Have you ever encountered a situation where you needed to create impressive screen recordings? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to create video tutorials for business training. Maybe you just want a better way to record Zoom meetings or other videoconference events.
In the past, you’d have to invest in complicated software to do this well — not to mention, learn how to use the software. But Microsoft has actually provided a powerful and simple way to do this built right into Windows 10.
The steps to begin simple screen recording on Windows 10 are pretty straightforward. Here’s how to screen record Windows 10 content:
- Open the Xbox Game Bar application.
- Use the Capture widget to start a screen recording
- Click the Record button again to stop and save the recording
Let’s look at each of these steps in greater detail.
1. Open the Game Bar
To get started with simple screen recording in Windows 10, you’ll need to launch the Game Bar. This is an Xbox-branded suite of tools designed primarily with gamers in mind, but it provides plenty of productivity for business users as well.
To launch Game Bar, simply click in the search area of the task bar (next to the main button to open the Start menu) and type in “game bar.” The top result should be Xbox Game Bar, which is what you need to open.
There’s also a handy keyboard shortcut to launch Xbox Game Bar. Hold down the Windows key and press G to quickly launch Xbox Game Bar.
This application is designed to run over the top of whatever else you’re doing (usually, gaming). The app should run well and consume only minimal system resources no matter what’s going on in the background.
2. Use the Capture Widget to Get Started
Once you’ve launched Xbox Game Bar, you should see several widgets overlaying your screen. In the top left is the Capture widget. Simply click the Record button to begin a screen recording session. You’ll see other controls here, too, like a microphone/mute toggle and a webcam toggle.
Lower down, you’ll see an Audio widget, which you can use to manage volume levels if you have multiple audio components to your presentation. On the right side of the screen you’ll see performance info and Xbox social content, neither of which you’ll likely need to worry about.
Your screen recording begins as soon as you click the button, so make sure your desktop is displaying what you want and that you’re ready to begin before you click that button.
3. Click the Record Button Again to Stop and Save
When you’ve finished your screen recording, simply click the Record button on the Capture widget a second time to stop the recording. Your video will automatically save, located under “show all captures.” From there, you can upload your screen capture or begin editing it in your favorite video editing application.
Whether you’re looking to create dynamic training videos or simply need a quick and easy way to record videoconference calls, the Xbox Game Bar is a powerful Windows 10 app that’s easy to learn and simple to use.
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