How to Turn on the Webcam on a Lenovo Laptop

by C.D. Crowder Google

    Many Lenovo laptops have a webcam built in. The webcam does not turn on automatically or run all the time. In order to turn it on, you must run a program that supports the use of a webcam. The most popular and common program for using the webcam on Lenovo laptops is Windows Movie Maker, which comes installed on the laptop. Videos made in this program can be used anywhere, including YouTube. The program also allows you to capture individual photos on your laptop.

    Step 1

    Press the Windows Start orb and choose “All Programs.”

    Step 2

    Select “Windows Movie Maker.”

    Step 3

    Press “Capture from Video Device” in the upper left corner.

    Step 4

    Enter a name for your video and choose your save location. Press “Next.”

    Step 5

    Choose the video quality and press “Next.”

    Step 6

    Press “Start Capture” to turn on the webcam.

    Step 7

    Press “Stop Capture” to turn the webcam back off.


    • In other applications, open the program and select the video capture option to begin recording. Tools for starting, stopping and editing the videos are found in the individual programs.


    • If the webcam remains on or turns on upon boot, open “Task Manager” by pressing "Ctrl-Alt-Del" to see which program or programs may be using the webcam.


    About the Author

    C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.