How to Connect External Speakers in Windows 10

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How to Connect External Speakers in Windows 10
For Dummies

How to Connect External Speakers in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone from Windows 10 For Dummies

To accommodate a variety of speaker setups, Windows 10 includes a speaker
setup area, complete with a speaker test. Most PCs come with only two
speakers. Others come with four, and PCs that double as home theaters or
gaming rigs sometimes have up to eight.

If you’re installing new speakers or you’re not sure your old ones are
working, follow these steps to introduce them properly to Windows:

From the desktop, right-click your taskbar’s Speaker icon and choose
Playback Devices.

The Sound window appears.

Click (don’t double-click) your speaker’s icon and then click the
Configure button.

Click the speaker’s icon with the green check mark, because that’s the
device your computer uses for playing sound. The Speaker Setup dialog box

Click the Advanced tab, then click the Test button (as shown here), adjust

your speaker’s settings, and click Next.

Click the Test button to hear your speakers one at a time.

Windows walks you through selecting your number of speakers and their
placement and then plays each one in turn so that you can hear whether
in the correct locations.

Click the tabs for any other sound devices you want to adjust. When you’re
through adjusting, click OK.

While you’re here, check your microphone volume by clicking the Recording
as well as tabs for any other sound gadgetry you’ve been able to afford.

If your speakers and microphone don’t show up as devices, Windows doesn’t
know they’re plugged into your computer. That usually means you need to
install a new driver.

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