Recording your screen on Windows 11 is easy with the built-in tools. Whether you want to create tutorials, bug replication videos, or just capture something funny to share, Windows 11 offers a few options for recording your on-screen activities.
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Use the Snipping Tool (Recommended)
The Snipping Tool app that comes pre-installed on Windows 11 includes a screen recorder feature. Here’s how to use it:
1. Open the Snipping Tool
Search for “Snipping Tool” on the Start menu or taskbar and launch the app. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows + Shift + S.
2. Switch to Screen Recorder Mode
In the top right, click on the Camera icon to switch to the Screen Recorder.
3. Set Up Recording Area
By default, the entire screen will be recorded. To select a specific area, click and drag your mouse to draw a rectangle.
4. Start Recording
Click the Record button or press Windows + Alt + R to start capturing your screen. Perform your on-screen activities.
5. Stop Recording
When done, press Windows + Alt + R again or click the square Stop button to finish recording. Your MP4 video will be saved to Videos > Captures.
The Snipping Tool recorder is easy to use and handy for quick videos. However, it does not capture audio from your speakers or mic.
Use Xbox Game Bar
The Xbox Game Bar built into Windows 11 can record your screen with audio. Here’s how:
1. Launch the Game Bar
Press Windows key + G to open the Xbox Game Bar.
2. Start Recording
Click on the Camera icon or press Windows + Alt + R to immediately begin recording your screen, mic, and audio output.
3. Stop Recording
Press Windows + Alt + R again or click the square Stop button when you finish. The video will be saved to Videos > Captures.
The Game Bar recorder captures audio and works well for games and apps. But it can only record your entire screen.
Use Third-Party Recorders
If you need advanced recording options like webcam capture, annotations, mouse highlight, etc., use a third-party tool like:
- ScreenRec – Free and easy program with helpful features
- Camtasia – Robust recorder and video editor, 30-day free trial
- OBS Studio – Open source software with tons of customization
These tools give you more control over your recordings.
Follow these tips for better quality when capturing your screen:
- Script and practice – Plan out what you’ll show and say to avoid mistakes.
- Reduce background noise – Turn off fans, music, etc. for clean audio.
- Highlight cursor – Enable mouse click effects to showcase navigation.
- Pause when needed – Split long recordings into multiple files to stay organized.
- Record in HD – Set recorder to 1080p or 4K resolution for sharp image.
- Check settings – Adjust frame rate, aspect ratio, mic input as needed.
With the built-in Xbox Game Bar and Snipping Tool recorder, third-party software, and these tips, you’ll be able to easily record high-quality videos of your Windows 11 screen activities.