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How to quickly record your Mac’s screen

We’ll walk you through each step of recording your Mac’s screen here.

both sizes of 2021 mac macbook pro models
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If you’ve ever had something hectic take place on-screen but weren’t quick enough to record it, you’ll understand the pain of having to rely on your memory to capture epic moments.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With quick fingers and a certain level of calm, you can swiftly start a screen recording session whenever the need arises.

The steps are simple once you know them, and no on-screen event needs to go unrecorded when you’re around. Let’s discuss how to quickly record your Mac’s screen.

Start screen recording in macOS

2021 macbook pro
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If you need to record your screen in macOS and you’re on Mojave or newer, follow along with the quick guide below and record to your heart’s content:

Press Shift + Cmd + 5 to summon the screenshot bar
Select either Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portionhow to record your macbook screen
Change Options as requiredrecording your screen on mac
Click Record

When the recording starts, a Stop button will appear in the top menu bar. Clicking stop at any time will end the recording and save the movie file to the location specified in Options.

Other important settings include Timer for starting a countdown when you hit record, Microphone for simultaneously recording sound, and Show Mouse Clicks to animate all clicks in the final video.

Use QuickTime to record your Mac’s screen

quicktime file menu
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If you’re using an OS earlier than Mojave, you won’t have access to the screenshot bar. But that doesn’t mean you can’t capture epic moments. Even in ancient times, Apple still provided an app for recording your screen.

Here’s how to record your screen using QuickTime:

  1. Launch QuickTime Player
  2. Click File > New Screen Recording
  3. Click the Downward arrow beside the Record button and change settings as required
  4. Click Record

You can end the recording at any time by clicking the Stop button in the menu bar. If you try to record your screen using QuickTime in macOS Mojave or later, the screenshot bar will instead appear.

Screen recording is simple in macOS

The screen recording tool in macOS is fairly simplified. While it definitely does an excellent job of capturing your screen, it doesn’t provide any fancy features or super-special settings.

READ MORE: How to screen record on iPhone

However, when you need to quickly capture those hectic on-screen happenings, the macOS screen recording tool gets it done.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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