How to Record Your Screen in Windows 11 for Your Gaming or Creative Projects

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Quick steps

  • Launch Game Bar with Win + G
  • Configure video options
  • Capture your screen in a video or image

Screen Recording in Windows 11

It’s incredibly easy to take a static screenshot of what you see on your screen, but how about capturing video of on-screen activity? Whether you’re looking to record your screen to create a video tutorial or want to record gameplay footage for posterity, Windows 11 has a secret screen recording option built into it.

Although there are many third-party screen recording apps you can use, sometimes the built-in option might work, especially when playing a game.

The Windows 11 screen recorder is part of the Game Bar app, and while it’s designed for gaming, it can also be used for other things, including recording activity at screen and record as a video file that can be edited, shared online, or simply stored on your hard drive.

Since there are many features to choose from, we have broken them down into a guide where you can easily choose which ones you are going to use in the next multiplayer match.

Launch Game Bar

Launch Game Bar

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You might not know the Game Bar app (or Xbox Game Bar for its full name) existed, but you can launch it from the Start menu.

Click the Start button — or press the Windows key on your keyboard — type game bar then click on the shortcut that appears. You can also access the game bar using a keyboard shortcut by pressing windows key + g together.

Access the capture panel

Access the capture panel

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The Game Bar is something of a non-traditional app. as the name suggests, it is a bar rather than a standard windowed application. The main bar gives you access to many components, including the screen recorder; Since this is an application aimed at gamers, the inclusion of a performance panel to monitor resource usage is unsurprising.

You should also see a Capture panel, but if it is not visible, click on the Capture button in the main toolbar – it is next to the audio button and looks (almost) like a camera.

Configure game bar settings

Configure game bar settings

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There are a few options you can configure from the Game Bar itself, and you can access them by clicking the Settings button on the far right of the toolbar – the one that looks like a cog.

When you are in the settings, navigate to the Capture section and you can choose whether recording should occur in the background or only when a game or app has focus.

You can also choose whether you want to record system sound, microphone sound, or both. But that’s not the end of the settings you can configure – you’ll find more in the main Windows Settings app.

Configure capture settings

Configure capture settings

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It’s also worth taking a look at the main Windows 11 Settings app, as you’ll find more screenshot settings you might want to configure. Open Settings and head to Games > catches and you can change options like audio volume, frame rate, and video quality.

If you want to store your captures in a location other than the default location, click the File open button to open the folder in explorer. You can then drag and drop the Captures folder to a new location, and future videos will automatically save there.

Recording and access to captures

Recording and access to captures

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Final Thoughts

The ability to record what’s happening on your screen is incredibly useful. We’ve outlined a few potential use cases, but you can probably imagine many, many more.

The fact that the feature is integrated into Windows 11 is a nice surprise, but as useful as the Game Bar is, you might find that you need something slightly more capable. Fortunately, there are various other options you can look into.

Camtasia is perhaps the most well-known screen recording tool. (opens in a new tab). Although it is incredibly powerful software, it is also expensive enough to make it unappealing to many people.

If you prefer to stick with freeware, OBS Studio is worth considering. (opens in a new tab), downloadable from the Microsoft Store. Although free, it’s a bit complicated to start with, but fighting the learning curve is worth it. One last tool worth checking out is Bandicam. (opens in a new tab)which balances ease of use, features and price.

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