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The Easiest Way to Record Your Screen in Windows 10: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Deborah from InVideo
August 18, 2021
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Screen recording is a nifty feature that’s useful for a number of things, especially when it comes to creating tutorials. If a screenshot is worth a thousand words, then screen recording goes several steps further.  

Not just that, we will also show you how you can turn your screen recordings into professional videos using InVideo’s online editor.

In this article, we'll show you

1. How to screen record on Windows 10?
2. How to record video on any Windows 10 or other PCs?
3. Bonus: How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes?

1. How to screen record on Windows 10?

On Windows 10, you can record your screen using the built-in tool - Game Bar. It was designed essentially to capture PC and Xbox gaming sessions, but it can also be used to record other apps and activities. 

First, enable Game Mode on your system:

Step 1: Click on the start menu and then select settings  

How to screen record on Windows 10_ Step 1

Step 2: From the Settings window, Click on Gaming.

How to screen record on Windows 10_ Step 2

Step 3: Go to Game Mode and enable Game Mode

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Note: To check the maximum duration of how long a screen recording can be, head over to Game Bar’s settings. Click on the Start menu and hit Settings. Click on Gaming. Under Captures will be the option for Background Recording. Select from the maximum recording time drop-down from 30 minutes to 4 hours.

How to screen record on Windows 10_ Step 4

Now you’re all set to record your screen. Windows 10 Game Bar can only support screen recording of one application at a time. This means, you can’t switch to recording another window or ALT + TAB your way after you’ve started recording. Also note that you cannot record your Desktop or File Explorer or Maps. 

With that, let’s get down to the steps you can use to record your screen using the Game Bar.

Step 1: Open the app you want to record. Close other windows and make sure there’s no unwanted audio that will sneak its way into your recording.

Step 2: Press the Windows + G on your keyboard. This should open up the Game Bar.

screen record using the Game Bar - step 2

Step 3: In the ‘Capture’ window, click on the Camera icon to take a screenshot. To start recording your screen, click on the circle with the dot (or press Windows + Alt + R).

screen record using the Game Bar - step 3

Step 4: Once you start recording, a capture status with a timer, recording controls and a microphone will appear. The mic is to switch on and off external sounds to record commentary. Internal sounds will be recorded by default.

screen record using the Game Bar - step 4

Step 5: Click on the stop button or press Windows + Alt + R again to stop recording.

Step 6: A pop up will appear on the right side saying ‘Game clip recorded’. Click on the pop-up to see that your screen recording is saved in the ‘Captures’ folder in File Explorer.

screen record using the Game Bar - step 6

2. How to record video on Windows 10 or any PC?

Now that we’ve covered screen recording on Windows 10, let’s see how you can record videos on Windows 10 or any other PC.

Just follow these simple steps:

Step1: Hit that start menu and launch the ‘Camera’ app which is also available under the list of All Apps.

How to record video on Windows 10 or any PC - step 1

Step 2: Once the camera is opened, there are options on the right to choose from, photo or video mode. The app will allow you to record a maximum of three hours.  

How to record video on Windows 10 or any PC - step 2

Step 3: Once you have finished recording your video, they are saved by default to the Camera Roll folder. 

How to record video on Windows 10 or any PC - step 3

If you’re using a PC to record videos without an in-built camera, you will need to connect a webcam to your PC. Here’s a super easy tutorial to help you screen record and take a video at the same time.

And for better quality and more freedom in terms of video recording duration, a third-party app will be required. Head on over here to see InVideo’s curation of the best webcam recording softwares available right now.

3. BONUS: How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes?

You’ve got your recording and the screen capture. Now, If you want to make an impact and go the extra mile, you’d want to turn your screen-recordings into fully-edited videos with music and text. That’s where an online video editor like InVideo can come in handy. You can easily create professional-quality videos in minutes even if you’ve never edited a video before.

Here’s how you can use InVideo to make all the difference:

Step 1: Sign-up for an InVideo account if you haven’t already. Click on “Blank Canvas”, select a dimension, then click “Make a Video” to get started.

How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes_step 1

Step 2: You’ll now be taken to the InVideo editor. Click on the “Upload Media” button or drag and drop your files to the centre to the editor

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Step 3: Once uploaded, drag your video to the center in the workspace to begin making your changes. A pop up will ask you if you want to trim your video. Make any changes you want to or use the full version. And now your visuals are all set.  

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Step 4: Once done, it’s time to pick from InVideo’s in-built collection of music across moods, genres, sfx and more from the music icon located on the left of the screen. Alternatively, if you’d like to add your own music to this project, simply click on the Upload music option on the right of the search bar to upload files from your system.

How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes_step 4

Step 5: Drag and adjust the timeline - to sync the music to your text and visual elements.  

How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes_step 5

Step 6: Once you’re done tinkering, click on the Download & Share button, select your video’s quality, then hit “Export”. 

How to turn your screen recordings into professional videos in minutes_step 6

Step 7: If you’d like to add text to your video, simply click on the text tab from the row of options on the left hand side. Select a from a collection of fonts and typographies. 

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Step 8: And you’re done! Download the video or share it directly on your social media platforms.

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Wrapping up - 

There you have it, you’ve learned how to screen record on Windows 10 and you’ve also figured out how to record videos on Windows 10 and other PCs, and you also know how to turn your screen recordings into professional videos using InVideo’s online editor. If you want to further deep-dive into what are the best webcam recording softwares of 2022, check out this post where we cover exactly that. 

And if you have any other questions or want to continue the conversation, hop on over to the IV community where you’ll be able to collaborate and learn from 25K other creators and marketers just like you. 

FAQs 

1. How do I record my screen on Windows 10 for free?

You can record your screen on Windows 10 for free using the in-built tool Game Bar. You can screen record up to 4 hours and a single application at a time. You cannot screen record your desktop or file explorer. 

2. Where do screen recordings go in Windows 10?

Your screen recordings are all stored by default in the Captures folder. Head to Gaming from settings. Click on Captures from the options available on the left. All your screenshots and screen recordings are stored here. 

3. How long can windows screen record?

With Game Bar, you can record your screen for up to 4 hours at a time. 

4. How do I record video and audio on my laptop?

If you’re using a Windows 10 laptop, your machine features the in-built universal app, ‘Camera’ which allows you to record audio and video on a PC. The in-built camera will automatically record all audio while recording. 

 

 

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