How to Make a Headset the Main Microphone on a Laptop

By Ryan Menezes

Headsets, unlike laptop mics, are customized for Web voice calls.
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Many laptops include internal microphones that pick up sounds from all directions. If you have no other microphone, you may find the laptop's own mic useful to conference with clients online or to record your voice for videos. But if your headset includes a microphone, you should set it as your primary recording device. The headset mic, close you mouth, picks up your voice better than the laptop microphone, and its windscreen helps block unwanted noise.

Click the Start button in the screen's lower left corner.

Type "Sound" in the Start menu's search bar and click "Sound" in the search results to open the Sound dialog box.

Click the dialog box's "Recording" tab to open a list of your laptop's microphones.

Click the entry for your headset microphone and click "Set Default."