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Screen Recording Options for Windows


1. Open PowerPoint

  • If you want to record a PowerPoint presentation, you may open that specific presentation. If you want to do a screen recording of something else on your screen, you may open a blank presentation.
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab. Find and click ‘Screen Recording’ towards the top on the right-hand side. You can also choose only to record audio in this section.

2. This is where you will select the area of the screen you want to view. You can minimize the screen before you choose this area.

  • Left-click, hold down, and drag the cursor over the area of the screen to record.
  • You may choose the entire screen or restrict to a portion of it. In the example below, only the area of the screen within the red-dashed lines will record. You can minimize screens and work with web browsers or software programs. All will be recorded.

3. Click the ‘Record’ button to start the recording. There will be a 3 second countdown. Make sure ‘Audio’ is selected if you’re speaking.

Note: The record bar should disappear during recording. Sometimes it takes a second or you have to click somewhere else on the screen.  It will appear again if you place the cursor at the top of the screen, but you can also use the keyboard to stop the recording. (Windows logo key+Shift+Q)

4. The video will appear in the PowerPoint presentation.

  • To save the video, right-click on it to bring up the menu.
  • Click ‘Save Media as…’
  • Save the file where desired.

5. If you want to do a simple edit of the video, Windows comes with a Video Editor. Find it by going to the search bar at the bottom of the screen and searching for it.

6. In Video Editor, click ‘New Video’ and ‘New Video Project.’ Name the video when asked.

7. Click ‘Add’ to add your video from where it is saved.

8. Left-click on the video and drag it to the storyboard below to edit.

9. You can do basic editing from here. I mostly use it to Trim the video at the beginning and end.


Sam is the Assistant Specialist for Technology Programming. Helping others with technology, Makerspace projects, and finding the resources and information they need are the best parts of her job! She enjoys finding new apps to try, crafts, puzzles, spending time with family, and reading.