They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and if that’s the case, then a video must be worth a whole lot more! Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to show exactly what you’re seeing on your screen to someone else (or even for your future self… we record our screens here at Chiro Cat all the time to help us remember stuff). This post will explain how to record your screen on a Windows computer.
If you’re looking for ways to do the same sort of thing on a Mac, you could visit our other post:
If you’d like to share your screen with somebody (rather than record your screen), we recommend Teamviewer.
There are many ways to record your screen on a Windows computer, and a couple of them are even baked right into the operating system, but we found them to be a little clunky. Our favorite, free, and easiest way to record your screen on Windows is by downloading a program called OBS Studio, which is a free and open-sourced software that you can download here:
Once downloaded, install the program and open it up. You’ll see a screen sort of like this:
Towards the bottom of the screen, there is a Sources panel. Click on the + button at the bottom of the Sources panel and select Display Capture, as shown below:
Click OK a couple times to get back to the main screen. It’ll look a little funny, like an infinite mirror reflecting back on itself, but that’s fine for now. Than all you need to do is press Start Recording on the lower right side of the screen, as shown below:
At this point, OBS Studio is recording your entire screen and capturing any audio in hears through your microphone. Feel free to navigate to other windows or programs and talk out loud to explain what you’re showing on the video. Once you’re done showing off what you’d like to, head back to the OBS Studio and press Stop Recording. Your video will automatically be saved to the Videos folder on hard drive, as shown below:
Screen Shot (Still Image)
If all you need is a simple screen shot (an image file), you could use Windows’ built-in Snipping Tool. To open your Snipping Tool, press the windows button on your keyboard and search for it, as shown below:
Then just press the New button at the top of the program. You’ll notice that your screen goes a little darker, and you’ll be able to click and drag your cursor over the area that you’d like to take a screen shot of. You’ll then be able to add some drawings to your screen shot or highlight portions of it before saving it to your hard drive.
Here’s the whole process: