How to Use a Microphone on a Laptop

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Do you have a laptop computer and would like to be able to use a microphone to speak to people from your computer? With the advancements in electronics, this is actually a very simple procedure. Here are some quick instructions on installing an external microphone to your laptop. You will be talking to your friends or business associates from the convenience of your laptop in no time.


How to install an external microphone on your Laptop Computer

Step 1

Connect your microphone to the external output jack on the side of your laptop. Turn on your computer and open up the control panel.

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Step 2

Check to make sure your have the right driver device for your microphone according to the manufacturers specifications. If you do not see the correct driver, download the driver device from the manufacturer.

Step 3

Click on the type of external microphone you have in the Control Panel of your computer. If it is not recognized, click on default microphone and highlight external microphone.


Step 4

Verify that the sound card is compatible with your external microphone. Check the volume control on the computer and make sure your microphone is turned on.

Step 5

You have now installed an external microphone and should be able to speak with your friends without any problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop Computer

  • External Microphone

  • Internet Access