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How to Screen Record on Windows 10 with Audio Easily

Recording screen on Windows 10 is simple with the built-in recorder Xbox Game Bar. When Game Bar cannot fulfill your needs, FonePaw Screen Recorder is the optimal and versatile choice.
author Emily Watson
date Thursday, December 1, 2022

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 10/11 without downloading software because there is an existing tool called Xbox Game Bar, which we will talk about 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 do the screen recording with much more features such as adding annotations, recording all desktop activities, capturing full audio and webcam, and more.

1. How to Record Screen on Windows 10 with Built-in Screen Recorder

💡This method can record Windows 10: a running application (multiple applications at a time and the desktop screen are not available), system sound, and microphone.

It’s doubtless that Xbox Game Bar is the most convenient Windows 10 screen recording solution. As long as you are running Windows 10 or 11, this free screen recorder for PC that requires no extra downloading is there, and the way to use this easiest-to-use Windows 10 screen recorder is also simple.

Therefore, it becomes understandable that this tool is limited. It lacks features that many people commonly need like recording the entire desktop rather than one running window, customizing the recorded area and sound volume, adding annotations, etc. If you have such needs, you can look for a more professional tool to record screen on Windows 10.

STEP 1. Get your game window ready and press "Win+G" on the keyboard, and you will see the floating widget of Xbox Game Bar.

Select Capture Game Bar

STEP 2. Select the "Capture" feature for a video recording. Unmute the microphone on the pane if you need to record screen with voice on WIndows 10. Then, no extra settings needed, just use the shortcut "Win+Alt+R" to start recording (or you can hit the Start button).

tips Note:
  • Clicking the second button from the left can start the "Background Recording" function. This feature enables recording something awesome that just happened in a game. When you turn this feature on (it’s off by default), it monitors the last few moments of gameplay, so you can capture the moment before it’s gone forever. When background recording is turned on, you can record up to 30 minutes. Recordings automatically turn off after 30 minutes.

Capture Settings

STEP 3. You can see the capture status while you are recording the program. Press "Win+Alt+R" again to finish the recording, or you can also hit the Stop button.

Capture Status

Then the video or game clip will be automatically saved to the default folder.

Record Game Clip on Windows 10

tips Note:
  • 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 the recorded video 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.
  • 4. The details of recording screen on Windows 11 are a little different from those on Windows 10, see: Use a screen reader to record your screen with Xbox Game Bar

If you have tried Xbox Game Bar and found that this Windows 10 screen recorder is not for you, you might wonder how to record screen on Windows 10 without Xbox Game Bar. Don't worry, there are some useful alternatives that can help you to record screen on Windows 10 with audio. In the next section there are two powerful screen recorders for Windows 10: FonePaw Screen Recorder and VLC Media Player. You can read on to learn about them.

2. How to Record Screen on Windows 10 with Audio via FonePaw

💡This method can record Windows 10: screen, applications, system sound, microphone, and webcam.

Although Xbox Game Bar is a good screen recorder for Windows 10, it might still far to reach what you need. In this case, FonePaw Screen Recorder, an all-around screen recorder that can record screen on Windows 10 with audio, can perfectly solve this problem. It's such a screen recorder recommended for Windows 10/11 users, which nicely fills the gap of Game Bar, and provides people with versatile recording selections.

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⭐ Main Features of Windows 10 screen recorder FonePaw:

  • Record Video, Audio & Webcam – Record screen with internal and external audio. Meanwhile, you can record screen and webcam together, which the built-in screen recorder cannot do.
  • Add Annotations & Personalize Watermark – Record screen on Windows 10 without watermark by default. If you prefer to add one, you can customize it in the program. And you can add real-time annotations during the screen recording.
  • Take Screenshots – You can use it as a normal screenshot capturer with some editing tools. The snapshot feature is available at any time, whenever you are recording a video or not.
  • Various Output Formats & 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.
  • Start and end Windows 10 screen recording automatically – 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 customize your recorded video flexibly. For example, you can select any recording areas or windows on your computer; choose if capture the mouse clicks; customize the hotkeys, etc. Also, you can choose if let it show countdown before recording; hide the main interface when taking screenshots; change the color of the mouse clicks, and so on.
  • High Quality & No Restriction – It can record your screen in original quality and no lag (frame rates up to 60 fps). Besides, it is supported on Windows 11, 10, 8.1/8, 7 and takes up little PC space.

