How to Record Audio on Your Laptop?

The voice recording app is handy for various reasons. If you are a student, you might want to record a lecture to listen to it in the future. Journalists require it to record press briefings and interviews. You can also use the voice recorder for a host of other purposes.

Many voice recorder applications are available online. However, the voice recorder application on Windows is a good choice as it was designed keeping your computer in mind, and it was created by Microsoft-the company that invented the windows operation system. 

How to install the Voice Recorder application on Windows 10

If you have not installed the windows voice recorder application, comply with the following steps to install the voice recorder application on your device.

  1. Ensure you are online as the installation process is facilitated on a Microsoft website.
  2. Next, click on this link to navigate to the Microsoft store.
  3. On the result page, click on the Get button on the right-hand side.
  4. Now, a dialogue box opens, reading The site is trying to open  Microsoft store. Click on Open
  5. In some laptops or computers, or depending on the operating system, you may be prompted to enter a user id and password. If you do not have one, you can create one on the same page. The other option is to log in using the security key. 
  6. Once all the steps listed above are completed, you can open the app from your start menu.

If you are a Windows 10 user, there are more free and useful apps you can download from the store. To know more, check out this video:

The process to use Voice Recorder application on Windows 10   

There are a couple of things you need to check before you start recording. In case you are using an external microphone, make sure it is connected. Most laptops have an in-built microphone on the bezel of the monitor or the laptop screen. Many laptops have microphones at the top display; they are either very close to the webcam or placed slightly apart. It resembles a tiny hole. Some laptop models have it just below the keyboard or just above the hinge. 

Let us now look at the steps to record voice on the Microsoft voice recorder.

  1. Click on the start button.
  2. Type Audio recorder on the search bar. (Note: You may also use the Ctrl+R shortcut keys on your keyboard)
  3. On the dialogue box, click on the microphone icon on the lower left-hand corner. This will turn on the recording function.
  4. You can pause a recording session by clicking on pause. This will not terminate the session. You will start from where you left when you resume recording. The audio is also saved in the same file.
  5. Just below the play and pause button, there is a picture of a small flag. You can click on the flag to mark various points in the recording. This option is useful to return to the specific points in the audio file when you reopen it.
  6. To stop the recording, click on the stop button. 
  7. If you want to listen to your recordings, you can find them on the left-hand side with the date and time of recording and its duration.

Here is a video tutorial on how to record audio using the free Windows voice recorder application.

Let us also look at some of the useful features of Microsoft’s voice recorder application.

  1. Your recordings are auto-saved, so you need not worry about saving a voice clip before exiting the application.
  2. With other free voice recording apps, you must choose a storage path. In the windows voice recorder’s case, your recordings are saved in the ‘Documents’ folder, which you can easily access from the desktop or the search bar.
  3. It is a universal app, and it is compatible with different devices like PC, laptops, and windows phones.
  4. You can delete or rename audio clips. You can also playback and trim audio clips.
  5. To help navigate to a particular point in an audio clip, you can mark the key moments in the recorded clip.
  6. You can also send an audio recording to another app and share it with family and friends.


The ability to record audio on your laptop is useful, particularly when conducting research work. You would want to save audio clips that you can refer to at a later time. I have written this article keeping that in mind. I have explained the steps in a manner that is easy to follow. I believe this article has been of help to you. Please share this article and also leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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