How to record screen on Windows 10 computer?

Windows 10 has many useful inbuilt tools and utilities. For example, you can use the Voice Recorder to record sound in Windows 10, you can capture screen in Windows 10 with the built-in snipping tool. However still we find many missing features or software in this most recent Windows OS, such as a free DVD player for Windows 10, a screen recorder, etc. Users have to download third party software from Microsoft Store or other sources in these cases. For screen capture in Windows 10 though, there is a hidden utility tool we can use. This screen recording utility is built in the new Xbox app for Windows 10. This is not a specialized screen video recorder, but a built-in utility for recording Xbox games streamed to PC. The interesting part is that this tool can also be used to record regular software and apps on your computer. So if you face any problem using some software on your PC, you can use this tool to create a screen recording video and send it to your siblings and friends who might be able to help. If you want to let others know how to do something on the computer, make a video tutorial or demo.

How to record screen on Windows 10 computer using the Xbox app?

Search and launch the Xbox app on your computer. With the app running at the background. Go to start the app you want to record, and then press the Windows + G keys combination on your keyboard. This will bring up the Game Bar notification: Do you want to open Game bar? Click on ‘Yes, this is a game‘ to open the Game Bar.

record screen videos in windows 10 using xbox app

Click on the red Record icon to start recording the current window or activate app on your computer. While you’re recording, a small red recording notification bar shows at the top right corner of your computer screen. Click the Stop icon to finish the recording. The recorded screen video file will be saved as MP4 files to “This PC\Videos\Captures\” location on your PC, you can browse to this path in File Explorer to find them.

Record screen video with or without sound

From the Game bar, click the Settings icon to tweak the settings to suit your needs. Switch to the Audio tab, you can enable or disable audio recording.

Better screen recording alternatives

The Xbox app provides us a free way to record screen in Windows 10. However it has the drawbacks you may not like. For example, the Xbox app has to be running at the background, it can only record current window, you can’t switch between different apps or windows, this video recording utility provides only basic capabilities, you can’t edit the screen recordings, etc. For a more advanced screen recording tool or method, you may consider Camtasia by Techsmith, ScreenFlow, etc.


  1. The built-in recorder is quite simple to use, but users should note that sometimes it captures video in blank screen, this is mainly because that some game does not allow for recording. Lucky me, I find another alternative tool which called ** online screen recorder, it can record any screen activity with audio. And more importantly, it’s free as well.

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