How to Mute Your Mac's Startup Sound

  Matt Cone       May 24, 2007      Tutorials Mac Hardware

If you have a Mac, you’re probably tired of hearing the familiar startup chime every time you turn your Mac on. Maybe you have a baby in the house that you don’t want to disturb. Or perhaps you just want your MacBook to be quiet when you turn it on in the coffee shop. Unfortunately, not every Mac allows you to turn that stupid startup sound off. It can be the bane of your existence! That is, until you discover the wonderful and free StartupSound.prefPane.

This little thing plugs right into your Mac’s System Preferences and allows you control the volume of the startup sound. We’ll show you how to use StartupSound.prefPane to mute your startup sound once and for all.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. If you haven’t already, download StartupSound.prefPane. The newest version requires Mac OS 10.4 or later, and it works with both Intel and PPC Macs.

  2. Double-click StartupSoundPrefPane.pkg to start installing.

    Mute your Mac’s startup sound

  3. The Installer application will walk you through the installation process.

    Mute your Mac’s startup sound

  4. After you’ve successfully installed StartupSoundPrefPane, select System Preferences from the Apple menu. Select Startup Sound.

    Mute your Mac’s startup sound

  5. Move the slider to adjust your Mac’s startup sound volume, or select the Mute checkbox to turn the sound off completely.

    Mute your Mac’s startup sound

That’s it! Your Mac’s startup sound won’t strike again. (Unless you turn it back on again. But who would want to do that?!)

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