How to Record the Screen on Your Windows PC or Mac

Gabriela Haynes
1 year ago

Recording the screen on your computer can be a great way to capture important moments and activities or even create tutorials. There are a few different ways to record your screen with both Windows PCs and Macs, regardless of the purpose. We will tell you more about them.

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Xbox Game Bar

The Xbox Game Bar is a powerful gaming overlay integrated into Windows 10. It provides gamers with easy access to various tools, such as the ability to record gameplay and chat with friends, as well as widgets for quick access to music, system performance stats, and more. With the Xbox Game Bar, you can quickly switch between open games and applications without having to alt-tab between windows.

Recording your screen with Xbox Game Bar is a great way to capture your gaming experiences and share them with friends. It’s easy to do and you don’t need any special programs or hardware. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. To begin, open the Xbox app that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 PCs. You can also download it from the Microsoft Store if necessary. 
  2. Press the “Win+G” keyboard shortcut to open the Xbox Game Bar at the bottom of your screen. 
  3. Click on the “Capture” icon located in the top left corner of the Xbox Game Bar window. This will open up a new window titled “Game DVR”. 
  4. In the Game DVR window, select the “Record” tab. Then choose a recording length (ex: 30 seconds to 1 hour), and click on “Start Recording”. 
  5. When finished, press the “Win+Alt+R” keyboard shortcut to stop the recording. The video will be automatically saved in your Videos folder as an MP4 file. 
  6. To view it, launch File Explorer and navigate to your Videos folder. You can also upload it to YouTube or other streaming services for others to watch and share with friends. 

Recording your gameplay using Xbox Game Bar is an easy and effective way to capture your gaming experiences.

macOS Screenshot Tool

The macOS Screenshot Tool is an invaluable tool for capturing and sharing screenshots quickly and easily. With the macOS Screenshot Tool you can take a screenshot of any part of your display, including a specific window or the entire screen, and save it as an image file in various formats, such as JPG, PNG, and PDF. You can also choose to copy the screenshot to your clipboard so that you can paste it into other applications, such as emails, documents, or presentations. 

The macOS Screenshot Tool also allows you to annotate the screenshots with text or shapes, making them even more useful when communicating ideas effectively. You can even set a timer for taking screenshots if necessary. 

You can also use this program to record the screen. All you have to do is open the application, choose your recording area, and then start recording. You can even adjust various settings, such as video resolution and frame rate, before starting your recording session. After you’re finished recording, you can export your videos in various formats, including MP4, MOV, AVI, and GIFs.

To get started with the macOS Screenshot Tool: 

  1. Open Finder on your Mac and search for “Screenshot” or locate it in the Applications folder. 
  2. Double-click the Screenshot app icon to open the application and select “Record Screen” from the top menu bar. 
  3. A window will appear asking for permission to access your camera and microphone. Click “OK” to allow access.
  4. Choose the area of your screen you want to record by selecting either a predefined region or drawing a custom box. You can also choose whether or not you’d like to include mouse clicks in your recording, as well as set the video resolution and frame rate. 
  5. When everything is set, click on the red Record button at the bottom right corner of the window and start recording! When you’re finished recording, press “Stop” and save your file. 
  6. To export your recording, navigate to the File menu, select “Export”, and choose your desired format from the list of available options. You can also publish your video to YouTube or another supported platform. 

Now that you know how to use the macOS Screenshot Tool, you can capture any moment on screen with ease, from a gaming session to a tutorial video.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a powerful and versatile tool for recording video from your computer screen. It can capture any active window, application window, or full-screen display on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. Moreover, it supports capturing images with multiple audio tracks and outputting the resulting recordings to various formats. 

To record the screen, do the following:

  1. Once you have downloaded and installed OBS Studio to your computer, you’ll need to set up the software to start recording. To begin with, open the program and navigate to the “Settings” menu located at the bottom of the main window. Under this tab, you can configure the general settings of OBS Studio, including frame rates, resolutions, compression levels, etc. 
  2. Next, you’ll need to create a “Scene”. A scene is the area of your recording that will be captured and displayed on the output video. To create a scene, go to the “Scene” tab located at the bottom of the main window and click the “+” button. If you want to capture a specific application window or full-screen display, select it from this menu. 
  3. Once you have created your Scene, you can now add sources for video capturing. Sources are basically windows, applications, or images that OBS Studio will capture and record in your output video. To add sources, drag and drop them from the upper left corner into your Scene area. You can also adjust any of the properties for each source, such as audio levels, scaling, etc.
  4. Once you have added all your sources, it’s time to record your screen! To do this, press the “Start Recording” button at the bottom of the main window. This will start recording and saving your output video in the format that you specified during setup. Once you are finished, click on “Stop Recording” to end your capture session and save the resulting file. 

Following these steps will allow you to quickly and easily record Screen with OBS Studio.

Free Cam

Recording the screen with a free cam is a great way to capture moments of your life or work that you want to remember. It can be used for anything, from capturing funny reactions to taking screenshots of important documents. Free Cam offers an easy-to-use interface and features, such as cutting and adding annotations. Here’s how to record the screen using Free Cam: 

  1. Download the app to your device and open it up. 
  2. Set up your preferences in the options tab, including whether you want to record audio or not, what resolution you want to use, frame rate, etc.
  3. Choose where you want your recordings saved by clicking on the “Change Location” option.
  4. Select your recording area by clicking and dragging with your mouse to select the desired portion of the screen you want to record. 
  5. Press the Record button (located at the bottom right corner of the screen). 
  6. When you are finished recording, press the Stop button (also located at the bottom right corner).
  7. You can now view and edit your recordings using Free Cam’s built-in editor or export them to various file formats.  

Using Free Cam is an easy way to record your desktop or any other activity that you need to capture for later viewing or sharing with others.


Screen recording is an invaluable tool for capturing and preserving important moments on your computer screen. It can be used to showcase new products or services, create tutorials, and guide customers through complex processes. It can also provide a visual dimension when delivering presentations or engaging with colleagues. 

The benefits of using screen recording are clear. However, not all users know where to start. This guide provides an overview of the most common features available to recorders so they can optimize their video recordings and maximize their potential impact.