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How to Use Your Mac Keyboard to for More Precise Brightness, Volume Adjustments

Your Mac probably has a top row of function keys, and you’re probably familiar with using the volume and brightness controls to adjust the audio and display brightness. However, if you need more precise controls, it’s easy to do so.

Function keys

Just in case you’re not familiar with the function keys, here’s a quick primer:

° Press the brightness keys (F1, F2) to increase or decrease the brightness of the screen.

Brightness and Volume keys
Brightness and Volume keys

° Press F10 to mute the sound from the built-in speakers or 3.5 mm headphone jack.

° Press F11 or F12 to increase or decrease the volume of sound from the built-in speakers or 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Extra functionality

If you want to make more precise adjustments, hold down the Option and Shift keys together on your keyboard. Press the volume or brightness controls.

Optiion + Shift + Brightness
Optiion + Shift + Brightness

You’ll see an onscreen indicator that move forwards and backwards in smaller increments (four over each segment).

Mac keyboard keys
Mac keyboard keys
Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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