How to Record Your Screen on Windows, Mac, and More: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Record Your Screen on Windows, Mac, and More: A Step-by-Step Guide

Whether you're creating a tutorial, giving a presentation, or simply want to save a memorable video call, knowing how to record your screen can be incredibly useful. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps for recording your screen across various platforms, including Windows, Mac, and more.

For Windows Users: Using the Built-in Xbox Game Bar

Windows 10 and 11 come with a built-in tool called the Xbox Game Bar, designed primarily for gamers but excellent for any screen recording.


  1. Open Xbox Game Bar: Press Win + G on your keyboard to open the Game Bar.
  2. Enable Screen Recording: Click on the ‘Capture’ widget to open the recording options.
  3. Record: To start recording, click the ‘Start Recording’ button or press Win + Alt + R.
  4. Stop Recording: Click the ‘Stop Recording’ button in the Capture widget or press Win + Alt + R again.
  5. Access Your Recording: Find your recorded video in the ‘Videos’ folder, under ‘Captures’.

For Mac Users: QuickTime Player and Screenshot Toolbar

MacOS offers two native methods to record your screen: QuickTime Player and the Screenshot Toolbar.

Using QuickTime Player:

  1. Open QuickTime Player: Find it in your Applications folder.
  2. Start New Recording: Go to ‘File’ > ‘New Screen Recording’.
  3. Record: Press the ‘Record’ button. You can choose to record the full screen or drag to select an area.
  4. Stop Recording: Click the ‘Stop’ button in the menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc.
  5. Save: Go to ‘File’ > ‘Save’ and choose your desired location.

Using Screenshot Toolbar:

  1. Open Toolbar: Press Command + Shift + 5.
  2. Choose Recording Type: Select ‘Record Entire Screen’ or ‘Record Selected Portion’.
  3. Record: Click ‘Record’ in the toolbar.
  4. Stop Recording: Click the ‘Stop’ button in the menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc.
  5. Edit and Save: The recording will appear in the bottom-right corner. Click it to edit, or wait for it to save automatically to your desktop.

For Chrome OS: Using the Built-in Screen Capture Tool

Chromebooks have a simple, built-in screen capture tool.


  1. Access the Tool: Press the ‘Everything Button’ (or ‘Launcher Key’) + ‘Shift’ + ‘Screen capture’.
  2. Select Mode: Choose between ‘Screen record’ and ‘Screenshot’.
  3. Choose Area: Select ‘Full screen’, ‘Partial screen’, or ‘Window’.
  4. Record: Click the ‘Record’ button.
  5. Stop Recording: Click the ‘Stop’ button in the bottom-right of your screen.
  6. Find Your Video: Your recording will be saved in the ‘Downloads’ folder.

For Linux: Using Kazam

Kazam is a popular screen recording tool for Linux users.


  1. Install Kazam: If it’s not pre-installed, you can find it in your software repository.
  2. Launch Kazam: Open it from your applications menu.
  3. Configure Settings: Select the area of the screen you want to record and adjust settings.
  4. Record: Press the ‘Record’ button.
  5. Stop Recording: Finish by clicking the ‘Stop’ button in your taskbar.
  6. Save Your Video: Choose where to save your recording.

For Mobile Devices: iOS and Android


  1. Add Screen Recording to Control Center: Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Control Center’ > ‘Customize Controls’, then tap ‘+’ next to ‘Screen Recording’.
  2. Record: Swipe down from the upper-right corner to open Control Center, then tap the ‘Record’ button.
  3. Stop Recording: Tap the red status bar at the top of your screen and tap ‘Stop’.


  1. Access Screen Recording: Swipe down twice from the top of the screen to access the ‘Quick Settings’ panel.
  2. Find Screen Record: Look for the ‘Screen Record’ icon. If it’s not there, you may need to edit your Quick Settings to add it.
  3. Record: Tap the ‘Screen Record’ icon and follow the prompts.
  4. Stop Recording: Pull down the notification shade and tap the ‘Stop’ notification.


No matter your device, screen recording is a straightforward process that can be mastered in minutes. Whether you're using Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, or a mobile device, the steps provided here will help you capture whatever is happening on your screen effectively. Remember to respect privacy and copyright when sharing recordings. Now that you're equipped with this knowledge, go forth and record!

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