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How to screencast any window on your desktop using YouTube

Did you know you could utilize YouTube to screencast any window on your desktop? Well, you can and it’s surprisingly simple.

Did you know you could utilize YouTube to screencast any window on your desktop? Well, you can and it’s surprisingly simple.

To record your desktop screen using YouTube or screencasting as it is popularly called is surprisingly very easy. While many people download a software program that allows for recording and then uploading to YouTube, you can actually screencast your video inside YouTube itself without the need for any software or suspicious downloads. All that’s required is your web browser and a YouTube account and you’re ready to go when it comes to recording your desktop screen.

Here’s a play-by-play on how to produce screencasts of your desktop windows with using nothing but YouTube:

Sign Into Your YouTube Account

YouTube livestream

You will need to use your Google account in order to sign in. If you have never used YouTube before, then you will need to create a specific account which only takes a few moments. Once ready, you will simply click on “Upload” which is the button in the upper left corner and then choose “Events” which you can find under “Live Streaming.” In order to enable your streaming, YouTube will require that you verify your phone number first before you can access this part of their site.

Create Event Page


At this point, you are on the “Create Event” page which means that you will need to give the video you make of your screencast a title. Plus, you’ll need to adjust the privacy setting to either Private or Unlisted. Once ready, you can now click the “Go Live Now” button and you are almost ready to start.

Hangouts on Air

YouTube screen casting

You will arrive on this page where the next step is clicking off the camera icon so that you are not making a webcam recording. Alternatively, you can also toggle off the microphone icon if you do not want to record sound.


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At this point, you’ll want to hit the Screenshare button which is found in the left toolbox. From there, you will need to select a desktop window that will allow for the recording of your screencast. It is important to remember to that if you have more than one virtual desktops you will only have program windows that are active on your current desktop. So, be sure that you are using the right desktop before you start the recording process.

Start Screenshare

Finally, you’ll want to select the Start Screenshare button so that you can share what’s on your desktop screen and the click the Start Broadcast button for the actual recording. Because you are recording on a private session, no one will be able to see it during the recording process. Once you have completed the recording, click on the Stop Broadcast button and then switch over to the YouTube website.

That is all you have to accomplish. Once you have switched over you YouTube, you’ll see the screencast that you have just finished recording. The good news is that you can share it with everyone if you like or download the video to Google Drive for your own uses. In addition, the videos are all recorded in 720p HD quality which mean that you’ll want to resize the desktop window to 16:9 ratio and then hit the broadcast button.

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