How to Connect Speakers to a Laptop

You may want to attach some external speakers to your Windows laptop if you plan on watching movies or TV shows. External speakers can help the sound quality and enhance your viewing experience.

1Attach speakers to your laptop by plugging them into the appropriate connection on your CPU, laptop, or monitor.

This is often labeled with a little megaphone or speaker symbol.

2From the Desktop, press Win+I.

Click Control Panel in the top of the Settings panel.

3Click Hardware and Sound; then click the Manage Audio Devices link.

This is located under the Sound category.

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4In the resulting Sound dialog box, double-click the Speakers item.

Click the Properties button.

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5In the resulting Speakers Properties dialog box, click the Levels tab, and then use the Speakers/Headphone slider to adjust the speaker volume.

If you see a small red X on the speaker button, click it to activate the speakers.

6Click the Balance button.

In the resulting Balance dialog box, use the L(eft) and R(ight) sliders to adjust the balance of sounds between the two speakers.

7Click OK three times to close all the open dialog boxes and save the new settings.

If you use your laptop to make or receive phone calls, check out the Communications tab of the Sound dialog box. Here you can make a setting to have Windows automatically adjust sounds to minimize background noise.