Below we offer several options for testing a microphone using various tools.
This is a universal, most convenient and fastest way, the description of which is here.
To use it you need to click on Start menu button, which is located in the lower left corner of the screen, and then click on Settings menu item.
Select System section.
Next, you need Sound tab, which is in the list on the left. Click on it.
On the right side of the window, you can see information about all your sound devices.
Scroll down and find Input section.
If selected device is working correctly, you will see a scale showing intensity of sound coming into a microphone.
Using Device manager, you can make sure that audio input device is found in your system and can be used.
There are several ways to get into Device manager:
In the appeared window, in search result, select Device manager.
In some situations, depending on version of Windows, there is no search bar, so you can use another way.
Window will open with a long list of categories of devices that computer has. Find Audio inputs and outputs. Expand this category.
If device is connected and installed properly, you will see a picture like in the screenshot below.
In case of any problems, a yellow exclamation mark may appear next to the device name, which indicates issues in use or absence of special software for device.
To use Skype to check microphone, you need:
If selected microphone works correctly, you will see changes on the scale, which will respond to your actions with a microphone.