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How to Record Your Screen on Windows 10

By Emily Watson, Monday, March 15, 2021

You may need to record computer activity or gameplay on Windows 10 sometimes. For instance, record your screen and yourself to make a tutorial; record a webinar during a Skype call, etc.

In fact, it is very simple to capture screen video on Windows 10. Today I will show you an awesome screen recorder for Windows 10 as well as Windows 10's hidden screen recording utility. You can compare these two utilities and get the best screen recorder on your computer.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

FonePaw Screen Recorder is a screen and audio recorder that can record your screen and voice on Windows 10/8/7 in high quality. It is used by many gamers and YouTube video creators to record screens with audio and webcam.

Features of FonePaw Screen Recorder

FonePaw Screen Recorder

  • Record screen capture video in high quality, supporting frame rates up to 60 fps;

  • Record computer screen with audio ( system & microphone audio);

  • Support webcam to record computer screen and your face at the same time;

  • Able to capture mouse clicks while recording;

  • Adds annotations in the recording;

  • Schedule a screen recording to start and stop automatically at a specified time;

  • Export screen video in MP4, MOV, AVI, GIF, F4V, TS.

  • Restore the unsaved or canceled video.

The recorder can not only video record your screen, but also capture screenshots, record audio on Windows 10/8/7.

It is easy to record what's on your screen with FonePaw Screen Recorder. Follow the steps below.

Step 1 Download the screen recorder on Windows 10

Click the Download button below to get the recorder on your laptop or desktop computer.


Step 2 Launch FonePaw Screen Recorder

You'll see 3 options: Video Recorder, Audio Recorder, Snapshot. Click Video Recorder to record the computer screen.

Video Recorder

Step 3 Set up screen recording settings

There are various settings you can adjust to record the screen video that you need.

Select recording area. You can choose to record the full screen or a particular area of your screen. For example, you can select Custom and draw an area that you would like to record or select the Fix region to record a window in a specific size (1280 × 720, 854 × 480, etc.). Or choose to allow the recording area to change around or following the mouse.

Select Recording Area

Enable Webcam. When you need to record your screen and yourself at the same time, turn on Webcam. By clicking Take photo, you can take a photo of what's on the webcam.

Enable System Sound. When you need to record audio from your computer, not just through the microphone, toggle on the button for System Sound.

Microphone. Turn on the Microphone you can also record the screen with your voice from the microphone. Here suggest you enable "Microphone noise cancellation" and Microphone enhancement" to optimize the sound.

Click More Settings, you will find more useful features such as Record mouse clicks, show countdown before recordings, customize hotkeys to record screen, frame rate, the format of the recorded videos.

More Settings

Step 4 Record Screen on Windows 10

Test the audio with sound check option in Preference. When you are satisfied with all recording settings, you may start recording your screen by clicking the REC button. During the recording, there are annotation tools for you to annotate the screen capture, including adding text, arrow, ellipse, number. 

Recording Screen

You can also take screenshots and click Timer to schedule a screen recording to stop automatically at a specified time.

Schedule Screen Recording

Step 5 Save Screen Video

When you are done recording, click Stop. The recorder will begin to play the recorded screen video. You can view your work and click Save to save the video to your chosen folder on Windows 10.

View Video Recording

If you accidentally close the program during the recording, just launch the program again or navigate to the recording history. The unsaved video can be restored in one click. 

Restore Unsaved Video

XBox Game Bar on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a hidden screen recording tool. It is not a standalone program but a feature of XBox. XBox Game Bar is designed to record gameplay on Windows 10, but you can also use it to record screen activities of apps.

Recording screen with XBox is convenient because you don't have to install any other app, however, there are some downsides.

  • XBox Game Bar doesn't record desktop.

  • It doesn't record some programs like Windows File Manager, only works in desktop apps.

  • It can record only one app at a time. So when you exit or minimize the app in recording, the recording will end automatically.

  • It crashes sometimes when recording gameplay or app in full screen.

  • It can not restore the canceled video during the recording.

  • And it cannot record webcam, add annotations, customize the recording area like FonePaw Screen Recorder does.

Anyway, if you simply want to record gameplay or an app and don't have other requirements, XBox Game Bar is quite handy.

Step 1 Click Start and select XBox from the menu.

Step 2 When XBox is running, open the app or game you want to record.

Step 3 Click Win + G to activate Game Bar. If it is your first time recording the game or app, XBox will ask: "Do you want to open Game Bar." Select Yes, it is a game.

Launch XBox Game Bar

Step 4 Click the Record button or press the Win + Alt + R buttons to start the recording screen. To end the recording, click the same button or simply close the app or game.

Record Screen with Game Bar

Step 5 The screen capture video will be saved in MP4 to your user videos folder. You can also find the screen videos in XBox > DVR.

XBox Game DVR

Best Screen Recorder for Windows 10

You may find there are many ways to record the screen on Windows 10. Which is the best screen recorder for Windows 10? Should you record the screen on Windows 10 with or without XBox?

The answers depend on what you need. If you only need to record gameplay to show off your achievements or record screen to explain something to a friend and don't want to install an extra app, then XBox is a good fit for you.

But if you need to record the screen in HD to make a tutorial or a video to upload to YouTube, you'll have higher requirements, which XBox fails to fulfill. In such cases, FonePaw Screen Recorder with more powerful functions is a better choice. 

Plus, XBox doesn't work on Windows 8/7 while the FonePaw recorder supports all Windows versions. 

Tip: If you tend to record screens on computers or devices with some apps, like LICEcap or DU Recorder, you can compare them first and I think FonePaw Screen Recorder or ScreenMo will be the best alternative.

Recorder for Windows 10FonePaw Screen RecorderXBox Game Bar
Record desktop YesNo
Screen ActivitiesNo limitRecord one app/game only
Record selected areaYesNo
Annotate recordingYesNo
Compatibility Windows 10/8/7Windows

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