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How do I set my Microphone for "Push-to-talk" in Windows 7?

Not really a lot else to say, I just get fed up of CTDing because it's conflicting with the games settings.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Hello Zole,

    First, what kind of microphone do you have? Does it have a button built into it? Is it a headset? Is it built in to your laptop?
  2. Retrowire said:
    Hello Zole,

    First, what kind of microphone do you have? Does it have a button built into it? Is it a headset? Is it built in to your laptop?


    Built into my Dell XPS Laptop & has no button to push. I was hoping to map it to the keyboard.
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    Alright. So it's a built in laptop microphone. No problem, there are solutions for this.

    If you're gaming through Steam, you can actually use Steam itself to set this up.

    Just click "Steam" at the top of the "Steam" browser, then click "Settings" and "Voice."

    THEN, click the "Change Device" button. Select "Microphone" and click "OK, I'm Finished Changing Settings."

    AND THEN, click the "Test Microphone" button and make some noise. Adjust the sliders for the outgoing and incoming microphone volume to get the level of volume you prefer, moving the slider to the right makes the volume louder. Click "Stop Microphone Test" when you're done.

    After the testing, you can set that push button feature you want. Click "Use a Push-to-Talk Key to Transmit Voice" to enable the microphone only while you are holding down the transmit key. The default is "v" I think, if you want to change it just click "Push-to-Talk Key" and press the key you want to use. Click "Ok" to exit the setup.

    However! If you're not gaming through Steam, then there are other solutions.

    I used to use a program known as Teamspeak at http://www.teamspeak.com/ to set this kind of thing up.

    There's also the fully free, open source Mumble that I've heard great things about here: http://mumble.sourceforge.net/

    And finally, there's Ventrilo here: http://www.ventrilo.com/

    All of these programs have settings to initiate a push button setting for speaking over the internet. I hope one of these helps. If you're still having problems though, feel free to elaborate further.
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