For as long as I can remember using a Mac, and it has varied a bit with different Mac models, there’s always been the startup chime.
That’s the sound your Mac makes when it starts up. The chime is there for a good reason, too. The Mac runs a few diagnostic tests at startup, and if there are no basic problems, you’ll hear the chime. What if you don’t want to hear it?
Goodbye, Mr. Chime
The Mac’s actual startup chime has changed through the years, depending upon which Mac you own or have owned.
The latest chime started in 1999 on the iMac G3. The chime is an F-sharp major chord. Apple thinks so highly of the recognizable chime that it’s also a registered trademark.
What if you don’t want the Mac to make the startup chime when it starts up?
Enter the Silent Start utility. It does one thing and one thing only. It stops the startup chime.
There’s nothing to configure, nothing to worry about. Just run Silent Start on your Mac and the Mac won’t make the chime sound when it starts up.*
Some of us prefer a quiet environment, whether at home or work, and a Mac’s startup chime can disrupt that quiet (easily irritated boss, easily irritated parent, easily irritated child, easily irritated co-worker or roommate; you get the idea).
So, use Silent Start and understand what silence is really all about. Stop using Silent Start and whatever volume your Mac used before is restored. The utility resides in the Mac’s Menubar, works in the background, and is easily changed.
* There is one caveat. If your Mac has headphones or external speakers plugged in, Silent Start won’t be able to silence the Mac chime in either. It’s more of a public silencer.