Troubleshoot Micriphone in Windows 10

My recorder is not working when I’m conference in GotoMeeting, Zoom, Skype, etc.  I have checked the sound configuration and there is a recording tab and the device is enabled and says working fine.  How can I troubleshoot to assure that my microphone is working fine for my next conference?
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janaAsked:
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Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerCommented:
is it even registering your voice on the little equaliser bar thing?
janaAuthor Commented:
Don't know what that is, sorry.
Alex GreenProject Systems EngineerCommented:
it looks like this

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The green bit is where you should see if it's working or not.
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Open Settings ―> select System ―> select Sound

when you speak, the "equalizer bar" under Test your microphone should move if your mic is working:Sound
janaAuthor Commented:
Mic not working but thanx for the "troubleshooting", i found it.  Will try.
janaAuthor Commented:
had this error:
"Make sure your audio hardware is working properly and check your audio configuration in the Audio Devices and Sound Themes control panel"
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
open the Control Panel (write 'Control Panel' in the 'Cortana search')  ―> select Sound ―> click on Recording tab to see what is going on
janaAuthor Commented:
Yes, there is a device.
mic settings
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
in the Recording tab, right-click in the white space where the devices are listed and select Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices
janaAuthor Commented:
they were both enable at the moment sending my image,
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
so when you speak, do you see any movement in the'equalizer bar'?sound
janaAuthor Commented:
no movement.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
is this a built-in mic or one you have installed yourself?
janaAuthor Commented:
built in in a laptop.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
it is possible that this mic is defective

if possible, try a plug-in mic tom see what happens
janaAuthor Commented:
Thank you but no.  Did find the problem; it was the privacy settings.  When its OFF, mic will not work.  Clicked it ON and all is ok.

mic solution
janaAuthor Commented:
The solution was keyed Win+i key, open settings, select Privacy, select Microphone, clicked ON.

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
i hadn't thought of that

sometimes when Win10 updates, it resets privacy settings

glad to see everything is A-OK
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