How to Record Video of an App in Windows 10

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video recording game dvrDid you know Windows 10 has a hidden screen recording utility? With it, you can record a video of your actions in just about any Windows app, whether it's you want to capture gameplay or create a tutorial for someone on using Microsoft Office. Here's how it works.

The new video recording tool is part of the Xbox app that comes installed by default in Windows 10. It's really easy to use and although it isn't as feature rich as dedicated video and screen capture tools like Snagit or Camtasia, it is free and great for quick and dirty screen recording.

1. Open the app you want to record. Unfortunately, the tool can't capture some programs, such as File Manager, or the entire desktop, but it does work in regular apps, whether from the Windows Store or desktop apps.

2. Press the Windows key and the letter G at the same time to open the Game Bar dialog.

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3. Check the "Yes, this is a game" checkbox to load the Game Bar. This is the procedure whether you are recording a game or another kind of app.

4. Click on the Start Recording button (or Win + Alt + R) to begin capturing video.

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5. Stop the recording by clicking on the red recording bar that will be on the top right of the program window. (If it disappears on you, press Win + G again to bring the Game Bar back.)

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That's it! You'll find your recorded videos, which are MP4 files, under the Videos folder in a subfolder called Captures. You'll also find them in the Xbox app under the Game DVR menu, where you can trim a video and share it on Xbox live (if it's a game).

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Note that you can also use the Xbox recording tool to take screenshots. Instead of clicking the recording button, click the camera icon on the Game Bar or Win+Alt+PrtScn.

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4 comments
  • Kate Z Says:

    Hello! How do I share a recording that I made using the Xbox screen recording tool? I want to share the video on another platform.
    Thanks

  • jeff card Says:

    The built-in recorder is quite simple to use, but users should note that sometimes it captures video in blank screen, this is mainly because that some game does not allow for recording. Lucky me, I find another alternative tool which called Acethinker screen recorder, it can record any screen activity with audio. And more importantly, it's free as well.

  • rajankandel Says:

    hello my name is rajankandel and im 12 years old and this app is so good i think

  • Irene Says:

    Thx for sharing this useful post. But the built-in game bar fails to capture my desktop. Lucky me, I found this useful video guide on YouTube. It helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzD8YKJDAs0

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