15-02-2013 01:19 - edited 15-02-2013 01:21
This is not really a solution, just a horrible work around. Obviously adjusting the main volume of your computer is not the same thing as adjusting just the Skype volume, as adjusting only Skype would allow you to make it softer so that you can hear other applications. However, if you get the other person on the call to adjust their microphone, you can leave the rest of your applications at the same volume level. This is usually practical, because although many applications produce sound, in most cases you will not have multiple applications attempting to detect sound. So if each person adjusts their microphone to the other party's needs, an appropriate volume can likely be found for everyone without interfering with the volumes of other apps.
The problem is that there is no microphone volume option in Skype either. But, if you right click the sound icon in your taskbar, select recording devices, choose the device in question, select properties, and go to the levels tab, you can adjust the volume of the microphone.
Obviously, a MUCH better option would just be to avoid Skype altogether, as Microsoft has pretty much murdered it. You should not have to make the other party jump through hoops to adjust your own volume when something as simple as a volume slider could be easily incorporated, but Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, tends to disagree. So if for some reason you are unable to avoid using this wretched program, at least you can get around some of the pointless limitations Microsoft has added to it. Hope this is helpful.
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You are right in what you've said. I am at this point looking into better alternatives to skype. I'm really just hoping skype does an update soon and brings back the Volume controls. The new version is not customizable at all. It's incredibly frustrating. I miss all the settings. Please Skype programers, if you can hear me now, fix this. At the very least give us back the volume button!
I am amazed that the "modern" Skype STILL doesn't have volume controls after more than a year. It is ridiculous to think that an app in which audio is one of the most significant features is unable to adjust the volume of said audio. It's almost as if Microsoft is discouraging multitasking. How can you have a computing platform without multitasking?