How To Use Windows 10’s Built-in Screen Recorder

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Many people use screen recording on their computers, tablets and smartphones for various purposes. Gamers do it to record their cool moves and achievements, while some of us use it to send how-to videos to our parents and grandparents. We are familiar to various third party screen recording apps for Windows but not many people are aware of the fact that Windows 10 features a built-in screen recorder.

Microsoft has included a built-in screen recorder in the new Xbox app for gaming clips but you can also use it to record other apps. Microsoft has given its gamers user-base a lot of attention in Windows 10 with the new Xbox app including features like Game Streaming, Game DVR and ability to sync Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Coming back to the screen recording feature in Windows 10, there are a few limitations like the inability to record in high-resolution, which might be a deal breaker for some. However, if you want a hassle free screen recorder which just gets the job done, this should do it for you. So, without any further ado let’s find out how to use Windows 10 built-in screen recorder.

Here’s how to use Windows 10’s built-in Screen Recorder

1. Enter the Start Menu and locate Xbox app. If you are not able to find it, you can search for the app in Cortana’s search box.

Windows 10 Xbox app

2. Once the Xbox app is open, just hit the key combo “Win + G” on the screen you want to record or take a screenshot. The “Win + G” key combo should open the Game Bar.

3. Game Bar will ask you if the screen you are in is a game, you will just have to lie here and click the tick box that says, “Yes, this is a game“.

Game Bar question

4. Then, you will see the Game Bar with options to go to the Xbox app, “Record that“, “Screenshot“, “Start Recording” and “Settings“.

Game Bar features

5. The cool thing is if you enable “Background Recording” in Game Bar Settings, the “Record that” feature will automatically bring you last 30 seconds of your game-play or screen time.

You can hit “Screenshot” to take a screenshot of the screen you are in. On pressing “Start Recording” button, it starts recording your screen. The “Settings” button takes you to Game DVR settings, where you can enable “Background Recording“, ability to remember an app as a game and more.

Game Bar Settings (1)

6. The screenshots and recorded videos are saved in “C:\Users:\[username]:\Videos:\Captures“, you can go ahead and edit or share your videos anywhere you want. You can also find the screenshots and videos in the Xbox app under the Game DVR tab.

Xbox Game DVR

7. You can also configure various “Game DVR” features in the “Settings” tab buried in the hamburger menu on Xbox app. It allows you to change the shortcuts to take screenshots and video recordings from the default one to your choice of shortcuts.

You can also change the folder where you want the screenshots and videos to be saved. Then, there’s the ability to change “Video Quality” and “Video Resolution” of screen recordings. You can also Turn On audio recording to have some commentary along with videos.

Game DVR settings

The default shortcuts for various features are:

  • Open Game Bar – Win + G
  • Record that – Win + Alt + G
  • Start/Stop Recording – Win + Alt + R
  • Take Screenshot – Win + Alt + Prt Sc
  • Show/hide recording timer – Win + Alt + T


1. You will need to have one of the following video cards to record your screen through Game DVR:

  • AMD: AMD Radeon HD 7000 series, HD 7000M series, HD 8000 series, HD 8000M series, R9 series, and R7 series.
  • NVIDIA: GeForce 600 series or later, GeForce 800M series or later, Quadro Kxxx series or later.
  • Intel: Intel HD graphics 4000 or later, Intel Iris Graphics 5100 or later.

2. Windows 10’s built-in screen recorder does not allow you to record the desktop, you need to be inside an app to record your screen.

3. You also need to have the Xbox app open for Game DVR to work. The videos are recorded in MP4 format, while images are saved in PNG format.

The Xbox Game DVR’s screen recorder might not be very feature rich but it gets the job done.

SEE ALSO: 7 Best Screen Recorder Apps For Android Lollipop

So, this was our tutorial on how to use Windows 10’s built-in screen recorder. If you have any doubts or queries, you can let us know in the comments section below.


Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!