Windows 8 Microphone Settings
Updated June 10, 2020
1: Learn how to check if your microphone is correctly configured, and fix the settings if it isn’t.
Follow the steps below to see what went wrong:
Step 1: Take the cursor to the top-right corner of your desktop screen. A menu will appear. Click Settings on the menu as shown in the image below.
Step 2: The Settings menu will appear. Click Control Panel.
Step 3: Click Hardware and Sound
Step 4: Under Sound click Manage Audio Devices.
Step 5: Click the Recording tab.
Step 6: The list of recording devices will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and look for green bars rising while you talk (see screenshot).
- If the green bars are rising while you are speaking that means your microphone is properly configured (what to do if my microphone still isn’t working, even though you say it’s properly configured?)
- If the green bars are not rising while you are speaking into the mic, keep following the instructions.
Step 7: Check if you can recognize which one of the devices in the list is your microphone. Click on the relevant device to highlight it, and then click Set Default.
Step 8: Double-click on the device from the list. The Microphone Properties window will appear. Click the Levels tab.
Step 9: Drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number ’100′ is displayed beside it.
- Click OK.
Step 10: Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured. If you tried following this procedure for all the devices but still don’t see any green bars, click here
2: What To Do If You Did See Green Bars Moving But Your Microphone Still Isn’t Working In Some Program
If you saw green bars moving then that means that the mic definitely works and is being picked up by Windows. To verify that, you can test your mic on our home page. The problem is now with the settings of the specific program - it might be listening to the wrong microphone, or perhaps its input volume is too low.
Try tinkering with the program's settings, and if you can't get it to work, contact the program developers' support team.
3: What To Do If You Don’t See The Green Bars Rising On Any Of The Devices?
Step 1: Right click inside the Recording tab (Steps 1-4). A menu will appear. Click and select the Show Disabled Devices option.