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How to Record Screen on Windows and Mac

By Carrie Murray, Monday, July 09, 2018

You may be searching for a free and reliable screencasting tool for your Windows or Mac computer to record screen activity. If so, you are in the right place. Here we will show you two best screen recorders for Windows and Mac to record screen videos with audio. You can use them 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 screencasting 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. 

Screen Recorder Homepage

  • 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 may want to 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 gets in your way when you are recording the screen. 

Screen Recorder 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. 

Screen Recoder Start Recording

3. Recording Screen 

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

Screen Recorder 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.

Save Recorded Video

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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Screen Recorder Homepage


Note: Customize Settings

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

Customize Settings


2. Click REC to Record

If you have selected area and adjusted the volume, you can start capturing the screen. During the capturing, the Pencil icon allows you to add some notes to the recordings; camera icon allows you to take a screenshot of the screen. You can do what you want.

Recording Mac Screen


3. Check Recording History

Once you stop screen recording or snapshot, the videos, images will be saved together. You can hit the button as following interface shown to check the history. Tick one of them to prevew, share, delete or open the corresponding folder.

Preview and Share


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.

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