How to adjust the volume on your Mac

New to the Mac ecosystem? You may be wondering how to turn the computer volume up or down. Just like Windows, you can use keyboard shortcuts. And to make this easier, you can also add a volume control to the menu bar.

Use function keys on the Mac keyboard

The easiest way to adjust the volume on your Mac is to use the media keys on your keyboard. Similar to Windows, the Mac keyboard has a function line at the top.

Macs prefer media keys over function keys. So you can press the F10 key to mute the volume, the F11 key to decrease the volume, and the F12 key to increase the volume.

To actually use them as function keys, you need to hold down the Fn key and then press one of the function keys.

You can also adjust the volume in small steps. To do this, hold down the Option + Shift keys when using the F11 or F12 keys.

Here’s how to adjust your Mac’s volume in smaller steps

How to adjust the volume using the Touch Bar

If you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, you can use the Control Strip to adjust the volume. Here you will see a volume button on the right side of the Touch Bar.


Tap it to reveal the volume slider. Swipe left or right to decrease or increase the volume.

Change the volume on Mac using the Touch Bar

If you think this is a chore, you can tap and hold the volume button, then swipe left or right to decrease or increase the volume as well.

How to add a volume control to the menu bar

If you’re a visual person or use the mouse a lot, it’s best to add the volume slider right into the menu bar. This is a quick way to tell if you are muted or not.

To add the volume function to the menu bar, click the “Apple” icon in the menu bar and select the “System Preferences” option.

From the Apple menu, click System Preferences

Select the “Sound” option here.

Select Sound from System Preferences

Now go to the tab “Outputs” and activate the option “Show volume in menu bar”.

Select Show Volume in the menu bar


Click the new Volume button in the menu bar to adjust the volume.

Change the volume via the menu bar

From here you can also switch the sound output devices.

How to switch audio output devices on Mac

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