How to Exit Screen Recording on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording is a useful feature on Mac that allows you to capture videos of your screen. Whether you’re creating tutorials, recording gameplay, or documenting software bugs, screen recording can come in handy.

However, once you’re done with your recording, you may wonder how to exit the screen recording mode on your Mac. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process step by step.

Method 1: Exiting Screen Recording Using Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac, exiting screen recording is just a few keystrokes away.

  • Step 1: To stop the screen recording, press Command + Control + Esc simultaneously. This will bring up the “Force Quit Applications” window.
  • Step 2: In the “Force Quit Applications” window, locate the screen recording application (usually named “QuickTime Player” or “Screencast-O-Matic”) and select it by clicking on it once.
  • Step 3: Finally, click on the “Force Quit” button at the bottom right corner of the window to exit the screen recording mode.

Method 2: Exiting Screen Recording Using Menu Bar

An alternative method to stop screen recording is by using the menu bar on your Mac.

  • Step 1: Click on the small gray icon located at the top right corner of your screen. This icon represents various applications running in the background.
  • Step 2: From the drop-down menu that appears, locate and click on the screen recording application (such as QuickTime Player or Screencast-O-Matic) to bring up its options.
  • Step 3: In the application’s menu, look for an option that says “Stop Recording” or something similar. Click on it to stop the screen recording and exit the mode.

Method 3: Exiting Screen Recording Using Dock

If you prefer using the Dock on your Mac, you can also stop screen recording from there.

  • Step 1: Locate the screen recording application’s icon in the Dock. It is usually represented by a small camera or film strip icon.
  • Step 2: Right-click (or Control-click) on the application’s icon in the Dock to bring up a contextual menu.
  • Step 3: From the contextual menu, select an option that says “Stop Recording” or similar. This will stop the screen recording and exit the mode.

In conclusion

In this article, we’ve covered three different methods to exit screen recording on your Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, menu bar options, or the Dock, you now have multiple ways to stop recording your screen effortlessly. Choose whichever method suits you best and enjoy capturing videos of your Mac screen with ease!

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you!

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