How to start and stop screen recordings on a Windows device? (2022)

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If you’re looking to make a video tutorial or need to stream a great moment from a game you just played, you’ll need to understand how to record your device’s screen. There is an array of software and tools available online for this particular task. Going through them and finding the best tool for your needs can be tricky and confusing. To make it easier for you, we provide the top 3 ways to filter recording on your Windows device. By following these steps, you will be able to start and stop screen recording at any time.

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Here are the 3 best ways to start and stop screen recordings on Windows 10 and 11 device

Xbox game bar

Many people may not know this, but Windows 10 and 11 have native screen recording software built into the operating system. It is called the Xbox Game Bar and is primarily designed for gamers to record their game screen and capture vital gameplay moments. But it can still be used as an excellent screen recording software as it can record any app or browser screen.

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You don’t need to have an Xbox console to use this tool. It comes pre-installed on the Windows device so anyone can use it. The Xbox Game Bar has one drawback: it is unable to record desktop and File Explorer screens.

Step 1: Open the screen you want to save on your Windows device.

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2nd step: Find the Xbox Game Bar on your Windows gaming tab.

Step 3: The Xbox Game Bar overlay will open above your current screen. In the upper left corner, you will see the “Capture” window with several options. Press the record button. The capture window also has the option to take a screenshot.

Step 4: The Game Bar will start recording your screen. A small pop-up bar will open on the right side of your screen, giving you the option to end the recording. Click anywhere on the screen to hide the Xbox Game Bar overlay, so you can continue performing the task on your screen that you want to record.

the mall pop-up bar will open on the right side of your screen, giving you the option to end the recording

Click anywhere on the screen to hide the Xbox Game Bar overlay

Step 5: When you have recorded the footage you want, hit the stop button on the popup. A blue notification window will appear on the right side of your screen, notifying you that your recording has been saved.

A blue notification window will appear on the right side of your screen

Step 6: Click on the blue window that just appeared and it will take you to the folder where your recording is saved.

Click on the blue window that has just appeared

O.B.S. Studio

observation studio

Open Broadcast Software, more commonly known as OBS, is one of the most widely used tools for screen recording and sharing. Since Xbox Game Bar cannot record desktop and Windows File Explorer screen, users often flock to OBS for their streaming needs. OBS is available for free on the OBS Project website.

To record your Windows screen using OBS, follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Install and launch OBS.

2nd step: Click the Plus button in the Sources window to add a new source.

Step 3: Click on ‘Show capture’.

Step 4: A box will appear allowing you to name the source being recorded. You can give your source a name and press OK when you’re done.

Step 5: Choose a display and press OK. OBS allows you to link from different display sources, in case you are using multiple monitors. Choose the monitor of your choice and press OK. If you are using only one monitor, just click OK.

Step 6: Click on the “Start Recording” option.

Click on the option

Step 7: Minimize OBS on your screen and go to the screen you want to save.

Step 8: Click “Stop Recording” when you’re done.

OBS will save your recording to the Videos folder on your Windows device.

Microsoft feeds

microsoft stream.  Start Stop Windows Screen Recordings

If you use Microsoft Stream at your workplace or in your organization, you can also use it to record your screen. Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Stream.

2nd step: Select Create > Recording Screen.

Step 3: A window will appear, asking you to allow Microsoft Streams to access the microphone and camera. Click Allow.

Step 4: Click the Record button to start your recording. If you also want to record your system audio, click Share Audio.

Step 5: A countdown will appear on your screen. Wait for recording to start.

A countdown will appear on your screen.  Wait for recording to start.

Step 6: If you want to pause or end your recording, return to the Microsoft Streams tab and tap Next or Pause.

Microsoft Stream lets you record up to 15 minutes of screen footage.

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The three tools mentioned above will help you start and stop screen recording in Windows. These three tools allow you to record audio from your system as well as external voiceovers. To record a voiceover, you will need to plug in an external microphone. If there is any other tool or software with which you find it easy to record your Windows screen, mention it in the comments!

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