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How to Record Screen on Windows 10 [Easiest Guide]

author Emily Watson
date Sunday, December 12, 2021

Screen recording is one of the most convenient and popular ways for us to record useful information on PC. If you've searched on Google, you will know that you can record your screen on Windows 10 without downloading software because there is an existing tool called Xbox Game Bar. You will know how to use it in this post.

But if you've tried it, you will find that this tool can only help you with the most basic recording for just one window. Therefore, we will show you another way to record your screen on Windows 10, in which you can finish the recording with perfect features such as adding annotations and selecting windows to record…

1. How to Record Your Screen on Windows 10 with Annotations and Customization

Professional screen recorders are best for those who wish to record the screen when having an online course/meeting or making a video tutorial. Third-party screen recorders can provide the option to edit or add annotations on screen in real-time during the process. Also, they usually come with a game recording mode that can be extremely helpful when you want to capture and save your gaming highlights. With such kind of software, recording screen on your screen on Windows 10 can be flexible and convenient. In terms of professionality, FonePaw Screen Recorder will never disappoint you.

Why Choose FonePaw Screen Recorder?

As a beloved screen recording software, FonePaw Screen Recorder offers you professional features and beats others with its compatibility and functionality. With his screen recorder, you can record anything you can see on your screen without Xbox. Let's see what FonePaw Screen Recorder gets:

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Main Features

  • Video, audio & Webcam – System & microphone sound can be recorded together and the volume can be adjusted before and during the recording. Meanwhile, you can record a video of your screen and yourself together.

  • Screenshot – You can use it as a normal screenshoter with some editing tools when not recording; capture the video during or fishining the recording.

  • Annotation & watermark – You can add annotations during the screen recording (draw with tools of the rectangle, eclipse, line, arrow, pencil, airbrush, text, call out in various colors and sizes); add a watermark before starting with text or image.

  • User-friendly Interface – It can restore the unsaved or canceled video if your computer suddenly shuts down or you accidentally close the software during it's working; it allows you to save your screen record within 3 minutes free.

  • GIF maker – The recording can be of format WMP4, MOV, AVI, F4V, TS and even GIF, which means you can directly make GIF via this software.

  • Timer setting – You can set a timer to start and stop automatically at a specified time or set a length after your start recording, with which it will stop recording automatically too.

  • Custom & preference settings – You can select any recording areas or windows on your computer; exclude some windows you don't need during recording; choose if capture the mouse click with any color; customize the hotkeys; preset the recording parameters for serial recordings. Also, you can choose if let it show countdown before recording; beep on start recording; show recording boundary; hide float bar, move the recording region, hide desktop icons, auto hide the system taskbar when recording; hide the main interface when taking screenshots; auto open preview window; change the color of the mouse clicks.

  • High quality & no restriction – It can record your screen with high quality and support frame rates up to 60 fps and you can cancel microphone noise or enhance the microphone in a paid version. Besides, it is supported on Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 and can record live steaming, Zoom meetings, etc. even without permission.

Create Screen Recording With FonePaw Screen Recorder

Having known so many features of FonePaw Screen Recorder, how do you record your screen on windows 10 with it? You will get to know that by the following guide.

Step 1. Download and Install FonePaw Screen Recorder on Windows 10 Computer

Click the Download button below to get the 60fps screen recorder on your Windows 10 computer. If you want to recommend this software to your friends who use a Mac computer, you can also record screen on Mac.

Step 2. Launch the Software and Go to Video Recorder

After you get this tool running, you will see multiple gadgets on the homepage. Click Video Recorder and you will reach the setting page for the screen recording. The Game Recorder requires administrator privileges. Recording your gameplay with a Game Recorder instead of a Video Recorder allows you to get a game recording without lag.

Windows Video Recorder

Step 3. Set up for the Screen Recording on Windows 10

Select a recording region for the recording and turn on the system sound or the microphone sound depending on your actual needs. If you need some advanced setting such as customizing a recording region, excluding some windows that you don't need to record, enhancing the microphone, and selecting output formats as GIF, you can check them here after step 5.

Windows Select Recording Area

Step 4. Start Recording

After finishing the setup, click the Rec. button and start to screen record. There are some bonus actions you can take on the floating bar during the recording:

  • Pause the recording
  • Take a Screenshot
  • Set a Timer
  • Draw on the captured screen during the recording
  • Turn on/off the Webcam
  • Adjust the volume of the system or microphone
  • Remove windows that you don't want to record

Windows Timer Schedule Screen Reocrding

Step 5. Cut and Save the Recording

When you are done recording, click Stop. A window of recording previewing will pop up. You can preview it to see if the recording is perfect or trim your recording here with a paid version. After everything is done, tap Save.

