How to Record Your Screen on Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How to Record Your Screen on Windows 11

So you finally got your hands on Windows 11 and you want to show off the new user interface in front of your friends who are probably stuck with Windows 10. Or, you're an avid gamer with knack for recording streams? Whoever you are, you may be wondering how you can record screen in Windows 11? Or more specifically, how can you record the screen on Windows 11 with sound?

We've got it all sorted out for you. Here are some pretty simple ways to record screen in Windows 11.

Method 1: Use the Xbox Game Bar Application

Windows 11 has an inbuilt game bar application that can help you record your screen easily and quickly. However, it does not allow you to record the whole screen but rather it records certain application screens and does not give the user control over the region that is being recorded. The Windows 11 game bar is originally designed to record scenes of your favorite game and how you play it. Steps on the recording screen using the game bar application on Windows 11 PC:

1. First, open the recorder app by typing Xbox Game Bar on the search menu of your PC and click on the app.

2. After opening the app, you'll encounter multiple small panels. To adjust the speaker/headphone or system sounds, you can access the Audio panel option.

3. From the capture panel, one can choose the Mic for using it while capturing gameplay. While the shorthand key for it is Windows+Alt+M.

4. Once you open a video game or Google Chrome Browser, you can click on the "recording" icon to start the recording from the Capture panel. You can also use the shorthand key for it as Windows + Alt + R.

5. After capturing the video, you can click on the stop recording icon on the Capture Status Bar.

6. A small message window will show up that your window has been successfully recorded. One can access the video by clicking on the message or choose the show all captures option.

Method 2: Record your screen with PowerPoint

Although the Xbox Game Bar is built into Windows 11, most people also have PowerPoint installed, which includes its own screen capture utility to save recordings in the slideshow. Using this method allows you to export the video from the slideshow to any folder on your computer, so you can use the recording just like you would any video file.

1. Open the PowerPoint app and open a new file.

2. Click on the Insert menu on the top and then choose the screen recording button. The screen will dim and a toolbar will appear.

3. Now select the region, you want to record and click on the red button to begin the recording.

4. Once you are satisfied with your recording, you can click on Windows Keys + Shift + Q to end this recording.

5. Save your recording by making a right-click on the PowerPoint slide with the recording and then from the context menu, choose Save Media from the list.

6. Select the destination where you want to save the file and click on Ok.

Method 3: Record Your Screen With ShareX

ShareX is a free screen recording software that allows you to record your screen and save it as an MP4 video or GIF image. You need to download ShareX and install it, then follow these steps:

1. Click Capture then select Screen recording to create MP4 video or Screen recording (GIF) to create GIF images. You can also press the keyboard shortcut Shift + Print Screen to record a screen video in MP4 format and Ctrl + Shift + Print Screen to create a GIF image.

2. Select the area you want to shoot. Recording will begin as soon as you've made your selections. You can click and drag to create a video recording area. To rotate a window, hover over the window so it is highlighted then click once on the window. To record the entire screen, select desktop.

3. To stop recording, right-click the red button on the Taskbar and then select Stop. Press Abort to stop recording and discard the recorded video.

4. Select the video in ShareX to open it or right-click it then click Open > Foler to access the file save location. Here you can edit, share or rename...

Method 4: Record Your Screen with OBS Studio

OBS Studio is a software that is quite popular with streamers because it is free and has the ability to stream content to different platforms. However, in this article, we will only focus on the screen recording capabilities of this software.

1. You need to download and install OBS Studio. When you run OBS Studio for the first time, you will be given a choice of what to use the tool for. If not streaming, click on the second option to optimize for screen recording.

2. In the main screen of the application, click the Plus button (+) below the Sources section to add a content source.

3. You choose Display Capture.

4. You click OK. You can name the content source anything you want instead of Display Capture.

5. Select the screen you want to record (if there are multiple screens) and then press OK.

6. Click the Start Recording button.

7. Minimize OBS if the screen you record is the screen on which OBS is open.

8. Press Stop Recording in OBS when you're done recording.

9. By default, screen capture videos with OBS Studio will be saved in the Videos folder on Windows 11. They will be saved as .mkv format by default. To edit, save in .mp4 format, you need to go to Settings > Output in OBS Studio.

Above are the tools and software to help you record the Windows 11 screen. There are many other tools, but I cannot list them all. If you have any good suggestions, please share them with us.

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