Recording your computer screen can seem daunting at first. Especially if you don't have the right tools at your disposal. You might want to record a presentation while rehearsing your speech or share a game with friends.
Either way, recording your screen in Windows 10 is super easy. If you know the right combination of keyboard keys, you can start recording whenever you want. While the built-in functionality is quite powerful, it's no match for dedicated apps whose sole purpose is to capture anything on your screen.
How to Record Your Screen in Windows 10 with Built-in Software
Windows 10 comes with built-in screen recording software. Originally designed to record the games you play, you can also use it to record everything you do on your computer.
The first step is to enable this option in the Windows settings menu.
- press the Start button on your keyboard.
- Now start entering the parameters. The link to the Settings the app will appear. Click on it.
- In the Settings menu, click the Games option. The game bar menu opens.
- Enable Record Game Clips, Screenshots, and Stream using Game Bar by clicking the toggle switch to the On position.
There is also another way to bring up the Settings menu using a hotkey. Press the Windows key and the letter "I" at the same time and the menu will appear.
Now that you have successfully activated the Game Bar, it's time to start recording.
- Choose the application for which you want to record your actions. It could be your desktop, your web browser, a video game, or even a movie you're playing on your computer.
- On your keyboard, press the the Windows and the letter ‘G’ keys at the same time. This will bring up the recording overlay on your screen. It consists of several widgets, such as Capture, Audio, and Performance.
- To start recording, click the record button in the Capture widget.
- Now just click anywhere on your screen to hide the game bar overlay. A small widget will appear on the right edge of the screen, showing you the current recording time. It also lets you stop recording, as well as turn the microphone on or off if you have one. Once the recording is complete, click the Stop button on the small widget.
- A game clip recording notification will appear. If you click on it, a folder will open in Windows Explorer, where you can see the video file you just recorded.
Of course, you don't have to bring up the game bar every time you want to record something. There is a hotkey that allows you to instantly start or stop recording your screen. Just press the Windows, Alt and R keys at the same time and the recording will start. To stop recording, press the same combination again: Win + Alt + R.
The 3 Best Party Options
If Windows' built-in recorder doesn't provide the level of options you need, there are other alternatives to consider. Depending on the options you need, here are three apps that will definitely cover your needs.
Studio OBS is the absolute champion of screen recording, and it's completely free. Short for Open Broadcaster Software, the main trick here is that it is an open source product. That means there are no ads and updates keep coming, making it more powerful with each iteration. It is available for Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.
With Flash-Back Express you get a free version of the paid software. Simpler than OBS, it is perfect for anyone who has never used such software. What's great about the free version is that it has no time limit for your recordings and there is no watermark that appears on your video.
Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder
Unlike OBS Studio and FlashBack Express, Apowersoft Recorder is not a standalone software. Instead, you run it directly from a web browser on your computer. It might not be ideal for capturing gameplay footage, but it's great for everything else. Whether you want to record a presentation or a video chat, this web app is great at what it does.
How can I also record sound effects from the computer while recording my screencast?
In most screen recording software, capturing computer audio is set by default. Thanks to this, you won't have to fumble with the options to enable audio capture as well.
If you don't want to include computer audio in your recording, you can do this in two ways. Depending on the software you are using, it may have an option to mute computer sounds while recording. The end result will be a completely silent video. If the software does not provide this option, you will need to edit the audio of your video.
How can I also record a voiceover and match it to my screencast?
To be able to record your voice on a video, you will need to connect a microphone to your computer. If you're recording on your laptop, chances are it already has a built-in microphone. When you start recording with the built-in Windows recording, just tap the Enable Microphone button on the little widget. This will record everything you say to your microphone until you stop recording. Of course, if you need to, you can disable and re-enable the microphone input at any time during recording. This will not affect the recording itself visually.
How do I target a specific monitor for recording?
If you connect several monitors to your computer, it is also possible to choose the one from which you will record. Depending on the application you are using, the process may differ slightly. Essentially, you'll need to go to the list of video sources recognized by your software and select the specific monitor you want.
If the software does not recognize your second monitor by default, you may need to add it. To do this, add a new source to your recording software and assign the monitor you want to capture to this source.
Can I register more than one monitor at a time?
Yes you can. Again, depending on the software you use, the way you do this can be automatic or manual. If the process is automatic, you just need to select the monitors you want to use for capturing.
For manual configuration, you may need to define the recording canvas you want to use. For example, if you want to capture two Full HD monitors side by side, the canvas should be twice that size in width. In this case, the single monitor resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels. Therefore, the recording size will need to be twice the width of 1920, or 3840 × 1080 pixels.
Now that you know how to record a screencast in Windows 10, you can delegate this task to a built-in recorder or a dedicated app. Whether you want to capture part of your favorite game or record a video call with your friends, it will now be a breeze.
Did you manage to record a screencast on your computer? Are you using the built-in Windows recorder or one of the apps mentioned? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.