How to Turn “Include System Audio when Recording” On or Off with Snipping Tool in Windows 11

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The article provides instructions on how to enable or disable the “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” setting on Windows 11’s built-in Snipping Tool. This feature, introduced in Snipping Tool version 11.2307.44.0, allows optional recording of PC audio and voiceovers while screen recording, facilitating user-specific needs.

This article explains how to turn “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” on or off with the Snipping Tool on Windows 11.

The Snipping Tool is a built-in screenshot tool in Windows that allows you to capture screenshots of any part of your screen, including full-screen captures, individual windows, or user-defined capture areas.

Starting with Snipping Tool version 11.2307.44.0, Microsoft added support for optionally recording your PC audio and voice overs using a microphone. The new app settings let you configure the default audio recording settings for new screen recordings.

You may want to turn “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” on or off with the Snipping Tool on Windows 11. For instance, if you’re making a tutorial video and want to include audio from your computer’s speakers, you must turn this feature on.

Alternatively, if you’re recording a video that doesn’t require audio, you may want to turn this feature off to save disk space.

Turn “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” on or off with Snipping Tool

As mentioned above, you can turn “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” on or off with the Snipping Tool.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the Snipping Tool app. (Windows key + Shift + S)

Then click the Settings and more (three dots) button, and select Settings.

Settings in Snipping Tool app

On the Settings page, screen down and select “Include microphone input by default when a screen recording starts” tile.

Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it. To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Snipping Tool include system audio by defautl when screen recording starts

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn “Include system audio by default when a screen recording starts” on or off in Windows. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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