We presented you a couple of Windows 10 secrets some time ago, but we found another one that didn’t cover in that article. Namely, Windows 10 has a secret screen recording feature which allows you to record on-screen activity.
Capturing the picture screenshot in Windows is simple, and it was possible in all previous versions of Windows, you can read more about it here. But capturing a video wasn’t possible by default until now, and you needed a third-party software. You can try Windows’ hidden feature to capture the video.
How to record screen videos in Windows 10 using the Game Bar
You can use the Game bar for this. The Game bar is Microsoft’s toolbar which is meant for gamers to record screenshots and video clips directly from their games. Although this feature is for games, you can also use it in regular work.
Press the Windows key and G, and a pop up will appear, you should check the “Yes, this is a game” box. And all you need to do now to on start recording your screen is to hit the capture button and it will start.
Hit the button again when you want to stop the recording. You can also use a keyboard shortcut Windows key + Alt + R to start and stop the recording. There’s also a Settings button which can be used to set the limit on the length of your recording, so you don’t have to worry about filling up your hard disk space.
This hidden feature is the part of Xbox app in Windows 10, and it’s not so hidden, it’s just used for recording your screen in games, but apparently, you can use it in your regular work, as well. To access your recorded videos, open the Xbox app and go to Game DVR (which is the fifth icon from the bottom).
Of course, if you need more powerful tools to record Windows 10 screen videos, then you can download and install a dedicated screen recording software. Indeed, finding an excellent program to record your Windows 10 screen is not an easy task.
A short list of the best screen recording solutions includes: Icecream Screen Recorder, ActivePresenter and Snagit.
These three programs are extremely versatile and can handle anything you throw at them.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.