Back in the days of Windows 7, Windows Vista, or even Windows 8, recording a program on your screen meant you perhaps needed to install third-party software. Windows 10, however, has a built-in feature called the Xbox Game DVR with lets you record your screen without all that extra hassle.

To use the feature, all you need to do is open up the program, game, or app that you would like to record. Next up, you need to press the Windows Key and G together at once. Then, as seen below, you will be prompted to open the Game Bar. After this prompt, press on, “Yes this is a game,” to bring up the Game Bar.


Opening up the Xbox Games Bar

Make sure to press the big red button to begin recording

Once you’ve got that done, you can either press the big red circle to begin recording, or the Windows, Alt, and R keys together at once. You can then proceed to do what you would like to record, in my case this video of me navigating to my page at WinBeta.

As my video shows above, the results from the experience are very seamless, and there is no lag whatsoever while recording. In fact, the Game Bar will fade away as you begin recording, leaving you all the room to record what you please.

However, once you have finished recording, you can once again press with the Windows Key and G to open the Game Bar and press on the red button complete the recording. If you don’t want to mouse over all the way the record button, you can also press the Windows, Alt, and R keys together at once to do the same task.

Navigating to find your recording

After you’ve finished recording, you can navigate to the videos section of the File Explorer to find your recordings. By default, the recording is automatically placed in your VideosCaptures folder. From here you can copy, share, upload, delete, or edit the recordings manually.

Additional options to edit and share via the Xbox App in Windows 10

If you’re more adventurous, you can open the Action Center and press on the notification for the recording to further edit and share just as you would on a Xbox One. This would open up the Xbox App, which lists all your recordings, and lets you delete, trim clips, or share them.

Additional settings for recording

Then, as shown above, if you’re the type who likes to customize settings, you can also open the Games Bar, and click the gear icon to customize all your recording settings. You will find options for remembering programs as a game, options for how long to record, and much more. It is worth noting that if you choose to remember an app or program as a game, you can automatically begin recording by using the Windows, Alt, and R keys together at once.

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So, what do you think? Have you ever tried out recording via the Game Bar? How will you use the Game Bar to record your screen? Let us know by dropping us a comment below!

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