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Computer Headsets: How to set the default headset for my computer

How do I make the my headset the default audio device for my computer?

Procedure

 

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Sounds and Audio Devices. Note: Depending on your Control Panel configuration, you may first have to click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.
  3. Click the Audio tab.
  4. Under Sound Playback and Sound Recording, select your headset as the default device from the drop-down lists.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound in Windows Vista or Sound in Windows 7.
  3. Under the Sound tab, click Manage Audio Devices.
  4. On the Playback tab, click your headset, and then click the Set Defaultbutton.
  5. On the Recording tab, click your headset, and then click the Set Defaultbutton.
  6. Click OK to save your changes. 
Windows 8:
  1. Navigate to the desktop screen by hitting either the Windows key or the Desktop tile.
  2. Open the Charms bar by moving your mouse to the right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Go to Settings Control Panel Sound
  4. Select your headset and click the Set Default button.

Mac:

  1. Open the System Preferences.
  2. Click the Sound icon.
  3. Click the Input tab, and then click your headset.
  4. Click the Output tab, and then click your headset.

Notes:

  • You may need to close re-open your audio program in order for the changes to take effect.
  • In some cases, the headset is not identified by name in the list of devices. For example, you may see Plantronics USB Headset instead of .Audio 480.Sometimes the headset is listed as a generic audio device, such as Generic USB Device or USB Audio Device.
  • If you do not hear audio in your headset while you are in your media or other application, you may need to make the headset the default audio device within that application. Refer to user documentation for that application for specific instructions.