaper underneath them.
Apple MacBook users find adjusting the volume on their Mac to be an effortless process that doesn’t require extra software or services. Utilizing keyboard functions F10, F11 and F12 they can mute, increase, or decrease volume without opening system settings and searching for relevant options. Unfortunately, sometimes these buttons stop functioning correctly leaving users unable to change audio levels; luckily there are multiple solutions that can restore functionality to these buttons and restore audio control functionality back on Macs.
One of the easiest solutions is to add a volume control icon directly into the menu bar. This icon can then be clicked upon to control sound on your computer – this solution may also prove invaluable for those who find navigating System Preferences tediously complicated.
First step to creating a menu bar icon for volume control: open System Preferences window and select Sound tab. Make sure Show Volume in Menu Bar is checked and Play User Interface Sounds When Volume Changes option disabled; next click Options button and Output Tab and choose your device type via drop-down box next to Sound Output device – or use Options button and Options drop-down to choose preferred device(s).
This method is particularly helpful for users who use headphones and speakers regularly and want quick access to audio controls. Furthermore, this is also a fantastic way to quickly adjust volume levels when listening to music, taking phone calls, or watching videos.
Pressing ALT + F2 opens the System Preferences window with Display system pane, providing another quick way of accessing volume control on a menu bar icon. This method may also be more suitable for those having trouble opening it through Spotlight; additionally, this method may work better for people having difficulties clicking directly on an icon within Dock.
Spotlight is a search feature included with macOS that makes finding files, folders, music, apps and more fast and simple. It displays detailed information about files such as their creation date, modification date, size, type and even natural language results for more specific results. Plus it can even search the web automatically, giving results from both your default browser as well as other sources – making Spotlight an indispensable tool to quickly finding what you need!
Spotlight can help organize all the applications, files, photos, and folders on your computer more easily by finding files faster, opening them more quickly, searching documents and emails for specific words, finding related web pages or images, as well as using its built-in New Oxford American Dictionary to look up definitions.
Spotlight is user-friendly, letting you adjust its settings to meet your specific needs – for instance, only searching local content or the entire Internet at once. Furthermore, its behavior can also be modified, including how results are displayed and which folders it searches by default.
Customize the Quick Access menu as desired; for instance, adding an app shortcut via keystroke makes launching it quick and easy without needing to open it first. Furthermore, this menu can be used to adjust screen brightness levels as well as manage other preferences.
Spotlight is an exceptional feature, but not flawless. Some users may encounter issues with its performance which could hinder productivity of users. Possible causes may include virus infections, incorrect keyboard settings or hardware malfunction.
If you are having issues, try troubleshooting them yourself or contact Apple Support for assistance. Third-party apps may also help. Check out Setapp collection which includes over 250 solutions to streamline Macs.
The Control Center provides easy access to common settings and tasks on your Mac. From here you can alter volume levels and sound effects; select display modes; enable or disable notifications; set keyboard shortcuts for them all; as well as setting any custom keyboard shortcuts you may prefer for these functions. Touch Bar Mac users also can take advantage of using its built-in volume slider for even greater audio control from this location, adding it directly into their menu bar for greater flexibility.
Your Mac’s volume keys F10, F11 and F12 allow you to mute or decrease volume. Unfortunately, though, sometimes these keystrokes don’t respond when pressed – whether that be due to hardware issues with either speaker or keyboard or simply being completely ignored altogether. There could be any number of reasons behind their ineffectiveness: they could simply not respond.
If the F10, F11 and F12 keys on your Mac aren’t functioning as they should, try some straightforward troubleshooting steps to restore them. First off, rebooting will likely solve this issue; otherwise, additional strategies might need to be explored.
Check your keyboard settings by going to the Apple logo and choosing System Preferences > Keyboard, with “Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” selected as you see fit. Using quick keyboard commands you can also change sound volume increments quickly.
Another possible cause of your volume keys not working may be an extension installed in Chrome, such as Google Music. Certain extensions prevent volume buttons from functioning correctly on macOS Mojave devices – leading to issues like loss of sound quality and being unable to switch between internal and external devices.
If the above tips haven’t helped and your volume buttons still won’t work, reach out to Apple Support or visit an Apple store – the experts there can assist in solving the issue and setting up your Mac for optimal performance.