How to set up and test microphones in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

  • To install a new microphone, follow these steps: 
    • Right-click (or press and hold) the volume icon on the taskbar and select Sounds

    • In the Recording tab, select the microphone or recording device you'd like to set up. Select Configure.

    • Select Set up microphone, and follow the steps of the Microphone Setup Wizard.

  • To test a microphone that has already been installed:
    • Right-click (or press and hold) the volume icon on the taskbar and select Sounds.

    • In the Recording tab, look for green bars rising as you speak into your recording device. If the bars are moving, your device is connected and working properly. 

  • If your recording device isn't working, you may need to update your drivers
  • To enable and customize the microphone for Cortana, select Start Settings   > Cortana > Talk to Cortana > Microphone