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How to Screen Record in Windows 10

Learn how to make a screen recording in Windows 10 for free. All you need is either a few keyboard shortcuts for a game play recording, or the latest Microsoft Office for recording absolutely everything on your screen.

To Record a Game with Audio

  1. Make sure you have your game open.
  2. Press the Windows + G combination on your keyboard to open the Xbox Game Capture toolbox.
  3. You can adjust the settings, whether you want to include a microphone recording for a voice over, or to broadcast live for your Xbox friends etc. Click the Record button when ready.
  4. Click the Stop button on the right side of the screen to stop the recording. 
  5. Click the Game Clip Recorded notification to open the Xbox Captures window.
  6. From here you can choose to rename, trim or delete the recorded video of your game play. Click Open Folder to see the saved video.
Using the Xbox Game Capture tool is limited to games and a few apps. To record everything on your screen instead, use the method below. You will need the latest version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Record Everything on the Screen

  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint.
  2. Open a blank presentation (or a saved presentation, if you want the captured video included in it, just make sure you create a new slide for it).
  3. Navigate to the Insert tab and click on Screen Recording.
  4. You can again disable or enable the Mic audio recording if you also want to do a voiceover, or if you want to include the Mouse Pointer in the recording. 
  5. You can drag an area to record, or press the combination of Shift + Windows + F keys on your keyboard to capture the Full Screen.
  6. Press the Record when ready. The toolbox will disappear and you will be given a countdown of 3 seconds to get ready to record.
  7. Press the combination of Shift + Windows + Q keys on your keyboard to stop recording.
  8. You will be returned to the PowerPoint presentation, where the captured video will be saved. If you recorded a long video, it might take a few seconds to appear. Be patient.
  9. You can edit this video in your presentation, just as you would with any other object in a PowerPoint presentation. You can also right-click and click the Trim button to trim the video.
  10. Now you can either use it in your presentation, or you can save this video file separately as a MP4 file by right-clicking to bring up the context menu, and click Save Media as.
  11. You will now be shown the window where you can choose where to save it and give it a name. 
  12. Click the Save button.

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