Use Windows 10’s Game Bar Feature to Record App Videos
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We live in an age where people are willing to spend hours sitting around watching other people play videos. As such, Microsoft included a feature in Windows 10 that lets gamers record their gameplay 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, for example, you can avoid downloading third-party screen recording software 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!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.