Windows 10 comes with a screen recording tool built-in. It’s another one of those things that Microsoft isn’t really advertising or promoting. It’s pretty well hidden. Officially, it’s a Game DVR, for recording gameplay. But it records video from the window you point it to, along with the sound, so that means you can use it to record almost any kind of activity on your PC.
This might just be the easiest ways to record walk-through, lessons or bug reports.
But before you get too excited, you should know that this tool is not for pros. Or even power users. There are no individual controls for sound and video, you can’t even specify the basic settings for capturing video. If you want control, you’ll be better off with apps like Camtasia. All this is, is a built-in tool to use when you don’t really want to/can’t use a third-party software.
Let’s see how it’s done.
How to Use Game DVR in Windows 10
As I said above, the option is well hidden. You bring it up by pressing the keyboard shortcut Windows+G. When you bring it up after selecting a window that’s not a game, it will act suspiciously. You’ll need to check the box that says “Yes, this is a game” to be able to go forward.
Then you’ll see the Game DVR bar. This is a floating bar you can move wherever you want.
The most obvious part of the equation is the big red record button. Click it and the app will start recording the foreground window.
Note: It won’t record the entire screen. Only the app. So if you want to record a game, you better run in windowed mode instead of full screen.
While the app is recording, you’ll see a timer floating in the top-right. The game bar will disappear. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows+G to bring it up again and click the Record button to stop the recording.
You can also take a screenshot while recording by using the Windows+Alt+PrtScr keyboard shortcut.
Once you stop the recording, the app will generate the video automatically and save it in This PC -> Video -> Captures.