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Chapter 15. Using Excel’s Speech and Han... > Checking Your Sound System

Checking Your Sound System

Before you install the speech recognition feature, you should make sure your sound system is working properly. Follow these steps to test your computer’s sound system in Windows:

Double-click the Volume icon in the Windows taskbar. (The Volume icon is in the lower-right corner of your screen; it looks like a speaker.) This icon opens the Volume Control window.

Open the Options menu and click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 15.2.

Figure 15.2. Turn on the volume controls for all your audio devices.

In the Show the Following Volume Controls list, make sure all the check boxes (except the one next to PC Speaker) are checked. If a check box is blank, click it to place a check in the box.

Click OK to return to the Volume Control window, as shown in Figure 15.3.

Figure 15.3. Make sure no volume control is muted and that all are turned up at least halfway.

At the bottom of each volume control is a Mute option. Make sure the Mute check boxes are blank, NOT checked. If a Mute check box has a check mark in it, click the check box to remove the check mark.

Drag the Microphone volume control slider to the top to maximize the microphone volume.

Click the Close (X) button, in the upper-right corner of the Volume Control window, to save your settings and close the window.



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