How to Screen Record on a Laptop?

Isabella Garcia Isabella Garcia Updated on Aug 17 , 2021 Tag:

Want to upload a tutorial video to YouTube? Need to create a how-to presentation for work? Recording your screen may be the best way for you. Do you know how to screen record on a laptop? Don’t worry! It’s easy. All you need is a reliable recording tool. This post will recommend you two easy-to-use screen recorders and show you how to screen record on a laptop step by step. Now, let’s start to go through it.

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How to screen record on a laptop with RecMaster?

RecMaster is a powerful and user-friendly recording software that has the ability to capture high-quality videos on your laptop screen. You can use it to record the entire screen of the PC, customized area, gameplay video, audio, and webcam, etc. In addition, you can also use its built-in editor to make some simple video clips. It’s really a time saver! For your convenience, we have listed the simple steps of how to record a laptop screen below.

This laptop screen recorder has a Windows version and a Mac Os version. The detailed guide for Mac users>> Screen Recording on Mac: 3 Methods for You to Be Master

In this tutorial, we will introduce how to use the Windows version to record screens. RecMaster is suitable for Windows 10/8/7/XP system, and Windows 11 is also applicable.

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Step 1: Choose a recording mode

After you download and install the video recorder, choose what you want to record and select a suitable recording mode. RecMaster offers seven recording modes for users. Here we choose the Full-screen mode as an example. Full-screen recording means that all activities on your laptop screen will be captured.

You can click here to know more about other useful recording modes in RecMaster.

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Step 2: Confirm the settings

After that, you can confirm the recording settings. By using RecMaster, you can record the system sound, microphone sound, or both of them. You can also record “picture in picture” which means you can record your webcam while recording the screen.

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Tip: You can set the video format before start recording. RecMaster allows you to save the recordings in MP4, AVI, FLV, and GIF formats as you like. (Menu>> Settings>> File)

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Step 3: Start screen recording

To start laptop screen recording, click the big button. Alternatively, you can type the Alt key + 1 to enable the capturing.

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Step 4: Pause/ stop the recording.

Then, the main interface will be minimized and you can find a toolbar at the top of the middle of the computer screen. During the video recording, you are allowed to take a screenshot by clicking the camera icon or pressing the Alt key + f1. RecMaster enables you to add some annotations to your video which makes it more attractive. You can press the Alt key + h to pop up the annotation tool.

To pause the recording, you can hit the Pause icon. If you want to finish the capturing, you can hit the Stop button.

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Step 5: Edit and share the recorded videos

Once you end the recording, you will find your videos in the recording list. In the recording list, you can play, rename, edit and delete the unwanted video. Adding a name to the video can help you find it faster in the future.

In RecMaster, it’s easy to share your recordings to YouTube and Google Drive by clicking the Upload button.

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Tip: The built-in editing tool allows you to cut, trim, add captions, remove the logo, and deleted the checked clips. By using this laptop screen recorder, you don’t need to download another editing software and you can make your recorded video more beautiful and attractive in a very small amount of time.

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How to screen record on a laptop with Game Bar?

Windows 10 has a screen recording utility called the Xbox Game Bar. You can use Game Bar to record any Windows app on your laptop. But this record feature is limited because you can only record the window of one program. If you need to record your entire laptop screen, we recommend you choose RecMaster to record. The advantage of the Game bar is that it is the software that comes with the Windows 10 system, and you don’t need to download it from the Internet.

Step 1: Launch Game Bar

First, open the program you’re going to record and press the Windows logo key + G to launch Game Bar. You can hit the Capture icon to pop up the capturing bar.

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Step 2: Start screen recording

Next, click the record button to start recording.

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Step 3: Stop the recording

You can see the capture status during the recording. To stop, just click the Stop icon. In Xbox Game Bar, you are not allowed to pause the recording.

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Step 4: Save the recorded videos

After that, you’ll find your recorded videos in MP4 format, under the Videos folder in a subfolder called Captures.


In this tutorial, we have recommended you a built-in screen recorder and third-party screen recording software. You can use Xbox Game Bar without downloading any software. But Game Bar’s feature is limited and can only record programs. If you are a Windows 10 user and you only need to record the program video without editing, you can choose Game Bar. RecMaster is a feature-rich and user-friendly third-party screen video recorder. Compared with Game Bar, RecMaster allows you to record the full screen, custom area, gameplay, audio, and so on. You can also do some basic video editing. Both of them are great screen recording tools, you can choose one according to your needs. You should have known how to screen record on a laptop. Let’s record your video now!

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Isabella Garcia

Isabella Garcia

Isabella Garcia is an experienced editor for RecMaster, She currently concentrates on writing articles about gameplay recordings and also, How-to guide to regular recordings. Her article aims to provide users with more instructive information.

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