How to screen record on Windows 11

Recording screen is a great way to capture an event that you can use to record something funny or wonderful. To that end, Windows 11 comes with a built-in screen recording solution, and not only that, but you can also use other apps to complete the screen recording on Windows 11.

Record your screen with the Xbox Game Bar

The only built-in solution to record screens in Windows 11 is through the use of Xbox Game Bar, which works with Windows 11 by default. To open the Xbox Game Bar, press the Windows+G keyboard shortcut, or search for it in the Start menu.

The Xbox Game Bar will appear at the top of your screen. Click on the “Camera” icon to open the capture window.

The Capture window is an option that you can choose to record your screen. Before that, however, you’ll want to enable (or disable) your microphone first. If you want to speak while recording the screen, make sure the microphone icon is not crossed out and vice versa.


When you are ready to record, click on the “Record” button, which is the button with a solid white circle.


Your screen will start recording. When you are done, click on the “Stop” button and it is a pure white square. It is in the same position as the previous Record button.


To find your recording, click “Show all captures” at the bottom of the “Captures” window.

Use Microsoft PowerPoint for screen recording

Although not a built-in method, PowerPoint was developed by the same company as Windows, so you can safely use this app to record your screen without having to worry about junk software that is often downloaded with third parties.

To record your screen with PowerPoint, open PowerPoint, tap the Insert tab, and then select Screen Recording from the media group.


PowerPoint will disappear and a small bar will appear at the top of your screen. To the right of the menu bar, you can choose if you want to record audio and/or your cursor. If the option is highlighted in a peach color, then it’s enabled, and vice versa.

Next, you need to select the screen area you want to record. Once the menu bar appears, your cursor defaults to a plus sign, so click and drag the mouse on the screen to select the area you want to record. This area is framed by a perforated red line.


When you’re ready to record, click the “Record” option in the menu bar.


Your screen will start recording. You can pause your recording by tapping the “Pause” option in the menu bar and resume it by tapping “Play”, which only appears when you pause the screen. Or, if you’re done recording, click “Stop”, which is a solid blue square.

Note that while recording, the menu bar disappears. To make it reappear, move your mouse to the top of the screen.


After you’re finished recording, the recording will appear on your PowerPoint slide. To download it, right-click the recording and then select “Save Media As” from the context menu.


From there, just select a location you’d like to save your recording on your PC.

Use a third-party application to capture your screen

You can also use third-party apps to record your screen on Windows 11, and there’s no shortage of such apps. When looking for third-party apps, be sure to only download them from real sources.

If you decide to use a third-party application, make sure you use antivirus software at the same time. Be careful when downloading things online and always make sure to follow basic cybersecurity practices.