Configuring your Headset in the
Windows Control Panel
(Primarily for Narrating Powerpoint Presentations)
Depending on your computer you may have multiple audio in microphones and audio out speakers. Laptops in particularly typically have a built in microphone and built in speakers. Some auxiliary webcams have built in microphones. Then there is your headset, it is a microphone and speaker system as well. If you are using Scopia, Communicator (Lync), or Camtasia you can actually set your default microphone INSIDE the application. However, if you are narrating Powerpoint presentations you will need to set your default microphone in Windows first and Powerpoint (being a particularly dumb audio program) simply reads whatever the default is from Windows. This is how you do it.
BEFORE you bring up powerpoint, click the Microsoft start button (the Microsoft circle in the lower left corner of your screen) and click on Control Panel. If the window looks like this click in the circle and switch to either large or small icons.
If you selected small icons your screen will look like this: Click “Sounds”.
Make sure the “Playback” tab is selected. You should see your headphones as a choice. . Notice that mine says Logitech Wireless Headset. On occasion though it may not name it correctly. To make sure you know which one is the right one, roll the mouse over each choice and RIGHT click then click “Test”. You will see which one is THAT speaker by seeing the tone scale rise up. You will also hear it through those speakers. Put your headset on and keep trying until you hear the tones through the headset. Take the headset off to make sure you are not hearing them around the headset but actually through the headset. Look for the green circle checkmark. The speakers you want should be checked. If they are not, right click the one you want again and click “Set as Default Device”. The checkmark will move to that device.
Now click the “Recording” tab. Try to find the microphone corresponding to the headset. Again it may state it directly or it may not. Talk through the microphone and you will see the sound bar elevate showing which one is the active mic. TRICK: scratch your microphone with your fingernail and it should register in the tone bar. That will be the only mic capable of hearing the scratch so you will be able to easily verify which is the icon corresponding to the headset microphone. Right click the device and click “Set as Default Device”. Then click OK to exit.
Now go into Powerpoint and try narrating a slide or two. Hit the ESC key, click on the slide you just narrated and hit the full screen mode to listen if you hear it (NOTE: you will hear it through your headset since you set Playback to go through the headset). I strongly recommend you try scratching your mic with your fingernail when recording your test powerpoint. If you hear that scratch you know that your headset mic is the active one. Start at the beginning slide and record your Powerpoint.
One last point: Some headsets have a mic mute button on the headset. The Logitech headsets show a red light in the microphone if the headset is muted using the headset switch. You will obviously need to unmute the microphone before any sound can be recorded or heard through it. It is YOUR responsibility to find where that switch is on your headset. On some, it is actually an icon on the earpiece of the headset itself. If you push that icon the red light should disappear (or appear if it was unmuted before). Make sure the red light is OFF before attempting to configure your headset. On other headsets it may be a button down the wire connecting the USB port. Finally certain headsets may not have a mute button at all.