I sometimes want to increase the output volume on my laptop beyond 100 %. In order to do so I need to open "Sound" in "System Settings". I would like to set a keyboard shortcut to do that. I found out that I can set a custum shortcut in System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts with the command "gnome-control-center sound", which will bring up "Sound". So far that works well, but there is a little optimization that I would like but cannot figure out. The problem is this: When I use the shortcut to open "Sound", the focus is not on "Output volume". So before I can modify the output volume with the arrow keys, I need to either click on output volume or hit the Tab key five times, thus moving the focus to output volume. My question is this: Is there something that I can add to the command "gnome-control-center sound" so that the focus is moved to "Output volume" automatically, for example something equivalent to "hit Tab key five times"?

Thanks in advance for your help! Wolfhart


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Answers to your question exist here:

How can I reach over 100% volume with a keyboard shortcut?

Personally I prefer this way:

Open the sound settings and with sound settings opened , open also a terminal.

Then try the command below

pacmd set-sink-volume 0 80000

Probably you will see the sound increased further than 100%. Use other values than 80000 until find what serves you.

Now create the shortcuts that you need.

  • Thanks for the prompt reply! I had missed the other post. Since I don't want to set the volume to a fixed value but increase it gradually I used the command pactl set-sink-volume 0 +10% (mentioned in one of the replies to the other post) for my shortcut. What took me a little while was to find the corresponding command to decrease the volume. Simply changing plus into minus does not work, two extra dashes are needed: pactl -- set-sink-volume 0 -10%
    – Wolfhart
    Feb 10, 2013 at 3:10

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