How to Use the Built-in Camera on a Toshiba Laptop
By Jason Taetsch
Like many laptops today, Toshiba laptops come equipped with a built-in webcam so that you can record video straight to your hard drive, take still pictures or video chat with another person or group. The software you need to use the webcam comes preinstalled with your computer. Use this Toshiba webcam utility to control the different functions of the webcam. The controls are straightforward, and a few shorts steps will have you recording video in no time.
Click the "Start" button and point the cursor to the "All Programs" entry in the menu that appears.
Click the "Toshiba" folder in the "All Programs" list. Double-click the "Utilities" folder, and click the "Webcam Application" option. This will launch the webcam interface.
Click the "Camera" icon to open a window displaying the image from the webcam.
Click the "Video Camera" icon to begin recording a video. Click the "Stop" button to end the recording. Alternately, you can click the "Camera" icon to take a still image from the camera.
Click the "Tools" icon, which resembles a wrench, to adjust the settings for the camera.
To use the camera for video conferencing, simply open a software program such as Skype or Google video chat. The software will automatically launch the laptop's webcam.
Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."