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How to screen record on windows 10

 Screen recording on Windows 10 can be a valuable tool for various purposes, such as creating tutorials, capturing gameplay, or troubleshooting technical issues. In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through multiple methods for screen recording on Windows 10, including built-in options and third-party software solutions. This guide will provide you with a thorough understanding of how to screen record on Windows 10.

Method 1: Using the Built-In Xbox Game Bar

Windows 10 comes with a built-in screen recording tool called the Xbox Game Bar, primarily designed for gamers but useful for recording any on-screen activity.

  1. Enable Xbox Game Bar:

    • Press Windows + G to open the Xbox Game Bar.
    • If it’s your first time using it, you’ll need to confirm that it’s a game.
    • Follow on-screen instructions to enable the Game Bar.
  2. Start Screen Recording:

    • Open the application or content you want to record.
    • Press Windows + Alt + R to start recording.
    • A small recording indicator will appear in the top-right corner.
  3. Stop Recording:

    • To stop recording, press Windows + Alt + R again.
    • The recorded video will be saved in the “Captures” folder within your Videos library.

Method 2: Using the Built-In Windows 10 Screen Recorder

Windows 10 also offers a dedicated screen recorder that can be accessed through the Xbox Game Bar.

  1. Open the Screen Recorder:

    • Press Windows + G to open the Xbox Game Bar.
    • Click the “Capture” button (a camera icon) to open the screen recorder.
  2. Start Recording:

    • Click the “Record” button (a circle) to start recording your screen.
    • A toolbar will appear with options to pause, stop, and control audio.
  3. Stop Recording:

    • Click the “Stop” button (a square) to stop the recording.
    • Your recording will be saved in the “Captures” folder in your Videos library.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Screen Recording Software

While the built-in options are handy for basic recording needs, third-party screen recording software often provides more advanced features. Here’s how to use a popular third-party tool called OBS Studio:

  1. Download and Install OBS Studio:

    • Visit the OBS Studio website (https://obsproject.com/) and download the software.
    • Install OBS Studio following the on-screen instructions.
  2. Configure OBS Studio:

    • Open OBS Studio.
    • Configure your settings, such as video quality, audio sources, and hotkeys, in the settings menu.
  3. Create a Scene:

    • Click the “+” button in the “Scenes” panel to create a new scene.
    • Add sources (display capture, window capture, or specific application capture) to the scene.
  4. Start Recording:

    • Click the “Start Recording” button in the “Controls” section.
    • OBS Studio will begin recording your screen.
  5. Stop Recording:

    • Click the “Stop Recording” button when you’re finished.
    • Your recorded video will be saved to the location specified in OBS Studio’s settings.

Method 4: Using Microsoft PowerPoint


If you only need to record presentations, Microsoft PowerPoint has a built-in screen recording feature.

  1. Open PowerPoint:

    • Open PowerPoint and create or open a presentation.
  2. Insert Screen Recording:

    • Go to the slide where you want to add the recording.
    • Click the “Insert” tab.
    • Select “Screen Recording” from the “Media” group.
  3. Start Recording:

    • A recording toolbar will appear. You can select the area to record and click the “Record” button.
    • To stop recording, click the “Stop” button.
  4. Save the Recording:

    • PowerPoint will insert the recording into your slide.
    • To save the recording as a separate video file, right-click it and select “Save Media as.”

Method 5: Using Snipping Tool (for Snippets and Simple Recordings)

Windows 10 includes the Snipping Tool, which can capture screenshots and simple recordings.

  1. Open Snipping Tool:

    • Type “Snipping Tool” in the Windows search bar and open it.
  2. Select Recording Mode:

    • Click on “Mode” and choose “Rectangular Snip” or “Freeform Snip” for a specific area.
  3. Start Recording:

    • Click “New” to capture the screen area.
    • If you choose “Freeform Snip,” draw a shape around the area you want to record.
  4. Stop Recording:

    • After capturing, you can annotate or save the snippet.

Method 6: Using the Game DVR (for Games)

If you primarily want to record games, the Game DVR feature is designed for that purpose.

  1. Enable Game DVR:

    • Go to “Settings” > “Gaming” > “Game Bar” and ensure it’s turned on.
  2. Start Game Recording:

    • While playing a game, press Windows + Alt + R to start recording.
    • You can also access the Game Bar by pressing Windows + G.
  3. Stop Game Recording:

    • Press Windows + Alt + R again to stop the recording.
    • The video will be saved in the “Captures” folder.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  1. Audio Recording: Ensure your desired audio source (system audio, microphone) is correctly configured in your chosen recording software. You may need to adjust audio settings within Windows as well.

  2. Performance: Screen recording can be resource-intensive. Close unnecessary applications to free up system resources. Lowering the recording resolution or frame rate can also help if you experience performance issues.

  3. Storage: Make sure you have enough free storage space on your drive for recording. High-quality recordings can consume significant disk space.

  4. Video Format: Check the output format of your recordings. Common formats include MP4 and AVI, which are widely compatible with video players and editors.

  5. Editing: Consider using video editing software to refine your recordings. Windows 10 includes the built-in Photos app for basic video editing.

  6. Hotkeys: Learn and customize hotkeys for your recording software. This can make starting and stopping recordings more convenient.

  7. Drivers and Updates: Ensure your graphics card drivers are up to date. Regularly update your screen recording software for bug fixes and new features.

Method 7: Using Windows 10 Screen Sketch (for Annotations)

If you need to annotate your screen recordings, Windows 10’s Screen Sketch can be helpful.

  1. Open Screen Sketch:

    • Type “Screen Sketch” in the Windows search bar and open it.
  2. Capture and Annotate:

    • Use the “New” button to capture a portion of your screen.
    • Use the annotation tools to add notes, highlights, or drawings.
  3. Save the Annotated Capture:

    • After annotating, click the save icon to save the edited screenshot.

These methods should cover most of your screen recording needs in Windows 10, from basic captures to more advanced recordings. Depending on your specific use case, choose the method that suits you best and make use of the troubleshooting tips to ensure smooth recording experiences.

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