Easy Way to Record Your Screen on Any Computer

Want to make a how-to presentation for a project? Would you like to share fun gameplay with your mates? The recording of your screen is an excellent way to achieve both.

How to record your screen

Windows 10 and macOS have built-in software that can get the task done, whereas Chrome OS needs an extension (for now). Anyway, capturing your screen is simpler than you would expect. We teach you how to use native, open-source and paying third-party tools.

Windows 10

Windows 10 has a native video recording feature, although it’s mainly geared for gamers. However, it can be used with any open program, providing a simple way to capture the screen and sometimes even add audio if desired.

Using Xbox Game Bar

Your PC requires one of the encoders below to use this functionality. They are supported by most contemporary graphics cards or processors.

Phase 1: Press the Start button, accompanied by the Gear icon found on the Start Menu. This launches the Settings app.

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Phase 2: Pick Gaming in the Settings window.

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Phase 3: Default loading of the Xbox Game Bar section. As seen below, a toggle should be set to On under the first line. Tap on the Button if it reads Off.

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Phase 4: Pick the captures on the left to screen and, if necessary, change additional customization options.

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You can adjust your save position for recordings and screenshots under Captures, allow background recording and permit recordings while your laptop is not plugged in. There are also options to allow filming, set a maximum recording duration and change audio and video quality settings when projecting your screen.

Phase 5: Once done, enter the Xbox Game Bar Default Keyboard Shortcut: Win+G.

You might not see an early indication if the program you highlight on your screen is a game. If you do, clearly choose Yes. Sure, this is a lie, since the Xbox Game Bar is designed to grab the gameplay, but it extends to other uses. This little fib. However, the Xbox Game Bar does not document the File Explorer or desktop, only open programs.

Phase 6: The Xbox Game Bar appears at the top middle of the screen. It includes buttons for accessing these overlays:

  • Audio
  • Capture
  • Performance
  • Xbox Social
  • Gallery

The Capture overlay of the Game Bar can appear by default. If not, press the Xbox Game Bar Webcam button, as seen below.

Note: If your PC has more than one attached panel, such as a three-monitor system, the GUI of the Xbox Game Bar will appear on the currently active display.

Phase 7: Press the Start Capturing round button on the Capture overlay to start. Click the purple End button to stop the video.

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Alternatively, the Win + Alt + R key combination can be entered to start and finish the recording using the enabled Xbox Game Bar.

Every video captured saves as MP4 files in the Videos > Captures folder in File Explorer on this PC.

Chrome OS

Google does not really currently provide a native screen recording feature in Chrome OS’s stable edition (87). That being said, Chrome OS 88 is now beta and contains a flag that you can connect to the device tray by inserting a screen recording key. Otherwise, a Chrome plugin would need to be added. We’re going to start with that.

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Phase 1: Open the Chrome Web Store Screencastify page and then press Add to Chrome and then add Extension to a pop-up screen.

Phase 2: Click the button Screencastify in the top right corner of Chrome.

Step 3: Register for your Google Account and follow the Screencastify account instructions.

Phase 4: Press the Blue button Unlock Mic and Webcam, then Allow it in the pop-up window.

Phase 5: Click on the blue button Unlock Tools, followed by Allow in a pop-up window.

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Phase 6: Select the Screencastify button again in the top right corner. A drop-down menu is shown.

Phase 7: Select source: Window Page, Laptop, or Just Webcam.

Phase 8: If appropriate, allow the microphone and/or webcam.

Phase 9: For additional configurations, click Such Options as a countdown timer.

Phase 10: Press the button Record. You can log only for the free account for five minutes.

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Note: The following screen asks you to choose your full screen or browser window.  Then press Share.

Step 11: Once the recording is complete, press the Screencastify icon again, preceded in the download by the red Stop button. You can also stop logging, restart, and erase the captured items.

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Phase 12: You should edit your video now, share it, download it to your Chromebook, etc. Click the text field next to the Editor Open button to edit the name.

The video is placed by default in your Google Drive.

macOS

With the newer, macOS Catalina is a native feature that enables you to capture the screen and take a screenshot. Here’s how:

Phase 1: Press Shift + Command + 5 to open the toolbar.

Phase 2: The toolbar comes into view with two sets of buttons: Three on the left to take a snapshot and two in the middle for capturing the screen. It also will provide Choices and Capture (or Record) buttons.

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Click the Record Whole Screen button to the left or click the Record Chosen Section button to the right. It replaces Capture, whether the method used to be in screenshot mode initially — placed to the right.

Step 3: When done, click the Record button at the top of the display on the menu bar, as shown below. Otherwise, press Command + Control + Esc.

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The video saves by default to the desktop.

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