Recording your screen is a great way to capture a process, or even something fun or interesting. Windows 11 comes with a built-in solution for screen recording, but you can use other apps as well.
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Record your screen with Xbox Game Bar
The only built-in solution to record your screen in Windows 11 is to use Xbox Game Bar, which comes with Windows 11 by default. To open Xbox Game Bar, press the keyboard shortcut Windows + G or find it in the start menu.
The Xbox Game Bar will appear at the top of the screen. Click the “Camera” icon to open the capture window.
The capture window is where you can select the option to record your screen. However, you’ll want to enable (or disable) your microphone before doing so. If you want to talk while recording your screen, make sure the microphone icon isn’t crossed out with a line, or vice versa.
When you’re ready to record, click the “Record” button, which is the button with a solid white circle.
Your screen will start recording. When you’re done, click the “Stop” button, which is a solid white square. It is located in the same place where the Record button was previously.
To find your recording, click “Show all captures” at the bottom of the capture window.
That’s all about it!
Screen Recording with Microsoft PowerPoint
While not a built-in method, PowerPoint was developed by the same company as Windows, so you can safely use this app to record your screen without worrying about junk software that often comes with third-party downloads.
To record your screen with PowerPoint, open PowerPoint, click the “Insert” tab, and then select “Screen Recording” in the Media group.
PowerPoint will disappear and a small bar will appear at the top of the screen. To the right of the menu bar, you can choose whether you want to record audio and/or your cursor. If the option is highlighted in peach then it is enabled and vice versa.
Next, you will need to select the area of the screen you want to record. Your cursor is a plus sign by default once the menu bar appears, so click and drag your mouse across the screen to select the area you want to record. The area is framed by a perforated red line.
When you’re ready to burn, click the “Burn” option on the menu bar.
Your screen will start recording. You can pause your recording by clicking the “Pause” option on the menu bar and resume by clicking “Play”, which will only appear if you pause your screen. Or, if you’re done recording, click “Stop” which is the solid blue square.
Please note that the menu bar will disappear when recording. To make it appear again, move the mouse to the top of the screen.
Once you’ve finished recording, the recording will appear on your PowerPoint slide. To download it, right-click on the recording and then select “Save Media As” from the context menu.
From there, simply select a location you’d like to save your recording to on your PC.
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Capture your screen using a third-party app
You can also use a third-party app to record your screen in Windows 11, and they certainly aren’t lacking. When looking for a third-party app, make sure you only download from an authentic source. In other words, if you want to download Screenpresso (which works quite well), make sure you download it from its official website.
If you’ve decided to go the third-party app route, make sure you’re using antivirus software. Be diligent when downloading stuff online and always make sure you follow basic cybersecurity practices.
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