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I have a microphone which does not have an off switch. It is USB and, if connected, it is powered on. Normally, I don't want the microphone on so I have to go into "Sounds", right-click the device, and select "Enable/Disable" or select "Properties" then "Use this device/Don't use this device".

It would be more convenient to have an icon or something I could just click once to enable/disable. I've tried some of the suggestions with devcon but it enables/disabled the driver itself and doesn't really work well. Also tried nircmd but couldn't find anything that really met my need.

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If you are not trying to script it, you could use the keyboard shortcut

windows + x m escape

(well, it seemed short to me)

  • So, that opens Device Manager. But: 1) I still have to locate the driver and disable it, and 2) I don't want to disable the driver. At this point, I've added a short-cut to my desktop for the Sound control panel applet. But there, I still have to select the "Recording" tab, then right-click the microphone to enable/disable. NOTE: That this does not enable/disable the driver but the use of the driver by the audio subsystem. – IronRod Jun 16 '16 at 2:54
  • Well, I admit I was on Win 7, and WINDOWS+X opens the Mobility manager there. I guess MS changed it. Maybe they decided the differently abled didn't mind a few more clicks. I guess they and us will get over it. – infixed Jun 16 '16 at 12:31

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