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How do I record my Mac screen?

Record Mac screen
Capturing your Mac's screen is phenomenally easy

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Whether you want to show someone how to navigate a piece of software, unveil a new website feature or simply capture the tricky part of an online game, screen recording can be useful. Luckily, if you’re an Apple devotee, the process is incredibly simple – here’s how to record your Mac screen.

How to record your Mac screen

The best thing about capturing your desktop on a Mac is that you already have the tool to do it: QuickTime Player. To begin, fire up the application from the Dock. If it’s not in the Dock, you’ll have to type it into the Finder window, which is accessed by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top-right of the screen.

Once QuickTime is open, click File and then New Screen Recording.

The following pint-sized window will appear.

Now you have a choice to make: you can either record the entirety of your screen or a smaller section. Incidentally, if you are recording your full screen then make sure that you’ve closed anything potentially embarrassing – including sensitive information such as online banking and passwords.

To record you whole screen, simply click on the red record button and, as the pop-up that will appear instructs, click again anywhere on the screen to start recording.

If, however, you only want to capture a portion of the screen, click the record button and then drag the mouse to create a box around the content. Once that’s done, hit the “Start recording” button.

Once you’ve captured everything for posterity, click the small stop icon at the top of the screen. It looks like this:

A window will automatically appear, where you can watch your video in full.

Record Mac screen

If you’re happy, click File | Save and then specify a name and destination for your screen recording. If, on the other hand, you missed an important part of the walkthrough or accidentally captured your personal emails, close the window, hit Delete and start again.

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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