Did you know that Windows comes with a free, built-in Voice Recorder app?  Here’s how to use it.  Start by typing Voice Recorder into the Start box and clicking on the result.

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You’ll need to give permission for the app to access your microphone. Obviously, you’ll need a microphone to use the voice recorder. Most laptops and tablets have one built it. For a desktop, you’ll probably have to plug in a microphone.

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Click the microphone icon to get started.

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The recording will start. Press the stop button when you’re finished.

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Recordings will show up in a panel on the left. Click on a recording to select it.

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Press the Play button to play.

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Just below the timeline, you’ll see icons for your options with the recording.

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Click the Trim icon to adjust the length of the recording.

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Pull the handles to adjust the beginning and end of the audio clip.

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Then click the Save icon.

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You can choose to save over the original file or update the copy.

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To rename the file, click the Rename icon.

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Or right-click on the file in the panel on the left. You can also choose to share the file or go to its file location.

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Click the three-dot menu icon at the bottom right for more options including the ability to make adjustments to the microphone settings.

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By default, your recording will be saved in your Documents folder in the Sound Recordings file.

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