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How to Use Windows 10’s Built-in Screen Capture Tool

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Windows 10 allows you to record a screen shot without the need for any third-party software. This article will show you how to use Windows 10's Capture utility to capture your screen.

The Game Bar isn't just for gaming

The Xbox Game Bar includes Windows 10's screen-capture tool. Despite what the name implies, the Game Bar is for more than just gaming. This guide will show you how to use it to record screen shots.

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This tool will capture your screen in H.264 MP4 format.

Screen recording is part the "Capture" widget. This widget can be accessed via the Game Bar's Widget Menu feature. To use the Widget menu, you'll need Windows 10's May 2019 update or later.

How to launch Screen Capture on Windows 10

To launch the Game Bar, first press Windows+G. You can also open the Start menu to launch the "Xbox Game Bar", application.

If the Game Bar overlay does not appear, go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar. Make sure that the Game Bar has been turned "On" in this section. You can also check your keyboard shortcut. You can change "Open Game Bar" to any key combination instead of Windows+G.

Look for the "Capture” window in the Game Bar overlay screen.

Click the Widget icon to the left if you don't recognize it. It appears to be several lines, with bullet points to their right.

A drop-down menu will open; click "Capture." This shortcut could also be found in the Game Bar toolbar.

How to Record Your Screen

The overlay will display the "Capture widget" window. From left to right, there are four buttons in the Capture widget:

  • Screenshot: Snapshots the active window.
  • Record last 30 seconds: Record the last 30 seconds.
  • Recording your thoughts: This will start recording your active window.
  • Turn on the mic when you are recordingWindows 10 will record audio from your computer's microphone, and include it in the recording if this option is turned on.

Below the buttons, you'll see text. This text will tell you what the current window is. It also indicates what information will be recorded. It will display, for example, the title of the current tab if you are browsing the internet.

Next, click on the Start Recording button.

Screen recording will start and you'll notice a toolbar in the corner. The toolbar will display the duration of the recording. It also contains buttons that allow you to toggle the microphone or stop it.

To end the recording, click on the Stop icon after you are done.

To view your recording, click the Capture widget and select "Show All Captures".

Your recording will appear at the top of the list. To view all recordings and screenshots, click the folder icon in File Explorer.

These recordings are stored under your Windows user folder at C:\Users\NAME\Videos\Captures by default.

You can also record your screen by pressing Windows+Alt+R. To customize keyboard shortcuts, go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar

That's all! Did you know that Windows has a screen recorder built-in? You now know.

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