How to Use a Free Screen Recorder For Windows

Unless you have Windows 10 and the Game Bar tool enabled, you can't natively record screens in Windows. In this article, I'm sharing how to record your screen in Windows 10 and how to use an online screen recorder.

How to Use a Free Screen Recorder For Windows

Updated: January 6th, 2022

Since its inception, screen recorders have been a game-changing tool for a range of users. While there's a native video capture tool in Windows 10, individuals with older versions of Windows need an alternative.

Let's briefly discuss why an accessible video capture tool is important.

Screen recorders simplified how instructors create content for students, particularly in remote settings. In one sitting, teachers can record themselves, the computer screen, and a voiceover to make an engaging lesson. Students have the flexibility to pause, rewind, and skip sections to learn at their pace.

You're likely familiar with the impact screen recorders have made on content creation. Screen recording introduced a new genre on YouTube known as react videos. Yes-people watch other people react to videos, and it's been widely successful!  

In this article, I'm sharing how to record your screen in Windows 10 and an online screen recorder for Windows PC users.

How to Record a Screen on Windows 10

In Windows 10, the Game Bar feature can record screens and capture screenshots to reference at a later time. Before starting, make sure your computer has one of the following encoders.

  • NVidia NVENC
  • Intel Quick Sync H.264

Follow these quick steps to enable video capturing on Windows 10.  

  1. Click the start menu then open settings.
  2. Click gaming.
  3. Click gaming Bar.

Once you've completed step three, toggle on, "record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar." You can add keyboard shortcuts to speed up tasks and improve gameplay. For Xbox One users, check the next option to open Game Bar with a controller.

Press Win and G simultaneously to open Game Bar, then press the record button in the Capture panel to record your screen. Now you're well on your way to making useful and creative videos.

Image by Xbox Support

Free Screen Recorder for Windows

Kapwing has an intuitive online screen recorder if you don't have Windows 10 or meet the system requirements for Game Bar. This alternative is commonly used to capture short reaction videos, online lessons, and livestreams to watch at a later time.

To access the screen recorder, open Kapwing Studio in Chrome and click record. With the free version of Kapwing, you can export videos up to seven minutes and store projects up to two days old. The screen record feature has four options including record screen and camera, record screen, record camera, and record audio only. I'll explain how to record a website with and without a camera on Windows.  

How to Record a Website on Windows

To record a website, click record then record screen. From here you'll see a box with customizable settings. You can toggle on include microphone to record a voiceover or enable include tab audio to capture sound directly from a tab. If you enable both settings, I highly recommend wearing headphones so the tab audio isn't captured twice. Click the red start recording button and choose the contents of your screen to share with Kapwing.  

You can record the entire screen, an application window, or a Chrome tab. If you want to navigate between your browser, home screen, and applications select the first option. The second option lets you record an application window in fullscreen and the third option records a single Chrome tab.

When you're finished, click stop in Kapwing and the video will import into the studio. In addition to screen recording, Kapwing has free online tools to edit images and videos. You can add text, captions, and background music to pull your video together, then click export video and download.  

How to Record Face and Screen with Windows

To make an appearance in your screen recording, toggle on include camera and include microphone so your commentary is captured. You can use the dropdown menu to select your built-in camera or a choose a webcam. The next dropdown menu lets you choose a microphone for your voiceover. When you're ready, click start recording and choose a screen to capture.

Once you click stop in Kapwing, both videos are imported into the timeline. You can resize each video with the crop tool and change the brightness, contrast, and saturation by clicking adjust under edits. When you're finished editing, click export video in the top right corner to process and download the video to your computer.

I hope this article provided a resourceful screen recorder for windows to meet your content creation needs. Keep up with our latest videos by subscribing to Kapwing on YouTube and tweet as @Kapwingapp. If you made a project you're proud of in Kapwing, connect with us on social media so we can see!

Edit Recorded Videos on a PC

Windows Movie Maker no longer exists, so you'll need to use a different editing solution if you want to trim, add text, or add music to the recorded videos. Fortunately, people who record their videos directly within Kapwing can edit the layers directly. For example, you can make your face larger and smaller, or shorten the screen recording so that it doesn't appear for the whole duration of the video

Check out this article for more video editing tips on a Windows computer.

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