HP Video Recording Preview

tips Tip:
  • If your computer suddenly shuts down or the recorder was abnormally closed when you are recording the screen, don't worry! All you need to do is restart the computer and launch FonePaw Screen Recorder. You will be allowed to restore it right away.

Advance settings for recording setup

But if wish to make the screen recording as perfect as you want, before getting it started, customize the settings for the details below:

-Select a recording area

You can directly choose Fullscreen to record or customize the recording area by clicking Custom. This FonePaw Screen Recorder allows you to select a region/window or some popular dimensions in the drop-down menu of Custom.

-Select the windows to record

Go back to the recording page and you will see the Advanced Recorder settings under the Rec button. You can exclude some windows for the recording to avoid screen recording being covered up by unnecessary windows.

Advanced Recorder Settings

-Turn on/off the system/microphone Sound

If you are to record an online course or meeting on Windows 10, you may just need to turn on the system sound without the microphone on to avoid some noises being recorded along with the recording. At the same time, you can cancel noises of your microphone if you click the speaker icon and hit Sound check in the drop-down list.


Select the location and the formats of the temporary files, output files and screenshot files. Meanwhile, you can select the audio and screenshot output formats here.

Output Setting on Recorder

With Windows 10 Built-in Screen Recorder

Compared with FonePaw screen recorder, the built-in tool on your Windows 10 computer is convenient expect the fact that you can not add annotations to the screencasting in real time when using the built-in tool. But if you just need to record your screen for gameplay on Windows 10, Xbox Game Bar is the built-in free screen recorder and you can use it to record video easily with some simple steps:

Step 1. Get your game window ready and press “Win+G” on the keyboard, and you will see the Xbox recorder;

Step 2. Unmute the microphone on the Capture pane if you need to record your voice in the screen recording. Then hit “Win+Alt+R”;

Step 3. Press “Win+Alt+R” again to finish the recording.

Xbox Game Bar

tips Tips:
  • 1. If the hotkeys don't work for your Xbox, go to Start Menu > gear icon > Gaming and check if you've changed the hotkeys to other ones.
  • 2. You can open it by going to Start Menu > gear icon > Gaming > Captures > Open Folder.
  • 3. You can ONLY record one window at a time when using Xbox for recording.

2. [Tips] How to Record Your Screen and Yourself on Windows 10

We've covered how to record your screen on Windows 10 on both FonePaw Screen recorder and Xbox Game Bar. Besides recording screen, in fact, you can record your webcam and screen at the same time on Windows 10? Let's see how it works!

Record Your Face and Screen at the Same Time on Windows 10

When you are recording a tutorial video, you may ask how to record your screen and yourself on Windows 10. Then turn on the Webcam when recording your screen with FonePaw Screen Recorder and you will see a window showing you through the camera. You can also select the webcam device, resolution, window position and transparency of the window showing you.

Turn on Webcam

Record Yourself on Windows 10 With App Camera

There is a camera app on your computer and if your camera device is working fine, you can achieve that with some quick steps.

Step 1. Search "Camera" in the search bar;

Step 2. Click the "Recording icon" on the right pane to start recording;

Step 3. Hit "Stop" and you can find the recording in the folder by path: C:\Users\X\Pictures\Camera Roll (replace X with your user name).

Record Facecam on Windows 10 Via FonePaw Screen Recorder

There's another way for you to make a video of yourself. That's using FonePaw Screen Recorder. You can do that with the following steps after launching this recorder.

Step 1. Hit the Webcam on the homepage;

Step 2. Set up for the recording by selecting your Webcam device, resolution, microphone or rotating the screen if you want to;

Step 3. Hit Record to start;

Step 4 Click Stop to finish the recording.

tips Tips:

Webcam Recorder


We've covered how to screen record on PC with audio with two methods, i.e., with and without game bar. Xbox is the best for Windows 10 game recording and FonePaw Screen Recorder is the first choice if you want to record your screen with some annotations or multi-windows or other functions.

Besides, FonePaw and Camera app can help you record yourself on Windows 10 with no-brainer actions. And FonePaw beats Camera because the former one allows you to record your screen and yourself on Windows 10 simultaneously.

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