How to Record Windows 10 PC Screen for Free
You would like to understand how to record Windows 10 PC screen for free? Then rely on the tools for the purpose that you find reported below. As anticipated at the beginning, you can do this both by exploiting the predefined functions of the operating system and by resorting to the use of third-party software. The choice is yours alone.
Xbox Game Bar
Maybe not everyone knows, but it is possible record screen on Windows 10 using a tool already included in the system: the application Xbox Game Bar. As easily understood from the name itself, it is a solution designed primarily to record video of gaming sessions, but which can also be used to record any other activity that is carried out on the computer.
However, keep in mind that to take advantage of the solution in question your computer must integrate one of the following graphics cards: AMD Radeon HD 7700 series, AMD Radeon HD 7700M series, AMD Radeon HD 8500 series, AMD Radeon HD 8500M series, AMD Radeon R7 / R9 series or later, NVIDIA GeForce 600 or later or NVIDIA GeForce 800M or later. If you don't know which graphics card is on your computer, you can follow the directions in my guide on how to see what video card I have to find out.
That said, to take advantage of the Xbox Game Bar application for your purpose, start it by clicking on Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) located at the bottom left of the taskbar, type "Xbox" in the search field that appears and select the link Xbox Game Bar give the menu check if you press.
Now that on your computer desktop you see the Xbox Game Bar toolbar, to record the PC screen, click the button to start recording (the one with the cue ball) that you find in the widget Acquire. If you are unable to view the widget with the capture commands, first click on the button with the camera present on the application bar, so you can enable it.
When you want to, you can stop recording by calling up the Xbox Game Bar application again and pressing the button with the square. When the recording is finished, the related movie will be saved in the folder Video Of computer.
If you want to enable the use of the microphone during screen capture, before filming the desktop as I have just indicated, make sure that the button with the microphone (which you always find in the same widget) to start the acquisition is not crossed out. If so, click on it to fix it.
Still about the use of the microphone, I inform you that through the widget Audio (if it is not visible, you can enable it by clicking on the button with thespeaker located on the application toolbar) you can also adjust the volume and define the acquisition device.
I also inform you that, if you find it more convenient, you can decide in advance to record the desktop only for 15 or 30 seconds, by clicking on the button with the circular arrow that you always find in the acquisition widget.
And if you prefer the use of keyboard shortcuts, you can use the following key combinations instead of performing some of the steps described above.
- Win + G - launches Xbox Game Bar.
- Win + Alt + R - allows you to start and stop screen recording.
- Win + Alt + G - allows you to record the screen for 15 seconds.
- Win + Alt + M - allows you to enable and disable the use of the microphone during screen recording.
Are you unable to use the Xbox Game Bar in practicing the instructions I have just given you? Evidently it is because you must first enable the use of the feature to record screen on your PC.
To do this, click on the Start button at the bottom left of the taskbar, click on the icon Settings (that a form of gear) in the menu that opens and select the item Toys in the screen that is shown to you. Next, click on the item Xbox Game Bar in the side menu and bring up On the switch located at the top right.
I also inform you that from the same section of the Windows settings you can also redefine the key combinations to use. By selecting, instead, the item Acquisitions in the left sidebar you can change the settings related to the acquisition of Xbox Game Bar using the appropriate items on the right, for example, to change the output folder for videos, the frame rate, the quality of the videos obtained and away talking.
Further adjustments can be made from the application itself, by clicking on the button with the ruota d'ingranaggio present on the Xbox Game Bar toolbar and acting on the items attached to the window that appears.
User Action Recordings
Another tool already included in Windows 10 that you can use to record your PC screen is User Action Recordings. It is a tool that, as easily understood from the name itself, allows only and exclusively to record the actions that are performed on the desktop, without audio and without other frills.
To be able to use it, click on the button Home (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbar, type "Recording user actions" in the search field and select the relevant colleague attached to the menu that opens.
Once the User Action Logs bar appears on the screen, click the button Start registration, in order to start recording. If in the course of work you want to pause the recording, you can do so by clicking on the button Pause registration e poi quello Resume recording, to resume it.
If you want, during registration you can also enter comments by clicking on the button add comment, selecting the area of your interest or a control, typing the comment in the box that appears at the bottom right and pressing the button OK attached to it.
When you see fit, you can stop recording by clicking on the button Stop recording. A window will then open with a preview of the recording made. To be able to save it, click on the button Save, indicate the name and location of the output and press the button Save.
Note that the final file will be saved inside a ZIP archive and that to see the video obtained you will have to open the MHTML document obtained in the browser window.
