Two Easy Ways to Record the Screen on a Mac

by: - Last updated on: August 21st, 2019

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to record the screen on your Mac. From trying to help someone troubleshoot a problem on their Mac to creating a tutorial for a video to recording something that you want to revisit later.

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So, in this article, we are going to showcase two methods to record the screen on your Mac.

Method 1. Using QuickTime Player

record screen using quicktime player

  1. Open QuickTime Player from the Applications folder.
  2. From the top menu, choose File > New Screen Recording.
  3. Here, make any changes you want by pressing the arrow button next to the red record button.
  4. Next, click on the red button to start recording and perform any of these actions:
    • Tap anywhere on the screen to start recording
    • Drag and select an area that you want to record, and then hit the Start Recording button that pops up.
  5.  Now, to stop recording, click on the stop button in the menu bar or hit the Command-Control-Esc key combination.

As soon as the recording ends, QuickTime Player automatically opens the recording. From here, you can play, edit, or share this recording.

Method 2. Using the in-built tool (macOS Mojave only)

record screen on mac

Similar to how we used the Command-Shift-5 key combination to access the screenshot options, we can use the same combination to record the screen. For this, as soon as you hit the key combination, a panel pops up with a bunch of options. From there, select from either Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion.

(i) Record Entire Screen

  1. Upon selecting this option, the pointer changes to a camera.
  2. Drag this camera to any screen that you want to record and tap on it.
  3. To stop the recording, hit the combination again and click on the stop button.

(ii) Record Selected Portion

  1. As soon as this option is selected, the pointer changes to a crosshair.
  2. Use this crosshair to select the area of the screen you want to record and then hit the Record button.
  3. Again, to stop the recording, hit the combination and click on the stop button.

The panel also has an Options button, which can be used to the change preferences for your screen recordings like using save to change the location of the saved recording, timer to set a timer to start screen recording, microphone to either mute or capture the audio, and a few more.

As soon as you stop the recording, a thumbnail of the video appears on the lower-right part of the screen. Here, you can click on the thumbnail to view, edit, share or delete it. Additionally, you can also find the screen recordings on your Desktop, and perform the same tasks here.

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