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How to Record Your Screen on Mac and Windows PC

Last Updated: Dec. 03, 2020

Summary: This post will show you different ways to record the screen on PC and Mac. With these methods, you can easily record your computer screen, from the desktop to games and programs.

Want to record your computer screen? Maybe you're going to record your screen for a presentation at work, share fun gameplay with your friends, or generate a how-to video. Both the Windows and macOS allow you to record your screen, but the methods for getting it done vary among different operating systems.

Here in this post, we'll show you how to record your screen, whether you're working with a Mac or a Windows PC.

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Our top recommended way to record your computer screen is by using an online free screen recorder.

An online computer screen recorder can help you record your screen activity on a Mac or a Windows PC without download or install any software. Therefore, you can directly record your desktop, gameplay, or other programs on your computer online within clicks to save your time.

Frankly, many online computer screen recorder can be used to capture your screen. Among all them, FlexClip Online Screen Recorder has our recommendation, because:

  • It is super easy to use, and you can capture your screen with FlexClip screen recorder, only taking a few clicks.
  • It is totally free for all users, and you can capture the screen and save it to a video without watermark.
  • Most importantly, besides recording, it also provides you powerful tools for you to edit the captured video, like trim & split, change speed, add transitions & filters, etc.
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How to Record Your Computer Screen with FlexClip

Step 1 Go to FlexClip Online Screen Recorder and click the Start Recording button.

Online Screen Recorder - FlexClip: Step 1

Image Board: Online Screen Recorder - FlexClip: Step 1

Step 2 Select System Audio as audio recording method and tap the red circle button to start recording.

Online Screen Recorder - FlexClip: Step 2

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Step 3 Select the entire screen or application window you want to record, then click Share to record the screen.

Online Screen Recorder - FlexClip: Step 3

Image Board: Online Screen Recorder - FlexClip: Step 3

How to Record Your Computer Screen on Mac

Need to record your screen on a Mac? Luckily, Macs have this feature built in, allowing you to record part or all of your screen.

Here we'll share two ways for you to record your screen on your Mac:

Method 1: Record Your Screen Use Command + Shift + 5

If you're using macOS Mojave or later, you can record your screen use the Command + Shift + 5 to start your recording. Below are the detailed steps:

Step 1 Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to open Screenshot.

Step 2 Then the onscreen controls will appear, you can choose to record the entire screen, record a selected portion of the screen, or capture a still image of your screen. Here we go for the entire screen option.

Record Your Screen on Mac via Command + Shift + 5

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Step 3 Click any screen to start recording that screen, or click Record in the onscreen controls to start recording.

Step 4 To stop recording, you can either press the stop button in the right corner of the menu bar at the top of the screen or press Command + Control + Esc.

Method 2: Record Your Screen Use QuickTime

For the users who work with macOS Mojave or earlier, QuickTime Player is a great option to record the computer screen. Follow the simple steps below to record your computer screen using QuickTime.

Step 1 Open QuickTime Player from your Applications folder, then choose File > New Screen Recording from the menu bar.

Step 2 A new window labeled "Screen Recording" will pop up, and you can click the arrow next to the record button to change the recording settings, like choosing to record audio from your computer's external mic or to show your mouse clicks.

Record Your Screen on Mac via QuickTime Player

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Step 3 To start recording, click the red record button first, then you can click anywhere on the screen to begin recording the entire screen, or you can drag to select an area to record, then click Start Recording within that area.

Step 4 To stop recording, you can either click on the stop button in your top menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc.

How to Record Your Computer Screen on Windows

Or you may need to record the screen on your Windows PC? Game Bar, built into Windows 10, was designed to record games that played directly on the PC, and it also offers a convenient way to record your screen activity from other applications.

    Pro Tips:

  • The Game Bar's recording feature works with most applications and windows, except the Windows desktop, File Explorer, and specific Windows apps, such as Weather.
  • If you need to record some of the screens above, or not working with Windows 10, you can rely on some third-party screen-capture tools or free online screen recorder, like FlexClip.

Step 1 To set Game Bar up, go to Settings > Gaming > Game bar and turn on the switch for Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using the Game bar.

Record Your Screen on Windows 10 via Game Bar

Image Board: Record Your Screen on Windows 10 via Game Bar

Step 2 Navigate to the screen you wish to record and type the default keyboard shortcut to open the Game Bar: Win + G.

Step 3 Then, the Game Bar appears on the screen, and it provides buttons to access multiple overlays, including Audio, Performance, and Capture. (Here the Capture overlay should appear by default, if not, click the webcam icon on the Game Bar. )

Record Your Screen on Windows 10 via Game Bar

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Step 4 Click the Start Recording button to record your screen, or press the Win + Alt + R to start recording.

Step 5 When you need to stop the recording, you can click the square icon on the game bar or press the Win + Alt + R again.

Final Words

That's all about how to record your computer screen both on a Mac and a Windows PC. Hopefully, with the methods and online computer recorder we introduced above, you can capture your screen on Mac and PC effortlessly.

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