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Computer Headsets: How to switch headset to my regular speakers

Article ID : 000001215

How may I go from the headset to my regular speakers without disconnecting the headset?


NOTE: For analogue headsets you will need to un-plug the headset and re-plug the speakers. Unless you have 2 sound cards in your computer there will be no other option without purchasing the Plantronics Audio Switcher. After inserting the Plantronics USB adapter, wait for Windows to finish installing the device drivers. Please click on the Start button down the bottom left and then click on Control Panel. For Windows 2000 / XP: Click "Sounds and Audio devices", then click the Audio tab to see your current audio device settings. The hardware that you chose in "Sound Playback" and/or "Sound Recorder" will then be the default audio devices for windows. Any program where you have not manually changed the Audio settings will use this option. For Windows Vista:
  1. Click "Sound".
  2. You will now be in the "Playback" tab.
  3. Please click on the hardware you wish to use to high light it and then click on the "Set Default" button at the bottom of the window. You should now see a green tick next to the desired device.
  4. Please now click on the "Properties" button at the bottom and then the levels tab
  5. Please now set the volume to between 50 and 70% as a good starting point.
  6. Lastly please make sure that the mute button on the right does not have a red highlight on it. If it does please click on it to toggle it back to a blue highlight.
  7. Press ok to close the properties window.
Click the "Recording" tab and follow the above steps again if you wish to choose a different recording device. NOTE: This being done, your computer is not likely to change these settings for you even if you un-plug and re-plug the headset. If you then wish to set your computer back to using the headset please follow these instructions again and set the headset back as the default device. If you only ever use the headset for certain programs there is one more step you could take. For the programs you use the headset for, if you are capable of manually choosing the headset for those programs you will be able to do this. In the relevant programs please set them to use the headset and set u the volume level accordingly. These programs will now permanently use the headset regardless of what the Windows default audio devices are. This then means you can follow the steps above, set your computer speakers as the default, and for all other programs the sound will then come from the speakers as you wish.

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