Some people use a stack of books, or even a tripod == especially if you're interested in aligning your webcam to shoot video of something other than what's directly in front of your screen, which is where many people prefer it to be.

Depending on the style and model of your webcam, it may or may not have a convenient and adjustable clip on it in order to attach it to your monitor.

Installing the Webcam Setting up the Webcam Community Q&A This wiki How teaches you how to install and set up a webcam on your Windows or Mac computer.

Whether you're using an older CRT monitor, which has a convenient flat surface for your webcam to sit, or a new flat panel display, most webcam clips can accommodate both styles of monitor.

Shown here clipped to a flat panel display, having your webcam in this position is probably the most useful and versatile place you can put it.

It is most people's preference to attach their webcam to the top of their monitor, because it allows them to be recorded as they're looking at their PC monitor.

This is helpful if you're recording a webcast, a video diary, or chatting with friends or family on your web camera.

Many times, hardware (including some webcams) will come with no disk for drivers to install at all.

There can be all kinds of reasons for this, but the biggest is, Windows has a (usually) great talent for recognizing and installing hardware with no software needed.

Windows will recognize that you are attempting to install software, and a wizard should pop up to guide you through the process.

If it doesn't, simply navigate to "My Computer," or "Computer" via the Desktop or Start Menu, and click on your CD drive (usually E:) to get it to run the files on the disk.

And, of course, it's easy to take it off and place it somewhere else if you need to.

This is actually one feature that puts desktop PC webcams a step above standard laptop webcams, since they tend to be stuck in the same place centered at the top of your monitor.

Because you've already installed the software that came with your webcam, using it is as easy as opening up the Start Menu and browsing to your webcam program, shown here as a "Cyber Link You Cam" program.