There are dozens of reasons why you would want to record your screen in Windows 10. Maybe you need to do a homemade tutorial, or record a few seconds of a video to make the greatest meme. You might also be looking to record a play on your favorite Battle Royale to show your friends.
The truth is that many people don’t know that the procedure in Windows 10 is much easier than in the past. Unlike MacOS, older versions of Windows didn’t come with any operating system tools to do it.
Today you can take advantage of two tools: one that is included in Windows 10, and another that you can download for free, with greater flexibility.
1. Use the Windows 10 Game Bar
If you use your computer to play, you will surely recognize this feature. Along with the included Xbox application, there is also a Game Bar with which you can record your screen in Windows 10.
To find it, you must open the above Xbox application, then press the Windows + G keys on your keyboard to open the bar, and click “Yes, this is a game” in the confirmation window.
With all that ready, you can record by pressing the button on the bar or with the combination of Windows + Alt + R. To finish the video, you can use the same combination.
The videos will be in H.264 format in an MP4 container. If you want to go further, from the Xbox app you can enter the DVR options: there you can change the quality, the maximum recording and the capture folder.
A word of caution: not all devices using Windows 10 can use the Game Bar. Your GPU must support one of these three encoders in order to record: Intel Quick Sync H.260, NVIDIA NVENC, or AMD VCE.
2. Use a free alternative: FlashBack Express
If your PC does not support Game Bar recording, you will need to use software such as FlashBack Express. This application is totally free and has a little more flexibility when it comes to recording your screen.
Download it from here and install it; then press “Record your screen” to open the customization window of your recording.
You can select to record either the full screen or a part of it or a specific window. You can also record your webcam. It is even possible to record your microphone, with a dedicated volume control and on a different track.
On the other hand, if you are recording a game we recommend you to download FBX, from the same creators and with more features.