How to record audio on Windows

Need to record lectures, meetings, music, or even your own voice? Windows makes it surprisingly easy! This guide will walk you through two methods of recording audio, from the built-in Voice Recorder to the more advanced Audacity software.

Method 1: Using the Built-in Voice Recorder (Simple and Quick)

  1. Find it: Search for “Voice Recorder” in the Start menu.
  2. Get ready: Ensure your microphone is connected and selected. Click the gear icon to adjust microphone volume and quality if needed.
  3. Record: Hit the big red Record button. Pause or stop using the dedicated buttons.
  4. Save: When finished, click Stop. Your recording will be saved in the “Sound Recordings” folder within your Documents.

Method 2: Using Audacity (More Features and Editing)

  1. Download: Install Audacity from
  2. Set up: Launch Audacity. Choose your microphone as the “Recording device” under the microphone icon in the top left corner.
  3. Record: Press the red Record button. Monitor the sound levels on the waveform display.
  4. Edit (optional): Trim silence, apply effects, or cut and paste portions of your recording using Audacity’s editing tools.
  5. Export: When done, click File > Export > Export Audio. Choose your desired format (MP3, WAV, etc.).

Bonus Tips:

  • Microphone quality: Invest in a good microphone for better audio quality.
  • External sound: For recording system audio (e.g., music playing on your computer), you may need to enable “Stereo Mix” in your Sound settings.
  • Hotkeys: Use keyboard shortcuts for quicker control (e.g., Ctrl+R to record in Voice Recorder).
  • Practice: Play around with the settings and features to get comfortable with your chosen method.

With these methods, you’re now equipped to capture any audio on your Windows PC! Whether you’re a student, musician, content creator, or simply looking to preserve memories, recording audio opens up a world of possibilities.

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