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How to Record Audio From Any Windows 10 App Using Audacity

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Audacity, the multi-faceted media application, allows you to record audio from the web (Skype, WhatsApp, or others) or to save system sounds -- as well as its primary function, a video player. But in order to record this audio, you’ll first need to review and edit the Sound settings on your laptop. A few setting tweaks, however, and you’re ready to go.

Sound settings: 

1) In the systems tray right-click the speaker icon.

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2) Select Sounds, from the context menu.

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3) In the Sounds window, go to the Recording tab.

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4) Note down the default device with the green check mark against it.

5) Right-click on Stereo Mix.

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6) Select Enable.

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Audacity settings: 

1) In the search box on the Toolbar, type Audacity

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2) Click Audacity in the search options.

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3) Open the dropdown menu for Audio Host.

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4) Select Windows WASAPI

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5) Check that the Recording Device is the default device in the Sound settings. You are now ready to start recording. 

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6) Press Record (red dot icon) in Audacity and then open the app for which you want to record audio. 

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7) When done, press Stop (black square icon). 

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8) To save the file, go to the File menu.

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9) Click Export.

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10) Select Export as MP3. This file format is compatible with most of the apps you might use. You can also use WAV.

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11) Type a file name.

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12) Click Save.

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