Sound Recorder in Windows 7

There are only two buttons in Windows 7 Sound recorder.  A big Red button to start recording, and it is labeled as such, and a Question Mark button that is for help.


How much help do you need if your only choice is to hit the big red record button?  Did Microsoft have a technical writer crank this out? 

Actually the Help is about how to start the program not use it.  So if you made it far enough to use the help you probably won’t learn anything from it.


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

  2. Click to open 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.

  • 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).

  • Recorded audio is saved as a Windows Media Audio (WMA) file.

  • You can play the saved audio file in a digital media player program that plays WMA files.