Record audio notes in OneNote for Windows 10

When you're at a lecture, Q&A session, or an interview, and you know you won't be able to type notes fast enough, you can use OneNote to record audio notes.

Note: Before you get started, make sure your Windows 10 computer or device has a microphone that’s properly set up in Windows Settings.

Start a recording

To begin an audio recording in your notes, do the following:

  1. Click a location on the current page where you want to start the audio recording.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Audio.

    OneNote begins recording immediately. To verify that a recording is in progress, note the increasing time counter on the Recording tab that appears.

Stop a recording

To end an audio recording, do the following:

  • On the Recording tab, click Stop.

    OneNote ends the recording. If you want to continue recording at a later time, click Record.

Play back a recording

To listen to an audio recording in your notes, do the following:

  • Double-click any Audio Recording icon on any page in your notebook.

Tip: While playing back audio in OneNote for Windows 10, you can use the additional controls on the Audio tab that appears — including Pause, Back 5 Minutes, Back 15 Seconds, Forward 15 Seconds, and Forward 5 minutes.

Delete a recording

If you no longer need a particular audio recording, do the following:

  1. On any page, right-click the Audio Recording icon of the recording you want to delete.

  2. On your keyboard, press the Delete key.

Caution: When you delete an audio recording from your notes, it is erased immediately and cannot be recovered.

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