📌 How to Record Screen on Windows 10 with FonePaw Screen Recorder

STEP 1. Launch FonePaw Screen Recorder and Go to Video Recorder

After you get this tool running, you will see multiple gadgets on the homepage. Click "Video Recorder" to record screen on Windows 10 wiwh audio.

tips Note:
  • The Game Recorder is specially developed for recording games on PC. Recording your gameplay with the Game Recorder instead of a Video Recorder allows you to get a game recording without lag.

Windows Video Recorder

STEP 2. Set up for the Screen Recording on Windows 10

Select the Windows 10 screen recording area and enable the system sound or the microphone sound depending on your actual needs. If you want to record your webcam activities, don’t forget to turn on the webcam. For other settings, you can adjust them in the Preferences panel.

Windows Select Recording Area

STEP 3. Start Recording screen on Windows 10

After finishing the setup, click "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 4. 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".

Windows 10 Screen Recording Preview

As a beloved screen recording software, FonePaw Screen Recorder offers you professional features and beats others with its compatibility and functionality. With this screen recorder, you can record screen on Windows 10 without Xbox.

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3. How to Record Screen on Windows 10 with Audio via VLC

💡This method can record Windows 10: screen, network stream, system sound, microphone, and webcam.

Many of you must know VLC can play videos on Windows for you, but you may not be familiar with its screen capturing with audio feature, which means it can also help you record screen with audio. Let’s see how to record screen on Windows 10/11 without Xbox Game Bar via VLC.

STEP 1. Enable the VLC record button

Open VLC media player and move your mouse onto "View" column. Select "Advanced Controls".

Enable VLC Record Button

STEP 2. Set up for recording screen on Windows 10

Click "Media" and choose "Open Capture Device" to prepare for screen recording on Windows 10. On "Open Media", Choose "Capture Mode" as "Desktop". After you choose "Desktop", you can set your desired frame rate in "options" section.

Setup to Record

STEP 3. Play the audio file

To make your recorded video be with audio, you need to record the audio in advance. Then, tick "Play another media synchronously" and click "Browse…" to find the needed audio file. After you select the audio file, click downward arrow beside the "Play" button and choose "Convert".

STEP 4. Record screen on Windows 10 with audio

Choose "Profile" as "H. 264 + MP3 (MP4)", and confirm the output destination. When all has been done, click "Start" to record the screen. on Windows 10. When you finish, click the "Stop playback" button (the square icon) to end the recording. You can find the recorded video with the audio you set in the output folder.

Because the main function of VLC is a multimedia player, even if it supports recording screen or video stream, there are many limitations, such as not being able to record screen and webcam together. And if you want to switch between recording screen, recording camera, and recording video stream, it will be very troublesome and require many steps.

If you have diverse Windows 10 recording needs, it is more convenient and suitable for you to use FonePaw Screen Recorder.

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We've covered how to record your screen on Windows 10 with both FonePaw Screen recorder and Xbox Game Bar. You may wonder how to make other kinds of recordings on your PC. Here shows the answers to some related questions.

Extra Tip - Can I Record the Webcam Only on Windows 10?

Yes, you can only record the webcam on your computer, and you can also try two ways: use the built-in Camera app for Windows 10 or capture with FonePaw Screen Recorder.

💡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 use it to record your face following these steps.

STEP 1. Search "Camera" in the search bar.

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

STEP 2. 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

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.

Webcam Recorder

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Extra Tip - How to Record Audio Only on Windows 10?

There are also many kinds of voice recorders for Windows 10. If you prefer to use a built-in tool, you can use the Voice Recorder to record a voice memo from your microphone. If you need to record the internal audio along with the voiceover, you may need to enable the Stereo Mix, and you can read the tutorial: How to Record Audio on Windows 10 with Stereo Mix.

To make things simple, FonePaw Screen Recorder not only allows you to record screen with audio, but can also help you record audio (internal or external) on Windows 10. Using this program is more time-saving.

Besides, you can also learn some free audio recorders for Windows like Audacity.

Wrap-up

We've covered how to screen record on PC with audio with 3 methods, i.e., Xbox Game Bar, VLC media player or FonePaw Screen Recorder. Xbox is the best for basic recording of a single windows on Windows 10, while FonePaw Screen Recorder is the first choice if you want to record your screen with full audio, annotations, multi-windows, or other functions.

Besides, FonePaw and Camera app can help you record the webcam or audio only on Windows 10 with no-brainer actions. Even if you are a newbie – you can just try it out now and enjoy the recording.

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