Voice Recorder Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with the Voice Recorder app. It is a Store app (UWP) that allows recording sounds, lectures, interviews, and other events.  It replaces the classic Desktop app which was bundled with the OS for many years. If you are using it frequently, you might be interested in learning its keyboard shortcuts.


Here is the list of keyboard shortcuts you can use in Voice Recorder. These hotkeys can help you save time and increase productivity. Bookmark this page if you can't remember all of them so you can refer to it every time you want to learn a new hotkey.

Voice Recorder is an app for recording lectures, conversations, and other sounds (previously called Sound Recorder). Hit the big Record button (1), and add markers (3) to identify key moments as you record or play (2). Then you can trim (5), rename (7), or share your recordings (4), which are saved in Documents > Sound Recordings. Select the trash can icon (6) to delete your recording, or the three dots (8) for more options.

Voice Recording Help

Open the Voice Recorder app. You can do it by clicking the icon in the Start menu. Use the alphabet navigation feature to find it faster. Refer to the article:

How to navigate apps by alphabet in Windows 10 Start menu

Voice Recorder Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these hotkeys to save your time. If you know more Voice Recorder hotkeys, feel free to share them in the comments.

Keyboard shortcutAction
Ctrl + RStart a new recording
Ctrl + MAdd a new marker to the recording
DeleteDelete the selected recording
SpacebarPlay or pause
BackspaceGo back
F2Rename your recording
Left / Right arrowJump ahead or back while playing a recording
Shift + Left / Right arrowJump further ahead or back
HomeJump to the start of the recording
EndJump to the end of the recording

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Voice Recorder Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10”

  1. Thanks for your post. Is there any shortkey to start “voice recorder” directly? best Daniel from Switzerland

  2. I have ctrl in my laptop i have alt ctrl shift and more stuff i have window 10 is a hp chromebook computer system memory 16GB eMMC storage.

  3. Is there a way to get the original soundrecorder.exe to work under Windows 10?

    Renaming the .m4a to .wav is not a true .wav format according to various sound editing programs I use when I use the built in Windows 10 Sound App. This is a much different program then the previous sound recorder.exe program.

    I would like to get back the original sound recorder where we could use the command soundrecorder /file file_path.wav to record in .wav format off the bat.

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