Use Windows 10’s Game Bar Feature to Record App Videos

Dave LeClair 21-12-2015

We live in an age where people are willing to spend hours sitting around watching other people play videos Twitch for Android: Everything You Need to Know Twitch for Android recently updated to support video on demand, so we take a close look at the awesome new app. Read More . As such, Microsoft included a feature in Windows 10 that lets gamers record their gameplay Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More with just a couple keyboard strokes.


But it can do more than that. In fact, with it, you can actually record videos of any app you’re running on Windows 10. If you want to record your screen while demoing something in Photoshop How to Make Your Own Christmas Card in Photoshop It's never been easier to make your own Christmas card on Photoshop. In this article, we walk you through making one. Read More , for example, you can avoid downloading third-party screen recording software The 5 Best Screen Recorder Apps for Capturing Your Mac OS Screen Need a tool to record the screen on your Mac? Here are the best screen recorder apps to capture your Mac desktop. Read More and just use Game DVR.


While the app you want to record is in focus, press Windows Key + G. A little box will open on the bottom of the screen saying “Do you want to open the Game Bar?” Click the check box acknowledging that you do.

Now, anytime you hit Windows + G in that app, the bar will open. You’ll see a big red button on the bar, and clicking that will record your screen. Hit Windows Key + G again when you’re done, and it’ll stop recording. It’s as easy as that!

Are you going to use Game DVR to record your screen, or do you prefer a third-party solution? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Related topics: Record Video, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Alex
    October 25, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Please help, Not active recording button "Sorry, this PC does not meet the hardware requirements for recording clips. For more info go to setting." How to make it work ? (as for not professional? :)

  2. Oliop
    September 6, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Hi , i need to know if the videos i record are automatically uploaded online or are they private . Beacause if i want to record stuff that i dont want anyone to see , can i still use the game bar to record. Also.if i delete a video from the captures folders , do i need to delete it from somewhere else too?

  3. ron
    January 5, 2016 at 1:06 am

    What file format is it saved in?
    What application is used to view the video?
    Can this video be viewed on other versions of Windows?

    This sounds like an idea tool for providing trouble shooting support for non-technical users. The victim of MS non-support can record a video demonstrating the problem and then share it with anyone who is willing to help. Much better than working with screen captures.

    • Joe B
      December 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      It records in MP4 and can be viewed with Windows Media Player.

      • Oliop
        September 6, 2019 at 7:10 am

        Hi could you tell me if the videos saved through game bar arent automatically uploaded online to my xbox live or mixer by accident. Is the game bar safe for recording stuff i dont want anyone to see.

  4. Phil N
    December 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    The down side is that it records your entire screen. I do professional tutorials and the company had me actually use CamStudio which doesn't have a ton of features but it's open source, making it free. You can pick the size of the recording area and then place it where ever you want on the screen.

    • Anonymous
      December 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      I have just checked to make sure nothing had changed and I can confirm that, on both my laptops, Game DVR records only the window in focus and not the full screen. Hope this helps.