How to screen record on Windows 10 – and you don't have to download any extra apps

WINDOWS 10 has a secret tool that lets you record videos clips of your computer screen.

The free screen recorder function is handy if you want to film yourself playing games or remotely show your elderly relatives how to find something on their PC.

You can also use it to show colleagues what's on your screen if you're working from home due to Britain's coronavirus lockdown.

While it's a nifty tool, Microsoft has done a pretty good job of hiding the tool.

It's actually nestled in a special tab dedicated to gaming within the Windows 10 operating system.

That tab is called Game Bar – and you may well not have seen it before.


To find it, bring up your Start Menu and search for "Game bar", or simply hit the keyboard shortcut Win + G.

This will open a slightly intimidating menu featuring all manner of buttons and features.

Don't be overwhelmed, though: You only need one of them to record your screen.

On the top bar, click the icon with four parallel lines next to the clock.


Hit the "capture" option in the dropdown menu to open the capture tab.

From here, click the big button with a circle in the middle – that means "record" – to start capturing your screen.

Everything you do on-screen will now be recorded by your computer.

Hit the stop button in the little window that pops up to finish recording your clip.

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The file will automatically be stored in the "Videos" folder within My PC.

You can then send it as an email attachment or on your preferred instant messaging service.

If you're not on Windows 10, there are a number of free apps you can use to record your screen instead.

OBS Studio is a good place to start, as is FlashBackRecorder.

In  other news, Microsoft warned Windows users this week of a "critical" hack attack with no fix available.

The UK's internet capacity could be rationed to prioritise key apps and websites.

And, Facebook has pledged to give $100million to help 30,000 small businesses survive the coronavirus outbreak.

Have you tried screen record on your PC? Let us know in the comments!

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