Three Ways to Record Your Screen in Windows 11

In this article, we’ll discuss how to record your computer’s screen with the integrated Windows 11 tool, and with some third-party apps as well.

Three Ways to Record Your Screen in Windows 11

Recording your screen could be useful in many situations. For example, you may need to record a short video from a game, or create a video tutorial. This way or another, such feature could become very useful and effective no matter what you do.

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🎬 Three Ways to Record Your Screen in Windows 11 🎬

🎬 Three Ways to Record Your Screen in Windows 11 🎬


We’ll begin with the official utility by Microsoft – Xbox Game Bar. Some builds of Windows 11 come with this app pre-installed. But even if your Windows lacks it, you can always install Game Bar from Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Store

Go to the Start menu, open Microsoft Store, sign in, type Xbox Game Bar in the search field, and click Get in the window that opens.

Installing Xbox Game Bar

Now Xbox Game Bar needs to be configured. Click on the Start menu, jump to Settings, open the Gaming tab, and find Captures.

Start - Settings - Gaming - Captures

Choose where to save your records; also, you can change video record settings: set maximum recording length, decide if you want sound recorded along with the video, set video frame rate, choose video quality, and decide if youwant to see the mouse cursor in your record.

Record, directory and framerate settings

Now launch any game or app you want to record: start Game Bar by pressing the key shortcut Win+G, and then look up to find the option Capture.

Launching Xbox Game Bar

On the left, the panel will appear with such options: take a screenshot, record last 30 seconds, start recording, take the mike on or off.

Additional options panel

Also, you can enable every setting with the help of a corresponding key shortcut. To learn the shortcut, hover the cursor over the specific icon. When you start screen recording, click on a free area to hide the Xbox panel, and the recording status will be shown in the top right corner of the screen.

Turning screen capture on

To stop recording, click on the Record button again or press the key shortcut Win+Alt+R. Go to Game Bar by pressing the key shortcut Win+G. Open the list of all records and jump to the tab Show all captures. This is where you can preview the captures, change the recording name, or open the file in its folder.

Preview your records

Sometimes Xbox Game Bar may refuse to open, or it can turn off by itself all the time, but this can be fixed: go to the Start menu – SettingsApps, and finally, Apps & features.

Start - Settings - Apps - Apps & features

Find the application and click on the three-dots button on the right to access advanced options.

Xbox Game Bar advanced options

Click on Repair and start app repairing, which will take some time. In the end, the progress bar will change into the tick. In the same way, you can reset the app.

Xbox Game Bar automatic repair

Third-party apps for screen recording in Windows 11

To my mind, Xbox Game Bar is an excellent integrated tool for screen recording in Windows 11. However, it is restricted to being able to record only one running app at a time, and that’s why I can’t put it on top of my personal rating. Meanwhile, there are numerous tools out there to let you make screen recordings in various versions of Windows. Naturally, we will never have time and resources sufficient to describe every app that can do it, so we’ll cover the best tools available.


We will begin with an app called Free-cam – it’s a free utility which is easy to use but very effective: go to the official website, give your email address and click Download.

Free-cam official website

After that, run the installer and after the installation, start Free-cam. When the program window opens, click New Recording.

Free-cam official website

Now you need to change the screen capture area. Go to Capture Size and switch it to Fullscreen by clicking on this option. Also, you can choose a specific app window or a specific screen area. Click on the Record button.

Select capture size

After that, you will see a countdown (3 seconds) before Free-cam starts the recording. To stop recording, press the Esc key. After that, the window to preview your record opens.

Video preview

In the preview panel, you can edit the video if necessary. If you don’t need to, you can upload the video to YouTube immediately, or just save it somewhere on your computer. With the integrated editor, you can remove noise, adjust the volume, trim the video, and add some fade in and fade out elements. To remove sound or some frames, select a part of the video to edit.

Integrated video editor

Then right-click and choose Silence Selection or Delete from the menu. After that, click Save and Close to go back to the previous window.

Saving a ready video

When you’re finished with editing. click Save as Video. Also, you can download the video to YouTube. Free-Cam is pretty easy to use, and it offers a great range of functions for an ordinary user, but not enough for professionals.

OBS – Open Broadcaster Software

There are also more complicated software tools – for example, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)

It’s a popular application used by thousands of streamers on various platforms. It can also record simple screen captures and is probably one of the best free tools for the job.

To download OBS, follow the link to its official website, and choose your platform; in my case, it is Windows. After that, run the installer and after the installation, start the program

Open Broadcaster Software official website

After that, the Auto-Configuration Wizard opens. Click on the tab Optimise just for recording and click Next.

Optimise just for recording

Select resolution and framerate, click Next and Apply Settings.

Select resolution and framerate

Jump to the tab Sources and add Display Capture, then click OK / Next where necessary. Also, you can add new sources. For example, a logo text or the Game Capture feature, where various settings are available.

Sources tab - adding Display Capture

Go to the Controls tab and click on Start Recording. To stop or pause the recording, go back to the OBS window and click on the Stop Recording button or the Pause button.

Start recording

When the recording is stopped, you’ll see the path to the saved file in the lower left corner of the app window.

The path to the saved file

In my opinion, this is the best tool to choose if you’re looking for a free tool to record your screen, with good functionality, high performance and ease of use – even for beginners.

Vladimir Artiukh

Author: , Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: , Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.

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