Of course, you can buy expensive screen recording hardware and software that offers a host of features, tweaks, and enhancements to help streamers and gamers create content. But Microsoft already provides an easy-to-use way to record a screen on Windows 10 or 11 with audio using Windows Xbox game bar app.
Depending on the version of Windows 10 you are using, the screen recording app may already be installed on your operating system. However, if not, you can download it directly from the Microsoft Store and install it for free. To check if the Xbox screen recording app is installed on your computer, do a quick search by typing “Xbox app” in the search field near the start. If nothing appears. Go to the official app store.
Once installed, you can use the Xbox Game Bar to save snippets of your full games with audio, apps running on your screen, or tutorials to include in other posts or videos. Microsoft has integrated the Xbox Game Bar into its Windows operating system, allowing you to easily capture videos and screenshots. To do this while playing a game, simply press the “Windows logo key + Gon your keyboard to open the app. This can also be accomplished if you are using an Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller connected to your PC. Just press the “Xbox button on the controller to start the application. Once loaded, follow the instructions below:
How to record your screen on Windows
The processes listed below will work on both older Microsoft Windows 10 operating systems and the latest Windows 11 operating systems.
1. To start screen recording, select theRegister now“ red circle icon. This will change to a red square while recording and must be pressed once more to stop the screen recording process.
2. You can also take screenshots using the “Camera icon” during recording to capture still images
3. If you want to record full screen PC games, use theWindows logo key + Alt + G” shortcut to automatically start and stop screen recording.
4. Once you have saved your chosen game, you can edit the on-screen video by opening the Xbox app and selecting “catches”.
Microsoft created Xbox Game Bar to provide Windows users and Xbox gamers with a host of features. Simply selecting one will allow it to appear as a widget, allowing you to resize, move, and pin it to your screen during gameplay, making it easier to save your gameplay.
The tools included in the Xbox Game Bar also include a Widget menu, Settings, Audio, Capture (discussed above for screen recording), Performance allowing you to track your game stats, Gallery where you can view your saved clips and screenshots, Spotify allowing you to link your Spotify account and listen to music while you game. As well as social features like Group Finder, Xbox Social, Xbox Achievements, and Xbox Chat that let you start voice or text communication in a group or more personally via one-to-one communication.
If you still don’t know how to use the Xbox Game Bar app, please visit the official Microsoft Xbox support site.
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