How to do a Screen Recording on your PC – (Windows)
Are you tasked to create instructional videos for students, followers or others showing them how to do something on their computers? How are you going to do that?
Do you plan on using a video camera for that and an extra person to take the video while you do the instructional on your computer? Or maybe using a tripod?
How can you ensure the quality of your output? Can your viewers see clearly the screen? what you are doing?
Won’t considering all of that become a little frivolous…at some point?
Do you plan on using a third party screen recording software instead? Most people do! And it is so much more efficient than doing the entire instructional and then realizing that the person taking the video didn’t do such a good job or that the camera wasn’t recording the whole time. Besides the audio and video are guaranteed to be of great quality.
A third party recording software would be a great way forward. Some are free, some are paid for.
HOWEVER, In this post I will be showing you how you can use your very own, built-in Microsoft Office Power Point to create a fairly acceptable screen recording.
What do you need?
Before we get into how to do the actual screen recording here are the instances I know this works for:
- Any Windows Operating System that is running Microsoft Office 2016 or later.
- Except Operating Systems before Windows Vista.
I, myself, discovered this screen recording tool on a Windows 7 Professional Edition running Microsoft Office 2016.
I am now using a Windows 10 Enterprise with Microsoft Office 2016.
Open Microsoft Power Point
To begin screen recording open up Microsoft Office Power Point. There are two ways to do this:
- The way you normally do or by using a desktop shortcut that you have or by Going to start > All Programs(Windows 7) > Microsoft Office > Power Point
- Using a faster shortcut.
Using the Run Command which you open up by using the following key strokes: ‘Windows Key‘ + ‘R‘In the prompt you type the shortcut powerpnt and click OK (or hit Enter).NB: The prompt or shortcut is not case-sensitive, typing POWERPNT or Powerpnt will still open Power Point.
Set Up Screen Recording
If your intent is only to create the screen recording then it is not necessary to fix the power point theme and other usual power point items like the structure of slides, slide templates, etc.
Once Power Point opens up, select any template or simple just select the first Blank Presentation.
With the blank presentation template selected, your current work space will look like this:
In the ribbon at the top, Click the Insert tab.
Selecting the Insert tab gives you access to many groups of tools that allow you to insert different kinds of items into your power point presentation. Items like: Tables, Images, Shapes, Charts/Graphs, Comments, Equations and other media of which a screen recording is a part of.
Go to the Media group where you should see Screen Recording. Click Screen recording. This will automatically minimize the power point window and leave you a dialog box at the top-center of your screen.
This dialog box enables you to select the area of your screen you want to record, gives you an option for recording with or without audio, allow you to choose whether you would like to record the pointer movements and finally, to start and stop the screen recording.
After selecting which portion of your screen you would like to record, clicking on Record will start the screen recording. If you have disabled audio then any audio will not be recorded.
However, by default, audio is enabled and will be recorded. If you will be talking throughout the instructional then you can leave audio enabled.
When the Screen recording starts, the dialog box at the top will disappear and your selected area for the screen recording will begin recording.
To stop the screen recording, you can move your mouse up to the top of the screen where the dialog box was. This action will show the dialog box. On the dialog box you can then select Stop Recording.
Note that this method of stopping the screen recording will record you stopping the screen recording. If that’s, not a problem then go ahead.
Otherwise, you can use the following key strokes to stop the screen recording: Windows Logo Key + Shift + Q
This key combination is a shortcut that allows you to stop the screen recording without having to move your mouse up to the top of the screen activating the dialog box, which will show in the screen recording.
Once the screen recording has been stopped you will automatically be redirected to Microsoft PowerPoint where the screen recording will be inserted into your first slide.
At this stage you are left with a couple of options, which you can see by doing a right-click on the screen recording.
Pressing the Play button at the bottom of the screen recording will allow you to preview the screen recording. The same can also be done by selecting Play on the right-click drop down menu.
To trim the recording by selecting Trim at menu at the top. You can also crop the recording again, change contrast, brightness and color by selecting Format video.
Most of the other options are to do with if you were going to create a presentation and have that screen recording in the presentation.
You could then look at options such as Bring to Front or Send to Back and some other aspects of the Format Video option.
When you are satisfied with the current screen recording, you can proceed straight ahead to saving the screen recording as a separate playable file.
By clicking on the Save Media as… option from the drop down menu, you can save the screen recording as a Media File.
To finish off, rename the file to suit it is purpose and save the screen recording some place you can easily find.
Its Really That Simple!
So if you have been tasked with doing an instructional for others or if you would like to record a tutorial or a lecture for yourself just so you remember how to do something you don’t have to look any further than your own Microsoft Office Power Point!
You can use other software to do further video editing if you would like.
You could also opt to use third party software for screen recording however, Microsoft Office’s Power Point can do a good enough job for you and its what you already have! 🙂
If you have any questions or suggestions at all please feel free to comment and ask away. I’d be more than happy to help or discuss some suggestions. I’d also be glad to hear what you think of this tool! 🙂
Otherwise it is a pretty quick and easy setup.
So that’s How to do a screen recording with your Windows PC …
Its Really That Simple!