Screen recording is now a standard feature in almost all operating systems. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated built-in screen recording tool in Windows 11, but you can do so using the pre-installed Xbox Game Bar, PowerPoint, Clipchamp, or third-party software. Today, we’ll go over several methods for recording your screen in Windows 11 and answer frequently asked questions about the subject.
How to Use the Xbox Game Bar to Record the Screen in Windows 11
Xbox Game Bar is a native Windows 11 app that comes pre-installed on all current Windows operating systems. It’s no surprise, given that Microsoft owns both Windows and Xbox. Even if you’re not a gamer, you can record the screen in Windows 11 using the Xbox Game Bar. Here’s how you do it:
- Use the “Win + G” keyboard shortcut to access the Xbox Game Bar. Alternatively, in the Start menu, look for “Xbox Game Bar.”
- When you first launch the Xbox Game Bar, you’ll see a dialogue box asking you to enable the gaming features. Screen recording is impossible without this permission, so check the box.
- A camera icon will appear in the Xbox Game Bar Widget menu. Click it to reveal the screen recording option, along with keyboard shortcut hints.
- Start a short 30-second screen recording by pressing the “Win + Alt + G” keyboard shortcut or clicking on the encircled arrow icon. The recording will end in 30 seconds unless you stop it earlier with the same shortcut.
- To begin a new unlimited time recording, use the “Win + Alt + R” keyboard screenshot or click on the dark circle icon. To finish the recording, use the same keyboard shortcut.
Screen recordings made with the Xbox Gam Bar can be found in the “Captions” section of the “Videos” folder.
How to Use PowerPoint to Record the Screen in Windows 11
If you have a subscription to Microsoft PowerPoint and use it for studies or work, you can record your screen using the app. The screen recording functionality in PowerPoint isn’t as advanced as that of Xbox Game Bar, but it gets the job done. Follow the steps outlined below:
- Press the Start button and type “PowerPoint” into the search box. Alternatively, if PowerPoint is on the Pinned or Recommended app list, click the PowerPoint icon.
- In the menu bar, select the “Insert” tab.
- In the upper right corner of your screen, select “Screen Recording.”
- Hold down the left mouse button and drag the red box to select the recording area. When the area has been selected, release the mouse button.
- Press the “Record” button to begin recording. By default, the microphone is turned on, but you can turn it off by tapping the microphone icon in the widget menu.
- To stop the recording, press the “Win + Shift + Q” keyboard shortcut.
- Your recorded presentation will be integrated into your current PowerPoint presentation. To save the video locally, right-click on the recording and select “Save Media as” from the dropdown menu. The recording can then be removed from your presentation.
How to Use Clipchamp to Record the Screen in Windows 11
Clipchamp is a video editor that comes pre-installed with Windows 11 and includes a screen recording feature. The app is simple to use, but the maximum video length is 30 seconds and the quality is limited to 480p in the free version. The paid version of the app supports 1080p video quality and unlimited length. Clipchamp can be used as follows:
- In the Start menu, type “Clipchamp.”
- Log in using your Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Dropbox credentials.
- In the Home menu, under the “Start with a recording” section, select “Screen and Camera.”
- Before you begin recording, allow the app access to your camera and microphone.
- From the left-hand menu, select “Screen Recording.”
- To begin recording, press the large red button in the center of your screen.
- Choose whether to record the entire screen or a specific window, then click “Share.”
- The recording will begin immediately. To end it, click “Stop Sharing.”
- Choose “Save and Edit,” make your changes, and then click “Export.” The recording can be found in your “Downloads” folder.
Third-Party Solutions for Screen Recording in Windows 11
Consider using third-party tools if you find the screen recording feature in Xbox Game Bar inconvenient or lacking in functionality. Fortunately, there is no shortage of high-quality software for Windows 11. For example, here’s how to record the screen of Windows 11 using OBS software:
- Go to the official OBS website and select “Windows” to get an installation file for your operating system.
- Launch the.exe installation file and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation. The procedure usually takes only a few minutes.
- Open the OBS app. A Configuration Wizard window will appear. Click “Next” after selecting “Optimize only for recording; I will not be streaming.”
- To complete the configuration, click “Apply Settings.” You will be directed to the dashboard.
- Select “Display Capture” from the plus icon in the “Scene” section in the bottom left corner of your screen.
- In the Properties dialog box, click “Ok,” then “Ok” again.
- In the bottom right corner, click “Settings.”
- Choose the location of your OBS screen recordings and click “Ok.”
- When everything is in place, click “Start Recording” to begin recording.
- When you’re done recording, tap “Stop Recording.”
You could also use the app Free Cam. The software’s functionality isn’t as extensive as OBS’s, but it’s easier to use. It should be noted that the app only exports videos in WMV format. To use it, follow the steps below:
- Get App Free Cam from its official website.
- Run the installation file and follow the on-screen configuration instructions.
- Open the app and go to the dashboard and select “New Recording.”
- From the dropdown menu, select “Fullscreen,” or select the recording area by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the white box.
- To begin, press the red record button.
- To end the recording, press the “Esc” key on your keyboard.
- Tap “Save as Video” to save the recording or edit it with the app’s tools.
Read on to learn more about screen recording in Windows 11.
Users who want to record their Windows 11 screen via Xbox Game Bar may not be able to find the necessary feature. This is a common and simple problem. Take the following steps:
Open the app and select Widgets from the menu (it looks like two different sized rectangles and is located on the left).
Select “Capture” from the dropdown menu to place the feature widget in the quick access menu.
Screen recording settings in Xbox Game Bar allow users to tailor the feature to their specific needs. Here’s how to get to the Settings screen:
Start Xbox Game Bar and grant the necessary permissions.
On the right, click the gear icon.
From the left sidebar, select “Gaming.”
You’ll be able to change the desired settings from there. Although most settings include the word “game,” they apply to all apps that support screen recording with the Xbox Game Bar. For example, enable the “Record what happened” setting to allow the app to continuously record in real time. Then, even if you didn’t enable recording beforehand, you can record the previous 30 seconds of your screen at any time by pressing “Win + Alt + G.”
You can also change the maximum recording time. The recording is turned off after two hours by default, but you can set it to be shorter or longer. To show or hide your cursor during recording, toggle the toggle next to “Capture mouse cursor when recording a game.” You can also change the preferred video framerate and quality. There are several sound options in the “Capture audio when recording a game” section, including “System recording volume,” “Microphone recording volume,” and “Audio recording quality.”
Action, Action, Action!
Hopefully, we’ve provided enough screen recording tools in Windows 11 to meet the needs of every user. As you can see, even though Windows 11 lacks a dedicated screen capture app, you can use pre-installed software to accomplish this task. If you require additional functionality, third-party software such as OBS is an excellent choice.
Which Windows 11 screen recording tool do you find the most convenient? Please share your thoughts in the section below.