Record audio with Sound Recorder

You can use Sound Recorder to record a sound and save it as an audio file on your computer. You can record sound from different audio devices, such as a microphone that's plugged into the sound card on your computer. The types of audio input sources you can record from depend on the audio devices you have and the input sources on your sound card.

Watch this video to learn how to record audio with Sound Recorder (0:57)

To record audio with Sound Recorder

  1. Make sure you have an audio input device, such as a microphone, connected to your computer.

  2. Open Sound Recorder by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Sound Recorder, and then, in the list of results, click Sound Recorder.

  3. Click Start Recording.

  4. To stop recording audio, click Stop Recording.

  5. (Optional) If you want to continue recording audio, click Cancel in the Save As dialog box, and then click Resume Recording. Continue to record sound, and then click Stop Recording.

  6. Click the File name box, type a file name for the recorded sound, and then click Save to save the recorded sound as an audio file.

For information about recording audio from different devices and solving common audio-recording problems, see Recording audio in Sound Recorder: frequently asked questions.


  • To use Sound Recorder, you must have a sound card and speakers installed on your computer. If you want to record sound, you also need a microphone (or other audio input device).

  • You can play the saved audio file on your computer by using a media player program.