A friend of mine who made the switch to Windows 7 recently called me the other day. He mentioned that he was experiencing a strange system volume issue whenever telephone calls where made on the system.
The volume of all other programs (and their sound) on the system was automatically adjusted whenever calls where placed or received. He first thought that it was a issue in Skype, but could not find a configuration setting responsible for this behavior.
While that may not be a big issue most of the time, it can be one if Skype is being used for communication during other activities on the system. If you play games and communicate with friends over Skype, you may not want the volume to be tuned down automatically.
I on the other hand knew that it was a new feature of the Windows 7 operating system and not related to any voip software installed on the system.
Windows 7 will automatically adjust the volume of all sounds on the system whenever telephone calls are made.
Here is how you configure the communication volume under Windows 7. For that, you need to open the Windows Control Panel.
It reads: Windows can automatically adjust the volume of different sounds when you are using your PC to place or receive telephone calls.
Four options are available on that screen:
If you do not want the automatic volume adjustment you need to select Do nothing from the selection menu. The three remaining options either mute all other sounds completely or to a certain extent.
Click on the apply button after you have made the selection. If you have selected do nothing you should not experience any more automatic volume adjustments when placing or receiving phone calls on the system.
Tip: Microsoft included the same feature in newer versions of Windows such as Windows 8 or Windows 10. Just type "sound" in the Start Menu search box and select the Sound Control Panel applet to make the adjustments on newer versions of Windows as well.
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