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How to Set Up a Webcam

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How to Set Up a Webcam

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So you’ve finally taken the webcam plunge, and now all you have left is setting it up. While many webcams are now plug-and-play, it can help to follow these step-by-step instructions on how to install them.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5-10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Install any software that came with the webcam before plugging in the device. To install the software, load the CD into the CD drive of your computer. The setup process should begin immediately.
  2. If the process doesn’t begin, go to your Start Menu, click on My Computer, and double-click on the CD icon (typically your “D” drive).
  3. Follow the prompts to install the software. If you are missing the included software, you can often download it from the company’s website.
  4. Once you have finished installing the software, or if you cannot find any software, plug the webcam into an available USB port on your computer. The webcam’s cable should have a small metal rectangle at the end -- this is the USB cable. Your computer or laptop should have a port that matches this rectangle. The ports are usually on the left or right side of a laptop; it can vary for a desktop computer. Be sure to check the back of a desktop computer if you can’t find it.
  5. Find the best spot for your webcam. The best spot will depend on the type of webcam you have, the type of computer you're using, and your work surface. If your webcam has a clip, you may find it best to clip it to the top of your laptop screen. If you have a monitor, however, you may want to situate it flat on your desk or atop the monitor. Books can help you raise the webcam if necessary.

    Some webcams also come with stands, while others have bodies that can be rotated. All of these features can help you achieve the best angle.

  6. Launch the program or software you wish to use with your webcam. To launch the software that came with your webcam, go to the Start menu, find the software and click on it.
  7. Once your webcam begins to display video on your monitor, you can further adjust the camera for the ideal view.

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