I leave my computer on all night. Sometimes I leave
the monitors on and sometimes I leave the sound on. The monitors
turn off thanks to power saving features but the sound does not
and the result is I'm often hearing odd sound effects and notifications
deep into the night yet I'm too lazy to get up and turn the sound
The solution? Let Smart Mute automatically detect
when you've stopped using your computer and mute the volume for
Enable Smart Mute - this must be checked if you want to
use Smart Mute.
Idle time before changing volume - What is idle time? This means
how long your computer has gone without being used. Use is measured
by mouse movement or hitting a key. It's possible Smart Mute will
get confused while playing a joystick/gamepad only game and mute
at the worst possible time so keep this mind.
About mouse movement: Toolfish uses an advanced mouse movement
detection algorithm that will allow very small mouse movements to
be ignored. This way a train going by that causes the mouse to move
one pixel by itself and such won't trick Smart Mute into thinking
you're still there.
Idle Volume: It's possible instead of muting you just want
to turn down the volume, set it here.
After the volume is changed by smart mute, any mouse or keyboard
activity will cause the volume to instantly go back to whatever
it was when the mute occurred.
It's also possible to turn down your volume and Smart Mute actually
turn UP the volume after a period of inactivity. Maybe to sound
the alarm when you stop working or something? :)
Note: If you want to see how
Smart Mute works, just set the inactivity time to 3 seconds and
turn some music on.