Record audio or video notes

Recording audio or video notes is a great option when you can’t possibly type or handwrite everything word for word, like during a lecture, Q&A session, or interview.

To record audio and video notes with OneNote, you’ll need a computer with a microphone and a webcam. Both devices will need to be properly set up in the Windows Control Panel.

Important:  This feature isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

Note: July 12, 2016: If you've recorded audio notes on an Apple device and tried playing them on your Windows device, you may get an error message saying “Sorry OneNote is having trouble playing this audio file." This issue has been fixed in Build 16.0.6741.2017 and later. You can download the latest updates by going to any Office app and then clicking File > Account > Update Options >Update Now.

  1. Click a location on the page where you want to place the recording, and then do one of the following:

    • To create an audio-only recording, click Insert > Record Audio.

    • To create a video recording with optional audio, click Insert > Record Video.

      Record audio or video and add the recording to a OneNote page.

    A recording starts as soon as OneNote places a media icon on the page.

  2. To end the recording, press Pause or Stop on the Audio & Video tab.

  3. To play a recording, click the media icon on the page and then click Play.

Audio and video recordings created with OneNote are linked to any notes you took during the recording so you can search your notes later to find specific notes.

If you select the See Playback button on the Audio & Video tab, OneNote will position the cursor within any notes that you took during the recording. For example, if you’re recording an interview and you took notes two minutes into the clip, OneNote will jump to that exact part of your notes whenever you play back the clip and it reaches the two minute mark. This is immensely useful for retaining context between a recorded event and any reactions, thoughts, and ideas that you had at any particular moment during that event.

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