How to Change Microphone Settings

Many PCs come with microphone jacks pre-installed, and some laptops even feature built-in microphones. With increased global Internet usage, microphones are becoming a greater necessity for usage with webcams, podcasts and other web-based media. According to the Associated Press, such microphone-dependant activities are on the rise, with over 100 million users registered on the popular Skype service (see Resources). While hooking up a microphone to most computers is pretty self-explanatory, the process for fine-tuning the mic settings is not as straightforward. The process doesn't have to be a mystery if you know where to click on your computer; in just a few steps, you can change your microphone's settings.

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Microphone

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Right-click on the "Audio Settings" icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your main desktop screen. The icon features a white speaker symbol.

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Audio Settings Menu
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Audio Settings: Recording Devices

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Click to select "Recording Devices" from the listing of Audio Settings options. This will bring up a new window showing all microphones currently installed on your computer.

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Audio Settings: Recording Devices

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Click on the microphone that you want to adjust.

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Microphone Properties: General Tab

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Click on the button labeled "Properties" after you've selected the appropriate microphone. By default, this will open a Properties window set to the "General" tab.

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Microphone Properties: Levels Tab

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Click on the "Levels" tab. From this tab, you can click and drag the slider to change the recording levels.

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Microphone Properties: Advanced Tab

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Click on the "Advanced" tab to access all the other microphone settings. From the Advanced tab, you can click a drop-down menu for changing the format settings, and you can also adjust some software settings related to the microphone.

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Click "OK" to confirm any changed made.