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Skype – How to prevent sound from being lowered during a call

Posted in Audio, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Sirusdark

You may have noticed that when you make a call or answer one in Skype, your global Windows sound may lowered in order let you to hear the call better. Often, this behavior may not be desirable. So here’s how to modify the default settings!

Windows, not Skype

First of all, you must understand that it’s NOT Skype that’s turning down da volume, it’s actually Windows: it detects conferencing/phone call applications (aka Skype) and reduces the overall volume when one is used. This can sometimes messed up online videos volume, live/streaming video feeds volume, etc. which may require a browser restart to get the volume back to normal. That’s just one of the numerous reasons you may not want this behavior.

Windows Sound Settings

Here’s where you can change the settings to fit your specific usage:

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Communications tab

Windows Skype Sound



Skype – How to fix Japanese characters in Skype

Posted in Software with tags , , , , on March 9, 2014 by Sirusdark

Skype LogoIf for some reason your Japanese characters (kana and kanji) are not displayed in Skype when you chat, here’s an easy fix. It should work for most Windows OS (XP, 7, 8):

Change Skype’s font

1. Sign in your Skype account.
2. Go in Tools > Options
3. Click IM & SMS and select IM appearance.
4. Click Change font.

It possible that the Tahoma and/or Arial font won’t display Japanese characters properly. Try using the font “meiryo“: kana and kanji characters should be displayed again.