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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
In Windows 7, you have full control over the sounds that you hear coming from your computer or the sounds going into your computer. That's what we're going to explore in this lesson. Notice here, in Control panel, we have a whole category dedicated to Hardware and Sound. So if we click this category, we'll find the Sound subcategory for adjusting our system volume, changing system sounds, the actual sounds that we hear when things happen on our screen. Even audio devices like microphones and speakers can be adjusted from here.
But we don't need the Control panel to get to all of these settings. We can close this up and down on the bottom right-hand corner on the taskbar you probably noticed that little speaker icon. As you hover over it with your mouse, you'll notice the current setting for me, it's 100%. To change that, click the speaker icon and you will see the slider for adjusting your master volume. So as we drag it down you can hear that little beep, getting fainter and fainter. That's one of the system sounds, as we move it all the way up to the top, to 100, you hear that beep nice and loud.
We can also mute all sounds, choose Mute Speakers by clicking the speaker icon. It's a toggle button, the No sign now appears on the button itself, as well as on your taskbar, just to remind you that everything is muted. If you're wondering while you're playing a movie at lynda.com and you can't hear it, you might have your speakers muted. So we can unmute by clicking the same button and we can have further control by accessing the Mixer. So let's click the Mixer. Now depending on what applications you have opened, you may see different things from me.
Right on the left-hand side is our master volume. That's what we saw by clicking the speaker icon on the taskbar and we can adjust it from here. Notice it'll affect anything else that's running over on the right-hand side, nothing can be louder than the master volume. But individual items can be adjusted, if you don't like hearing that ding, you can move this a little further down so it's faint, move it up to make it louder. Now as you open up other applications, they will appear here as well. Let's go down to our Exercise Files, if you have got them and in the 06_03, sub-folder of Chapter 06, you'll find one called FinalSong.
Now this is going to open by default using the Windows Media Player, we can click Play or just double-click it and as it opens up, it starts to play. Let's just click Pause, so you can hear what I'm saying and we will switch back to our Mixer. Notice it now appears on the list Windows Media Player. We can adjust it as well. We can also choose to play our music and mute out other things like System Sounds. That's the beauty of using the Mixer. Now the System Sounds themselves can be altered as well.
So when you hear that Windows ding, when you click something that you can't click, for example, or when you start up Windows and you hear that music, all of those things can be controlled as well. So let's go to the Close button and close up the Mixer and go back down to the speaker. Again, we can access this from Control panel, but a shortcut, right-click the speaker and you're going to see there is the Volume Mixer again, but we also have three items grouped together: Playback devices, Recording devices and Sounds.
And all three of these appear in the same place. So it doesn't matter what you choose here. But if you want to go directly to your System Sounds, click Sounds. So this opens up the Sound window and you can see those different tabs: Playback, Recording, Sounds and a new one to Window 7 called Communications. Let's just start with our Sounds though. You can see the scheme being used by default is the Windows Default scheme and down below, you'll see each of the sounds that are being used for each of those items. For example, let's say you got a new fax.
Click New Fax Notification and down below you'll see it's the Windows Notify sound that plays. And if you want to hear that, click the Test button. Your Mail Notification uses the exact same sound. So if you wanted to change that, so you knew the difference, click this button and choose something else. Now, you can choose from some of the window sounds that have actual information, next to them as to what event is taking place or you can scroll up, you will find things like chimes, for example.
You can test that, a little bit different than the fax notification. Notice the speaker turned yellow, indicating this has been modified. Also, the word modified appears, next, to our Windows Default scheme. I have made a change and if I want to save this as my own scheme, I could use the Save As button. The other thing you can do is browse for your own wav files. In this case, you'll need an actual wav sound. So a sound that ends with .wav and you can use your own sounds for any of the things that are happening here in Windows 7.
For example, the Default Beep is a Windows ding. You could browse to your own and make it your own. Now let's go up to Playback. Here, you'll see Speakers, mine are high definition audio speakers, also Headphones and a Digital Audio device all selected here. All can be configured, if for example, I want to go to my Speakers, I can adjust the Properties of those speakers, Change the Icon. Notice the Jack Information. We can get very technical with our sound devices.
Let's click Cancel and go up to Recording. And here you can see I am using the Line In. It has the checkmark and as I'm speaking, you can actually see the sound level that is appearing on the right-hand side. Now here is the new one, Communications. A lot of people these days are using their computers to place telephone calls or receive telephone calls. So when that happens, you can set up default occurrences. For example, I want everything muted when I receive a call. So if I am playing music, it automatically gets muted, the system sounds they get muted, anything that's opened, muted by default.
If you prefer just to reduce the volume, you can choose Reduce the volume of other sounds by 80% or do absolutely nothing. So lots of options here, when you receive a phone call or place a telephone call using your computer. I am going to choose Mute all other sounds and click Apply. So I'll have silence when I am using my computer as a telephone. Click OK and that closes it up. I'll just close up our other Windows here, including the Windows Media Player to return to the desktop.
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