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How to Stop Skype From Lowering the Volume of Everything Else
This happens because Windows detects incoming Skype calls as communications activity.
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April 7, 2017
9:12 am
Phoenix, AZ

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This has been bugging me at work for some time now so now having just moved over to a new laptop I thought I'd google this annoyance.  I'd rather my music not get lowered when a call comes in thank you very much.  Giving credit where credit is due, I found the info at http://smallbusiness.chron.com.....74259.html by Naomi Bolton.

Depending on your Windows settings, the volume of any application or game that is running when you receive a Skype call is automatically reduced by up to 50%. In some instances, the volume settings do not return to previous levels after the call ends, which can be a nuisance. This happens because Windows detects incoming Skype calls as communications activity. If you prefer that your volume remains the same during a Skype session, adjust the settings from the communications tab of your Windows sound properties.

1. Switch to the Windows (X) desktop mode and right-click or press and hold the speaker icon on the taskbar.

2. Select "Sounds" from the context menu and then choose the "Communications" tab.

3. Select the "Do nothing" radio button to prevent other sounds on your computer from being lowered during Skype calls.

4. Select "Apply" and then choose "OK" to commit to the changes.

Good stuff, as I used to just leave the sound mixer open and turn my volume up manually after a call was initiated.  I should point out, mine was not set to 50% reduction, but 80%.

Have a great day!


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