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How do you enable speaker output while headphones are on?

mintice

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...for SELECT programs? For example, I like to game with headphones on, I listen to music with headphones on and more. I don't like to unplug them every time I'm done, that's too confusing and more importantly, I FORGET ALL THE TIME. So, if anyone could kindly help me find a way to play my "Free Alarm Clock" (please Google to find it because I'm afraid to post links) through the speakers despite having headphones plugged in, I would greatly appreciate it. I use it not only to wake up but also to remind me of other daily things.

Just to be clear: I'm not looking for something to play sound through headphones and speakers simultaneously. That would defeat the purpose.

Thanks in advance!

PS
A command would also work, I believe.
 

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DustSailor

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Hey mate,

Don't be afraid to post links, just make sure they aren't walware lol.h
When your headphones are plugged in, do they show up in sounds?:

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If so, that is a good way to switch it. If not, see if you can't find out more about sounds with your sounds control center. I think you only get such a thing if you have a sound card. Some built-in ones come with such a control center. Take a peek in there to see what you can find.
 

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fireberd

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That's a tough question. Windows only allows one default audio playback device. Thus if the Speakers are set as the default playback device any audio will go through that. If you have a sound card that allows the speaker to be on when you plug in headphones (my RealTek will allow that) then whatever sound will come through both the headphones and speaker.

But, you can't have certain programs/sounds only on the speakers. Plus, if you are listening to whatever on the headset you may not hear something over the speakers if that were even possible.
 

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