How to Record Your Computer Screen on Windows and Mac?

Recording your computer screen on Windows 10 and 11 is a straightforward process that can be beneficial for various purposes, such as capturing lectures, meetings, or gaming sessions. If you need to share your screen during video conferences on platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, or Skype, it can significantly enhance your overall experience. Here are the steps to record your computer screen using the built-in Xbox Game Bar feature:

Enabling Xbox Game Bar:

  • Click on the Windows icon located in the lower-left corner of your screen.
  • Select “Settings” (represented by a gear icon).
  • In the Settings search section, type “Enable Xbox Game Bar” and select it when it appears.
  • Slide the toggle under Xbox Game Bar to the right to enable the feature.

    Record Your Computer Screen
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Steps to capture your screen on video:

  1. After opening the application you want to record, simultaneously press the Windows Key and “G” to open the Game Bar dialog.
  2. You may see a prompt asking if you want to open the Game Bar for a game; even if it’s not a game, check the box that says, “Yes, this is a game.”
  3. The recording program window will now be visible, and you can start recording by clicking the “Start recording” button (or pressing Win + Alt + R).
  4. To stop the recording, click the red stop button, or you can press Win + G for the same result.
  5. If you wish to include your commentary in the recording, you can use the Xbox Game Bar’s microphone feature by pressing the microphone button in the top right corner of the screen under capture status.
  6. Once you’re done recording and want to view your recordings, you can find them in a folder called “Captures,” which is located in your computer’s video folder. If you’re having trouble locating it, open the Xbox Game Bar and press “Show All Captures” to access your videos.

For Mac computers, the process is different:

To record your screen on a Mac computer, you can use the Screenshot player, and the process is quick and easy:

  1. To record the entire screen, press Shift + Command + 5.
  2. If you only want to record a specific portion of the screen, you can select that area for recording while leaving the rest out.
  3. Onscreen controls will appear after pressing the three keys together, which provide options like stop and play. You can also use the toolbar to capture a still image.

By following these steps, you can easily record your computer screen on both Windows and Mac computers, making it convenient to share and preserve important content for various purposes.

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