If you need to record audio on Windows 10, you don’t need a third-party app. Voice Recorder is an integrated application not only for recording but also many other interesting features.
How to record sound with Voice Recorder
Step 1: Enter the voice recorder in the Search box next to the Start menu and select the corresponding display result.
Step 2: From the main interface of the Voice Recorder application, to start recording, press the Record button or press the Ctrl + R key combination.
Step 3: Click the Pause button when you want to pause the recording process. In case you want to stop the recording process, press the Stop button. Alternatively, you can stop recording by pressing the Esc, Backspace, or Spacebar keys.
Note: If your computer has an earlier version of Windows 10 installed, it may be necessary to download the app from the Microsoft Store.
Download: Windows Voice Recorder (Free)
After you stop recording, Windows 10 will automatically save the audio file in the .m4a format, and the audio file will be saved in the Sound Recordings folder of the Documents folder.
When you need to listen to the recording again, reactivate the Voice Recorder application, then click on the recording in the list on the left pane to listen. Use the slider and Pause/Play button on the right side.
Mark important recordings
Using markers allows you to identify important parts of your recording, making the editing process easier.
To add a marker, press the Play button to listen and then press the Add a marker button (or press Ctrl + M). Markers are displayed as flags, you can create multiple markers in a single recording if necessary.
Adding a marker will not interrupt or affect the recording. If you want to delete one of the markers, right-click it and choose to Delete this marker.
Edit recordings with Voice Recorder
In addition to marking, you can use Voice Recorder to cut and extract important recordings to save.
Step 1: Activate Voice Recorder, select the recording you want to edit from the list.
Step 2: Press the Trim button and you will see two markers appear.
Step 3: Click and hold the left mouse button on these markers and drag right/left on the Play bar to select the recording you want to keep.
Step 4: Click the Play button to select the correct key excerpt and then click the Save button. There will be two options: Save a copy if you want to create a new copy or Update the original to overwrite the original recording.
Windows 10 will automatically name the recordings, add the date and time, and the length of each recording. However, it won’t be easy to manage many recordings, so you should name these recordings yourself.
Click to select the recording you want to rename from the menu, press the Rename button, enter a new name and press the Rename button again.
How to share recordings
To share any recording, click on the recording you want to share from the list of applications, click the Share button, select the application you want to use to share the recording.
How to fix Microsoft Voice Recorder error
If it’s your first time using Voice Recorder, Windows 10 will ask you to install the microphone in the Settings app. It would help if you allowed the application to access your computer’s microphone, or Voice Recorder will not record.
Step 1: Access the Start menu => Settings => Privacy.
Step 2: In the application window displayed, click on the Microphone item in the left pane.
Observe the right pane, turn on the option under Allow apps to access your microphone to the On state.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Choose what Microsoft Store Apps section can access your microphone. Make sure the Voice Recorder option is turned on.
Run the microphone debugger
Before trying more complicated solutions, such as reinstalling apps or updating drivers, try the quick Troubleshooter if you’re having problems with the app’s recording feature.
Step 1: Access the Start menu > Settings > Update & Security and click Troubleshoot in the left pane.
Step 2: Click the Recording audio item in the right pane and click the Run the troubleshooter button.
Step 3: From the new window, select the microphone you want to edit => Next.
If your computer’s microphone still doesn’t work, make sure the microphone is properly connected to your device. If you are using a micro USB, connect the microphone to a different USB port or USB cable.
If the microphone is connected via Bluetooth and the microphone is not working properly, check the following options:
- Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on on your device. Open Action Center and check if Bluetooth is enabled.
- Check if the microphone needs charging.
- Make sure you are in range. Because you can only connect your devices via Bluetooth if they are 6.0 to 9.0 meters apart. In addition, obstacles such as walls will interfere with the connection.
- Check if you are sending large data via Bluetooth. Sending files via Nearby Sharing or using a Bluetooth speaker will affect Bluetooth connectivity.
Microsoft Voice Recorder for Windows 10 is a basic but fully functional recording tool. If you need to record with simple features, Voice Recorder will be the best free application that users can choose.