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How to screen record on Mac?

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You might want to record a YouTube video on your Mac’s screen for some reason, you can screen record on your Mac. You can also screen record with audio, show mouse clicks, etc. Let us go through the two ways you can screen record your Mac’s screen. 

How to Screen Record with keyboard shortcuts?

It’s easier to screen record on Mac than on Windows. We can just use one simple combination of keys to record our screen. We use the Command key, the Shift key, and the 5 key. Let us see how to do so step at step: 

Step 1: Switch on your Mac and open up the screen or the YouTube video you want to record. 

Step 2: Now press the Command key, the Shift key, and the 5 key. 

Step 3: Now a Screenshot Toolbar will appear on the bottom of the screen of your Mac. 

Step 4: Select either Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion according to your preferences. 

(Record Entire Screen icon appears fourth to the x icon and the Records Selected Portion icon appears fifth to the x icon). 

Step 5: if you chose Record Selected Screen, you will see a box appear on your Mac’s screen. You can easily drag and click on the edges around the box to record what portion you want to. 

Step 6: Click on the Record option, next to the Options option. You’ll see it on the right corner of the toolbar. 

Step 7: Now that you have recorded your screen, you can either click on the circle in the square icon to stop recording or you can press the Command key, the Control key, and the Esc key. 

If you want to record the audio:

If you want to record the audio or the voice while recording your screen, you need to click on the Options option in the toolbar. Under this, you can also set a timer or choose where to save your recording, or show mouse clicks before you start recording the screen. 

How to Screen Record with QuickTime?

If you have an older version of Mac, the keyboard shortcuts might not work for you instead you can use QuickTime. To use this you need to open the QuickTime app on your Mac and click on the File option. Now select the New screen recording option. Let’s see how to do this properly step by step: 

Step 1: Open the QuickTime player. This app comes pre-installed on Mac. But still, if you are not able to find it or see it, you can download it easily.

Step 2: Now click on the File option. You can see the file option at the top of the Menu bar. 

Step 3: Click on the New Screen Recording option from the list. Now you’ll see the Screen Recording window on your screen. 

Step 4: Now you can press the red button to start recording. Click anywhere on the screen to record the full screen or you can drag to select to record a specific portion of the screen. Now you can click on the record button.

Step 5: To stop recording your screen you can click on the black circle button in the menu bar. You can also use a keyboard shortcut, press the Command key, the Control key, and the Esc key. 

How to save the screen recording?

If you are using QuickTime, after you stop recording the video will open automatically, ready to be edited or to be shared. You can save it by clicking on the File option, then Save in the QuickTime menu or you can do it by using a keyboard shortcut, pressing the Command key and the S key. 

How to screen record on Windows?

Let’s see how to screen record on Microsoft Windows step by step :

How to screen record using PowerPoint?

Step 1: Open MS Powerpoint.

Step 2: Click on the insert menu and then under the media section click on the screen recording option. 

Step 3: A small recording toolbar will open in front of you. It captures the full-screen by default. 

Step 4: You can select the region and click on the Record Pointer to add mouse activity. to enable the audio recording click the Audio button. 

Step 5: Then play the youtube video that you wish to record in your browser. Click on the record button to commence the recording. the options to pause and stop recording will appear on the small toolbar. 

Step 6: Click on stop when you have the desired video recorded, it will be directly added to the slide. To save the video, click right on the clip and save it on your device. 

How to screen record using the XBOX game bar?

Step 1: Press ( Win+1) to access Windows settings

Step 2: Check the list and click on the gaming option.

Step 3: Make sure you are on the Xbox Game Bar in the left panel. 

Step 4: Click to switch ON the Xbox Game Bar. Put a check on the “open Xbox Game Bar using this button on a controller” option. 

Step 5: Review all the options and remember the shortcut keys. Close the Settings window and open the youtube video you wish to record.

Step 6: Press (Win + G) to acquire the Xbox Gaming Bar. Check and locate the Capture section on the top left.

Step 7: Under the Broadcast & Capture section, you will find options to capture a screenshot, capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay, start video recording, or add voice recording using a Microphone. Open the browser and play the video you wish to capture. Click on the start button (white dot) and it will start recording. Or you can just press (Win + Alt + R) to record YouTube videos.  

Step 8: Once the recording starts, you will find a small progress bar. to control the recording, click the pause or stop option.

Once you have the desired video, click on the Stop button to finish the recording. Your video will be automatically saved in the library. 


In the above article, we discussed how we can screen record on Mac via keyboard shortcuts and QuickTime. Further, we discussed how we can screen records on Windows. 


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