So I got a bluetooth speaker for my birthday, and bluetooth
headphones for Christmas. I've gotten the hang of using my
speaker, but after the last major Windows Update, NVDA's speech
stopped coming through the speaker when it was active. It comes
through the computer's speakers instead. I don't really mind this
with the speaker, as I use it primarily to listen to music
out loud and with NVDA coming through the computer speakers, it
doesn't disrupt the enjoyment of my music nearly as much as it can
when I'm using normal headphones. However, when I test the
Bluetooth headset I got for Christmas, I'll need to either figure
out how to get NVDA to transmit through them while they're active,
or be ready for a future event where an update may alter the
relevant settings. I'm told there are scenarios where you have to
change which soundcard NVDA is on, but I don't want to be unable
to use NVDA when I power off my headphones.
What follows applies to Bluetooth sound devices generally with Windows 10. Most often, when you pair and connect a Bluetooth device, Windows then recognizes both its own internal sound card as well as the Bluetooth device, with sound being directed as it had been initially (which is usually to the computer's speakers or a plugged in wired headset).
If you use Windows Key+B to throw focus to the System Tray, then arrow over to your volume settings, when more than one sound device is active there will be a choice of sound devices, and switching from the built-in Speaker/Headphone option to whatever your Bluetooth device is shifts audio output to that device in many instances (there are times this doesn't work, but it's what I'd try first). Once the Bluetooth device is selected, the volume slider applies to it. A word of warning if you are using earbuds or a headset, and have no idea what the computer volume setting is for that Bluetooth device, it's better to keep them somewhere other than right in/on top of your ears when doing the initial switch over. I have been absolutely blasted on a couple of occasions because my laptop speakers are crap, and need to be turned way up, while the Bluetooth devices are not, and an equal volume used with them is deafeningly loud.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042
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