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[Free Download] Desktop Recorder - Record Desktop Screen & Audio

By Emily Watson, Friday, March 12, 2021

To record computer screens, games, webcams, streaming videos, it is better to use a desktop recorder than a screen recorder online.

A browser-based recorder usually comes with fewer features and is not suitable to record gameplay while a desktop recorder is often more advanced and packed with various useful features.

For example, FonePaw Screen Recorder, the desktop recording software we introduce here, is a full-featured desktop screen & audio recorder for Windows 10/8/7 and Mac.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Apart from the ability to record the full screen, windows, certain areas, games, live streaming videos, webcam, audio (system sound & microphone voice) that average screen recorders can do, the FonePaw desktop recorder stands out with many advanced features.

  • Record screen videos in high definition at 60 fps;

  • Enable hardware acceleration so that the computer runs more smoothly in recording gameplay or other processor-heavy screen activities;

  • Save screen capture in various formats: PNG, GIF or videos (MP4, MOV, AVI, TS, etc.);

  • Offer scheduled recordings to automatically record game, streaming videos;

  • Add annotations in screen recording videos;

  • Customizable hotkeys to control screen capture; Highlight mouse cursor in screen videos;

  • Hide desktop icons during recording;

  • Show countdown before filming the computer screen.

Record Desktop on Windows

Better than that, FonePaw Screen Recorder is now free to download. And unlike other free screen recorders which apply a watermark to your screen recording footage, this recorder won't add a watermark to your videos.

Get this desktop recorder on Windows PC or Mac.


With a simple interface, the desktop recorder is also quite easy-to-use. The followings are how to record desktop screen and audio with FonePaw Screen Recorder.

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How to Record Desktop Screen

When you open FonePaw Screen Recorder, you'll find 3 tools in the desktop recorder: screen recorder, audio recorder, snapshot. To take a video of a computer screen, click Video Reorder to start screen video capture.

Desktop Video Recorder

Step 1 Select Area to Record

Toggle on the button for Display. Then click the arrow down button to select the recording region: full screen, customized area, preset frame (1080p, 720p, etc.). You can allow the recording region to move following the mouse cursor.

Select Recording Area

Step 2 Enable Webcam (Optional)

If you need to record facecam in picture-in-picture mode, turn on the button for Webcam.

Step 3 Adjust Audio Settings for Desktop Screen Capture

Turn on the buttons for System Sound and Microphone to enable the desktop recorder to record audio from the computer and microphone. Drag the slider to adjust the volume.

Record System Audio

Step 4 Customize Recording Settings

Click More Settings, which will open the Preference panel that give you many options. For example, you can add mouse cursor effects with different colors; allow to move the recording region during recording; select the format for the screen videos.

Customize Recording Settings

Step 5 Record Computer Screen

When you have set up all parameters, click REC. The screen recording will begin. You can add annotations or schedule a recording with the options in the floating panel. 

Annotate Video Recording

When you are done, click the Stop button. You can then view the screencast and if you are satisfied, save the video on your PC.

View Screen Video

NOTE: When FonePaw Screen Recorder is running, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to activate and stop screen video recording. The default hotkeys to start a screen video capture is Ctrl + Alt + R. The hotkeys to end a recording is Ctrl + Alt + R. You can customize the hotkeys in Settings.

How to Record Desktop Audio

FonePaw Screen Recorder can not only be a desktop screen recorder but also a desktop audio recorder to record audio from a computer in MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC.

The followings are how to record audio on Windows and Mac.

Step 1 Open Desktop Audio Recorder

When FonePaw Screen Recorder is running, click Audio Recorder.

Desktop Audio Recorder

Step 2 Adjust Audio Settings

To record internal audio from the computer, enable System Sound. If you want to add voiceover, toggle on Microphone. You can adjust the volume now by dragging the slider or you can volume up or down later during the recording.

Tip: Click Preference and go to the Sound sections, you'll choose to customize the audio settings, save the recorded audio in what format and decide the quality of the recording. 

For microphones, enable "Microphone noise cancellation" and "Microphone enhancement" to optimize the sound quality. Besides, please start soundcheck before recording formly, which will test whether the audio recording can go well.

Audio Recording Settings

Step 3 Record Audio on Computer

When you are ready, click REC to start recording audio. A window will appear, allowing you to pause, stop the recording, enter the duration of the recording to schedule a recording, or adjust the volumes.

Recording Audio on Windows

Step 4 Save the Recorded Audio

To stop recording, click Stop, and the desktop recorder will save the recorded audio file on your computer.

How do I recover a recording if I accidentally close the program?

When you are recording the video and audio on the desktop, it is possible to close the program during the recording. Luckily, if you are using FonePaw Screen Recorder, you can restore the unfinished files easily. 

Just enable the program again and you will receive a prompt asking you whether to restore the recording. Select Yes to confirm and you will see the recording files again. 

Unsave Recording

Besides, you can navigate to the Recording history tab to restore.

Restore Unsaved Video

With FonePaw Screen Recorder, you don't need to worry about losing the unsaved videos anymore. 

That's all you have to know about the desktop video & audio recorder. If you find it helpful, share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

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