If the default functions offered by your PC do not satisfy you, I strongly suggest you to record screen on Windows 10 with OBS (acronym for Open Broadcaster Software). It is a renowned software for filming what happens on the desktop, possibly also combining other video / audio sources, such as the webcam, and which allows you to perform direct streaming on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It's free, and while it might seem the opposite at first glance, it's also very easy to use.
To download it to your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the button Windows. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click the buttons Yes, Next (twice in a row), install e Finish, but will conclude the setup.
At this point, you need to worry about configuring the program to capture what happens on your PC screen. To do this, close the window that invites you to follow the OBS setup wizard by clicking on the button No; then press the button Settings located at the bottom right and select the item Exit present in the sidebar of the new screen that opens.
Then check that in the menu in correspondence with the wording Exit mode the option is selected Simple, adjust the bit rate and encoding of the movie using the appropriate menus attached to the section direct, indicates the folder in which you want to save the videos obtained by pressing the button Shop by Department next to the item Registration path, select the recording quality you prefer from the drop-down menu Recording quality and indicate the format you intend to use for recording from the menu Registration form (Eg. MP4 o MKV). Then remember to click on the buttons Apply e OK per salvare I modified it.
If you also want to broadcast live, select the item direct from the left sidebar, choose a service among those supported from the appropriate drop-down menu, click on button to connect your account and follow the directions given to you on the screen to start and complete the setup. Again, remember to click on the buttons Apply e OK to apply the changes.
Proceed to define the source to be used for capturing videos by clicking on the button capacitor positive (+) lead in the section References and selecting the option Capture the screen from the menu that appears, to make recordings of the entire desktop. Then leave the default settings active by clicking on the button OK in the window that opens, and adjust the shot as you see fit in the OBS preview.
If you want to create a recording in which the webcam video stream is also filmed in addition to the desktop, click the button again capacitor positive (+) lead in the section References, select the voice Video cattura device from the menu that appears and always press the button OK (making sure in advance to choose the right webcam from the appropriate menu). Then, move the webcam frame to your favorite spot in the video.
If you want to add audio to the movie, press the button once again capacitor positive (+) lead that you find in the section Referencesselect l 'incoming audio (i.e. the one coming from the microphone) and / or theaudio output (the one coming from the PC), adjust the volume levels via the box Audio mixer and start a recording by clicking on one of the appropriate buttons located on the right of the main OBS window.
To conclude, please proceed with the recording of the screen and any other sources by clicking on the button Start recording located at the bottom right. When finished, tap on button to stop recording and you will find the output movie in the folder you indicated in the program settings.
For more details on the operation and configuration of the program, you can refer to my guide dedicated specifically to the latter.
Other solutions to record screen on Windows 10
None of the solutions to record the screen on Windows 10 that I have already proposed has convinced you in a particular way and you would like to know if there are valid alternatives? I'll settle you immediately! In fact, below you will find listed a series of alternative tools that, in my opinion, you would do well to put to the test.
- CamStudio - free, easy to use and quite light program that allows you to record desktop videos in AVI format and Flash SWF format. Eventually, it is also possible to add directions, arrows and writings to the films made.
- Screenpresso - other software that allows you to record everything that happens on the PC desktop, providing users with various advanced options for this purpose, such as the ability to select the portion of the screen of your interest and to edit the videos obtained using the appropriate internal editor. Basically it's free, but to take advantage of additional features, such as recording HD videos, you need to switch to the paid variant (with prices starting from € 29,99 one-off)
- Camtasia Studio - it is one of the best programs to record the screen on Windows 10 (and not only) currently available. It should be noted that it allows you to add narrations in real time to the recordings made, various video effects, music and other accessory elements which, however, can prove to be very useful, especially in the didactic field. It is paid (it costs 269,05 euros), but you can try it for free and without limitations for 30 days. For more details, you can check out my specific guide on how to download Camtasia Studio.
- Screencast-o-Matic - it is a free online service which, after installing a specific application on the PC, allows you to record what happens on the desktop. It is perfectly compatible with all popular web browsers but has some limitations: it does not allow you to create videos longer than 15 minutes, it stamps a watermark on the generated videos and it does not capture audio from the PC but only that of the microphone. To bypass these impediments, you need to take out a paid subscription (with prices starting at $ 1,65 / month).
For more details about the programs that I have reported to you just now and to find out what other software you have from yours to film the screen of your PC with Windows 10, I suggest reading my review on programs to record the screen and mine article about programs for recording videos.How to record screen on Windows 10