Teamspeak tricks

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Teamspeak tricks
Gamers and professionals alike benefit from TeamSpeak software. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

For decades, video games have increased in features and complexity, providing an increasingly immersive experience. TeamSpeak adds to this experience with software that allows computer gamers to voice chat over their Internet connection with other gamers, and even friends, family and coworkers. In the third version of the program, TeamSpeak 3 (TS3), online collaboration is maximised by allowing file transfers. Understand TeamSpeak tricks to get the most out of the software.

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Reduce Background Noise

Occasionally, you may voice chat on TeamSpeak with someone who has a poor-quality microphone. Combined with background noise, this can be distracting. Use the following tips to reduce the impact of background noise on your communication. First, use headphones with an attached microphone -- ideally a set with the noise-cancelling feature. Using a headset reduces feedback from sound coming from your speakers. Unfortunately, some background noise is unavoidable, such as a baby crying or a dog barking. You can minimise unnecessary noise by keeping televisions and stereos in the room off, and point fans and air conditioners away from the microphone.

Skinning

TeamSpeak 3 comes with the ability to change the "skin," or visual design, of the program, allowing for a more aesthetically pleasing user experience. Accomplish this by downloading the skin you want (see Resources), open the software and click on the "Settings" menu. Select "Options," then "Design," and finally "Theme." Select the name of the skin you downloaded from the drop-down menu, and click "Apply," then "OK" to finalise the changes.

Become Server Admin

After installing the TS3 server, you will be given a Server Admin Token ID. Copy the ID and launch the client to connect to your server. Click on "Permissions," followed by "Use Token" and then paste the ID. The operation was successful if you see the "SA" icon next to your name. Once you become a server administrator, you gain access to more controls, including the ability to give other users on your server administrative privileges. To generate a Token ID for another user, click "Permissions," then "Token Manager" followed by "Add Token." Choose "Server Group" for type and "Server Admin" for group, then click "Create."

Transfer Unique Identity

If you plan on using TS3 on multiple computers, the process of setting permissions and administrative rights can be expedited by exporting your ID. Click "Settings, followed by "Identities" and then "Export." It will generate a file with the extension ".ini." Transfer that file to the second computer with portable storage device such as a USB memory stick or microSD card, and import it by click "Settings," "Identities" and then "Import." Select the file, and all your settings will be copied from the configuration on the first computer.

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