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TeamSpeak 3: Settings


Starting The Application/ Settings 

There are two parts to operating TeamSpeak 3, starting the application/setting up, and connecting with a voice server.


  • Click the TeamSpeak 3 icon to start the application. The TeamSpeak 3 program will display as such.

  • In the TeamSpeak 3 application, click Connections > Connect

The TeamSpeak 3 Setup Wizard launches. The wizard will help get you ready to use TeamSpeak 3. It is a good idea to go through the wizard, which oversees: Choosing your TS3 Nickname.

  1. Deciding whether to use Voice Activation or Push-to-Talk to activate your microphone
  2. Testing your microphone
  3. Programming keyboard keys to use when running TeamSpeak 3

Seasoned TeamSpeak users can exit the TeamSpeak 3 wizard by pressing the Esc key, however, the wizard is short and it is a good idea to simply go through it if it’s your first time using TS3. You can run it at any time from the application from the Settings menu.

Setup Wizard


  • Click [Next >] to continue.

  • Start by typing a nickname in the Nickname field of three characters or more (can be letters or numbers). A nickname is a label for how you look to other people. It can be as simple or flashy as you want. You can use the same nickname everywhere or change it on different servers. It’s completely up to you.
  • Click [Next] to continue.

This is where you set up how your microphone functions in TS3. You can either use the Voice Activation Detection (the default) or select Push-To-Talk

Voice Activation Detection

It works like your normal telephone where you’re transmitting at all times, only better. With TeamSpeak 3, you can set a threshold level where the application won’t transmit while you’re not speaking. In a later step, you can also set a keyboard key to manually mute your microphone.


    • Put the microphone one to two inches away from your mouth.
    • Don’t breathe on your microphone.
    • Don’t put your microphone in front of your mouth. People don’t want to hear you


Click [Next >] to continue.

  • If you selected Voice Activation, this wizard dialog box will help you to set the volume for your microphone so it transmits when you speak in a normal voice, and doesn’t transmit when you whisper. Starting talking and read through the following Hint to set the level at which you want your microphone to transmit. With your mouse, drag the slider on the ruler back and forth until your normal speaking voice activates the microphone.
  • Click [Next >] to continue.

  • Setting a Microphone Mute key binding is strongly recommended. This is a keyboard key that acts like a toggle. Once you set it, press it once to mute your microphone and again to resume transmitting.
  • NOTE: The phrase ‘key binding’ is just another way of saying that you can program a keyboard key to perform a specified function while TeamSpeak 3 is running.
  • To set a Microphone Mute key, click the Microphone Mute button and then press a key on your keyboard. (We used the Z key in the following screenshot and example.)
  • If the Microphone Mute key silences transmissions from your own microphone, you can also set a key to mute the transmissions coming in from TeamSpeak 3 by selecting a keyboard key for the Speaker Mute function.
  • For example, let’s say you set your Microphone Mute key to the ` key on your computer’s keyboard. If you need to talk to somebody else in the room with you, you can press ` to mute your microphone while you have your conversation so people in your TeamSpeak 3 chat can’t hear you. When you finish your conversation in the room, you can press the ` key again to resume transmitting over your microphone.
  • Click [Next >] to continue.

Push To Talk

Push-To-Talk mode is like talking with a walkie-talkie. You press and hold a key on the keyboard while you talk, releasing the key when you’re not talking. This is most often used in noisy rooms or when you don’t have a headset microphone. The tricky thing is choosing a key you don’t normally use. Consider things like the left or right Ctrl keys or a seldom‐used button on a multi-function mouse. Click the button to the right of the Push‐To‐Talk radio button to set the key to use to activate Push-To-Talk.

  • Once you’ve selected the key to use to activate the Push-To-Talk mode, click [Next >] to continue.

  • Test the Push‐To‐Talk key. Press and hold the key you chose and speak into your microphone.

  • When you’re ready to proceed, click [Next >] to continue. You can also set a key to use to mute your speakers (optional). The key works as a toggle, press it once to turn sound off and again to resume sound.

  • For example, this can come in handy if you’re talking on TeamSpeak and somebody walks into the room to talk to you. You can press the key you set to temporarily mute the speakers, conduct your conversation, and then press the key again to reactivate your speakers.
  • That’s it! TeamSpeak 3 has now been set up on your PC, your microphone has been set up, and you have set key bindings to help you get the most out of your TeamSpeak 3 experience. The wizard is completed. Click [Finish] to close the wizard.

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