Currently, on my Macbook Pro (OSX 10.6.5), I will often use the 'mute' button to turn the volume off, for example if I'm working at night. I may then watch a video or something, and decide to have the volume on very quietly. So I press the 'volume up' key—but instead of going to volume level one (the logical 'volume step up' from mute), the volume jumps to whatever mega-decibels I was blasting out before I muted in the first place.

Is there a way to change the behavior of this? Ideally the 'mute' button would be changed to actually turn the volume to zero, rather than just muting. (And re-pressing mute would turn the volume back up to the original).

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I don't think this is possible. Use what I describe here as a workaround. Assign keyboard shortcuts on the F-keys to these scripts, and combine with FunctionFlip to get "regular function key" behavior.

By pressing shift while changing volume, you can suppress the volume indicator sounds. Maybe that's a workaround for pressing mute for you?

  • Thanks, this looks like the right way to do it. When I have time I'll give this a go. I'll try something like assigning F10 to an applescript that sets volume to 0. Jan 10, 2011 at 16:15

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