Using the Voice Recorder

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated March 26, 2018)

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For several versions of Windows now, the operating system has included a method of recording audio using your computer and a microphone. Windows 10 follows this tradition by making an all new app (Voice Recorder) available. Voice Recorder is ideal for recording lectures, cute things your kids or friends say, musical performances, and anything else for which you need audio.

To begin using Voice Recorder:

  1. Click the Start button and scroll down to Voice Recorder.
  2. If you have never launched Voice Recorder previously Windows will ask you for permission to access your microphone. Select "yes" to begin using the Voice Recorder app. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Let Windows Voice Recorder Access Your Microphone dialog box.

  4. You know the app is running when you see a very simple window with a large round microphone button. Click the Microphone button to immediately start recording. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. The Voice Recorder app's minimal interface.

After you start the recording you'll see a small timer clicking away as it records your audio. You can pause and resume your recording by using the Pause button. When you are finished, click the large Stop button.

While you're recording, you can press the flag icon and mark important audio time stamp points in your recordings, that you can use later to quickly jump through your recordings. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Time stamps added to recording.

At first, the interface for the Voice Recorder app is very simple. As you use the app, though, you will see the interface start to change. Each recording you make is added to the left of the window. By default, recordings are named Recording, Recording (2), Recording (3), and so on. You can rename your recordings by either selecting the recording on the left and clicking on the Rename button or right clicking on the recording and choosing Rename from the Context menu. Either method you choose, Windows displays a small dialog box for renaming your recording, enter the new name you want and click the Rename button. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4. Renaming audio recordings in Voice Recorder.

Next time you find yourself needing to record some audio, launch Voice Recorder, hit the big blue button, and record anything you want. While the app may seem overly minimalistic at first, once you start recording, you'll find this app to be very helpful and a useful resource in your workflow.

 This tip (12257) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

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What is three more than 8?

2018-03-27 10:05:39

Eric Wyatt

Dennis, great comment/question.

Windows saves each recording, as individual files, using a lossy compression in the .m4a format. You can easily access the folder where the recordings are stored by launching the Voice Recorder app and right clicking on any of the recordings and choosing Open File Location. This will open the folder where all the recordings are kept, until you delete them.

Hope this helps!

– Eric


2018-03-27 09:37:38

David H.

Great Question. I too am interested in the answer to this.


2018-03-26 11:04:11

Dennis Brennan

Where (within Windows) and how (what format) are the recordings kept? Do they have a "drop dead" date, or are they an ever-growing monster using up your storage?


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