Alias Command

In general, the chime upon startup of my Macbook Pro is welcome. However, there are those times that Id rather much rather boot up in silence, such as a meeting or other relatively quiet event. Ive found myself in that situation more times that one would expect and needed a way to work around this. Applescript is one approach.

What follows are two short applescripts, one to mute the volume on shutdown/restart, and one to reset the volume at bootup. I run the first script when I want to shutdown my machine (in place of using the system menus to accomplish the same).

tell application "Finder"
  display dialog "What would you like to do?" buttons
      {"Shutdown", "Restart", "Cancel"}
      default button "Shutdown" with icon caution
  if button returned of result is "Shutdown" then
    set volume 0
    shut down
  else if button returned of result is "Restart" then
    set volume 0
    restart
  end if
end tell

I saved the code as an application with the name ShutdownScript, and set the Run Only option. I then placed this application in the Dock. When run, the dialog below is shown:

The code to set the volume at boot time is all of one line:

set volume 5

As before, I saved this as an application and this time I added it to the login items so it is run whenever I boot my system.

You can also change the icon that appears by replacing to caution to either note or stop. The results are shown below:

With these short scripts, you can now boot up in silence.

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