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How to Record Screen on Windows and Mac - Simple and Clear

author Carrie Murray
date Wednesday, July 28, 2021

FonePaw Screen Recorder is a recorder that runs on both Windows and Mac. With its concise interface and powerful functions, FonePaw Screen Recorder has won the love of thousands upon thousands of users. Come try it for free now.

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You may be searching for a free and reliable screen casting tool for your Windows or Mac computer to record screen activity. If so, you are in the right place. Here we will show you the best screen recorder for both Windows and Mac to record screen videos with audio. You can use the software to record video games, streaming videos, product demonstration, tutorials, live chat and more.

How to Record Screen on Windows 7/8/10

FonePaw Screen Recorder is a very powerful screen casting software for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 computer. It has all the features that you may need in capturing a high-quality video clip of your actions on computer screen.

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  • Record video with audio (both internal sound from your computer and your voice).

  • Capture the video in different formats (MP4, GIF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MKV, FLV, MPEG, etc.).

  • Record the full screen or only a part of the computer screen.

  • Work with Webcam and support Skype, MSN, and GTalk and other video chats.

  • Support scheduled task for live streaming video.

  • Now free download Screen Recorder to start creating some wonderful screencasts.

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1. Adjust Recording Settings

Before recording your computer screen, you can click Preference to adjust the recording settings to fit your need. You can choose whether to include mouse cursor on your video and enable shortcuts to start, pause, stop the recording, hide recording toolbar so that the screen recorder won't get in your way when you are recording the screen.

Hotkeys Settings

There are more advanced settings: animate mouse clicks/buttons, choose video settings (format, bitrate, frame rate, video storing location).

2. Start to Record Screen on Windows

Choose Video Recorder feature to get started. To record a certain part of the screen, click arrow-down icon in the first option to select an area. And to record the full screen, just choose Full Screen.

You can also choose to record the area around mouse cursor in different resolutions, record only the audio or add webcam. After you have made a choice, click REC to begin recording your screen activity. If you have set it up, the Screen Recorder will automatically minimize to tray and show countdown before recording.

Select Recording Region

3. Recording Screen

During the recording, you can use the toolbar to highlight objects, add arrow/rectangle/circle. You can also click the Screenshot button to take a screenshot during the recording. After you have recorded everything you want, click Stop button from the main screen or use a keyboard shortcut to stop the recording and save the video.

Screen Recording

4. Preview and Save

Your recorded screencasts will show on the program. Preview it and if you are satisfied with it, hit Save button to keep in certain folder. After that, you can rename it as you like.

Select Output Path

And don't forget the task scheduler feature. Click clock icon in recording taskbar to set up recording length for a scheduled recording for live streaming video from Twitch TV, BBC, CNN, Livestream, etc. You won't miss any wonderful moments.

How to Record Screen and Audio on Mac

To record screen on Mac, of course, you can use QuickTime. But QuickTime can't record the audio along with your screen. Therefore, if you need to record screen and audio at the same time on your MacBook Air/Pro or iMac, FonePaw also works for your Mac.

Follow these steps to record screen on Mac with audio.

1. Download and Launch FonePaw Screen Recorder

Click the Download button to get the recorder on Mac computer. Launch the program and you will see this simple interface.

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Select Recording Region on Mac

Note: Before recording, you are able to set up hotkeys, show/hide mouse cursor, show count-down or not and more. Hit the Preference button to set up as below.

Settings on Mac

2. Click REC to Record

If you have selected area and adjusted the volume, you can start capturing the screen. During the capturing, the camera icon allows you to take a screenshot of the screen.

Recording on Mac

3. Check Recording History

Once you stop screen recording or snapshot, the videos, images will be saved together. You can hit the Recording History to check the recorded videos and images. Tick one of them to preview, share, delete or open the corresponding folder.

Preview on Mac

It is simple to capture Mac screen and you're able to capture a unique video with your own settings.

Note: If you tend to mirror your Mac screen to bigger screen and record it,FonePaw ScreenMo will be a helper to mirror Mac screen to a PC so that you can use a PC to record gameplay, video, application operation or any screen activities with sound on Mac. Also, you may use the program to mirror iPhone, iPad screen to PC and record screen video.

Frequently Asked Questions of FonePaw Screen Recorder

1. Can I restore my video after the computer breaks down while recording?

Yes. After rebooting your computer, reopen FonePaw Screen Recorder and the program will ask if you want to restore the unsaved recording. Click Yes to restore your previous recording.

2. Is there any difference between Windows version and Mac version of FonePaw Screen Recorder?

They are basically the same. The only difference between them is that once you stop screen recording on Mac, recorded videos will be saved together, while on Windows you can choose the output path of the recorded videos individually. You can hit the Recording History to check your recorded videos on Mac.