How to Change From a Built-In Microphone to a Headset Microphone
By Ruri Ranbe
Most notebooks and netbooks manufactured in recent years come with both an onboard sound card -- a device that enables the computer to process audio signals -- and a built-in microphone connected to the card. Like most hardware integrated into the computer, however, built-in microphones often come up short in terms of performance when compared to an external headset microphone. To make it easier for clients to hear you when participating in video chat, or to create promotional or instructional videos with high-quality sound, switch the audio recorder to an external mic.
Connect your headset to your computer, either directly via a plug inserted into the microphone port, or via Bluetooth.
Click Start, type "sound" into the search box and then select "Sound" or "Change Sound Card Settings" from the results.
Click the "Recording" tab. Select your headset and then click "Set Default."
Click "OK" to switch your microphone from the built-in device to the headset.
Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.