Your Mac has multiple audio inputs and outputs. If you’re using more than one, you may find it inconvenient to launch System Preferences just to select a new input or output. Use the volume item in your Mac’s menu bar instead. Here’s how.
Changing Audio In or Out
- Hold down the option key and click the ‘Volume’ icon (the little speaker) in your Mac’s menu bar.
- A list of your Mac’s audio inputs and audio outputs will display.
- Click the input or output you wish to use, and the change will be made.
If you don’t see the ‘Volume’ icon in your menu bar, you can enable it by doing the following.
Enable the Volume Control in the Menu bar
- Launch System Preferences by clicking the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the dock, or selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu.
- Click the ‘Sound’ preference pane in the System Preferences window.
- Place a check mark next to the ‘Show volume in menu bar’ item.
- Close System Preferences.
Changing the audio in or out is now just an option-click away.