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How to Record Screen in Microsoft Windows 7

Two Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to record your computer screen on Windows 7. You can use either the free OBS ("Open Broadcaster Software") Studio program or the free ScreenRecorder program to do so.

Steps

Using OBS Studio

  1. Open the OBS Studio site.Go to in your computer's web browser. OBS Studio is a free program that allows you to record your screen in high-definition and then save the recordings as playable video files on your computer.
  2. ClickWindows.It's a green button near the top of the page. This will prompt the OBS Studio setup file to begin downloading onto your computer.
  3. Find the downloaded setup file.You'll usually find downloaded files in the "Downloads" folder, which you can open by pressingWin+Eand then clickingDownloadson the left side of the resulting window.
  4. Double-click the OBS Studio setup file.This will prompt the installation window to open.
  5. Install OBS Studio.To do so:
    • ClickYesif prompted.
    • ClickNext
    • ClickI Agree
    • ClickNext
    • ClickInstall
    • Wait for the program to finish installing.
  6. Launch OBS Studio.Make sure that the "Launch OBS Studio" box in the middle of the page is checked, then clickFinish. OBS Studio will open.
    • You can also start OBS Studio by double-clicking its app icon on your desktop.
  7. Navigate through the on-screen prompts.The first time you run OBS Studio, you'll usually be asked if you want to run the Auto-Configuration Wizard. Click onYesand follow the prompts.
  8. Click .It's in the lower-left side of the "Sources" window, which is in the lower-left section of the OBS Studio window. Clicking it prompts a pop-up menu to appear.
  9. ClickDisplay Capture.This option is near the top of the pop-up menu. A new window will open.
  10. Check the "Create new" box.You'll find it near the top of the window.
  11. Enter a name for your capture.Type the name under which you want to save your capture in the text field at the top of the window.
  12. Click .It's at the bottom of the window.
  13. Click again.This will complete the recording setup. You're now ready to begin recording.
    • If you want to keep your mouse out of your screen recording, first uncheck the "Capture Cursor" box.
    • If you use multiple displays, first click the "Display" drop-down box, then click the name of the display that you want to capture.
  14. ClickStart Recording.It's in the lower-right section of the OBS Studio window. Your recording will begin.
  15. ClickStop Recordingwhen you're finished.It's in the same place as theStart Recordingbutton. The video will be saved to your computer.
    • To view your screen recording, clickFilein the menu bar, then clickShow Recordingsin the resulting drop-down menu.

Using ScreenRecorder

  1. Open the ScreenRecorder page.Go to in a web browser.
    • ScreenRecorder is a free utility developed by Microsoft.
  2. ClickUtilityOnlineMarch092009_03.exe.It's at the top of the window. Doing so will cause the ScreenRecorder file to download onto your computer.
  3. Locate the downloaded file.You'll usually find downloaded files in the "Downloads" folder, which you can open by pressingWin+Eand then clickingDownloadson the left side of the resulting window.
  4. Double-click the setup file.Doing so will launch the installation window.
  5. Install ScreenRecorder.To do so:
    • ClickYeswhen prompted.
    • Select an installation location by clicking, clicking a folder, and clickingOK
    • ClickOk
    • ClickOkwhen prompted.
  6. Open the installation folder.Go to the location in which you installed ScreenRecorder, then double-click theUtilityOnlineMarch09folder there.
  7. Double-click the "64-bit" folder.It's at the top of the installation folder.
  8. Double-click the "ScreenRecorder" icon.It resembles a computer monitor.
  9. Install the Windows Media Encoder 9.Follow the on-screen prompts to do so.
  10. Finish installing ScreenRecorder.Double-click the "ScreenRecorder" icon again, then follow the prompts to install ScreenRecorder in its default location.
  11. Open ScreenRecorder.Double-click the ScreenRecorder shortcut on your desktop to open it.
  12. Select the element you want to record.Click the drop-down box on the left side of the ScreenRecorder bar, then select eitherFULL SCREENor a specific window to record.
  13. Check the Audio box to enable audio recording.If you have a microphone plugged in, you can check the Audio box to enable audio recording along with the video capture. This will allow you to narrate what you are doing in the video.
    • ScreenRecorder uses your default Windows settings for audio input.
    • You can adjust audio levels through the Volume settings in the System Tray.
  14. Decide if you want the border of your window to flash.This tool causes the border of the window that is being recorded to flash. It will not appear in the recorded video.
    • If you don't want to border to flash, check the "No Border Flashing" box before proceeding.
  15. Click .It's in the middle of the ScreenRecorder window. This will open the recording tool.
  16. Specify a name and file location.Click the button at the top of the recording tool to do so.
    • ScreenRecorder records in WMV format.
  17. Click theStartbutton.ScreenRecorder will begin recording your specified area.
    • You can click the yellowPausebutton to pause recording.
  18. Finish recording when ready.Click the redStopbutton to do so. This will complete the recording and output it to the file that you specified.

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  • Question
    Are there any other screen recorders?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, there are many. Just be aware that some of the less well known free ones may contain viruses, This screen recorder is virus free.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Do I need administrator rights to download this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    To download it, no. To install it, yes. If you don't have administrator privileges, you can use a portable version.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Will the screen record record everything on screen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it will record everything.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does this contain any viruses?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I fix it if these steps don't work?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to Programs and Utilities to uninstall the program, and follow the steps carefully once again.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I upload a recording to YouTube without changing the extension?
    Top Answerer
    YouTube supports most common video formats. If it uses an unsupported format, try changing the format.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    My screen always shows that screen recorder has stopped working. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try to install a different program. If you don't want to do that, reinstall the current program. Also, make sure you don't have unnecessary windows open that you don't need to be recording at the moment.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does it cost anything?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you buy PowerPoint, you can screen record for free with no watermarks.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does it record cursor movement too?
    Cameron Paxton
    Community Answer
    If you mean like showing exactly where the sprite for your cursor is, it will most likely show your mouse tracker, but sometimes windows screen recorders are dodgy.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Does this create a watermark?
    Top Answerer
    No. However, some other free screen recorders may have watermarks.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • When I click ok after selecting (audio option) the program stopped working?
  • How can I put a green highlighted border around the text/items/objects?
  • Is there a maximum recording length permitted?
  • After I double - clicked UtilityOnlineMarch092009_03.exe I clicked run, but nothing happened. What do I do?
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  • OBS Studio is compatible with Windows 7 and up.
  • If you just want to take a snapshot of your screen, you can use the Windows 7 snipping tool.

Warnings

  • Prolonged screen recordings can take up a large amount of hard drive space.
  • OBS Studio isn't ideal for recording video games or other programs that use large amounts of memory and processing power.

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