How to Make a Screen Recording on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you wondering how to make a screen recording on your Mac? Look no further, as we have got you covered!

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a screen recording on your Mac using the built-in tools. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Launching QuickTime Player

To start the screen recording process, open the QuickTime Player application. You can find it in the Applications folder or simply use Spotlight search (Command + Spacebar) to locate and launch it.

Step 2: Starting a New Screen Recording

After launching QuickTime Player, click on “File” in the menu bar and select “New Screen Recording” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + N to open a new screen recording.


Before proceeding further, ensure that your microphone is properly connected if you want to include audio in your screen recording.

Step 3: Adjusting Recording Settings

A small screen recording window will appear on your desktop. To adjust the settings, click on the small arrow next to the record button. Here, you can select options such as microphone input, show mouse clicks in recordings, and choose whether to record the entire screen or just a portion of it.


  • Show Mouse Clicks: Enabling this option will highlight mouse clicks during your screen recording, making it easier for viewers to follow along.
  • Select Portion of Screen: If you only want to record a specific area of your screen, click on “Record Entire Screen” and choose “Record Selected Portion” instead. You can then drag and resize the recording frame as needed.

Step 4: Initiating the Screen Recording

Once you have adjusted the settings according to your preferences, click on the red record button in the screen recording window to start your recording. You can also choose to record audio along with your screen capture by clicking on the record button and selecting your preferred microphone input source.


  • Keyboard Shortcut: Instead of clicking on the record button, you can use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + R to start and stop the screen recording.
  • Recording Indicator: While recording, you will see a small control panel at the top of your screen, indicating that a screen recording is in progress. You can pause or stop the recording from this control panel as well.

Step 5: Completing and Saving Your Screen Recording

Once you are done with your screen recording, click on the stop button in the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + Esc to finish and save your recording. QuickTime Player will automatically open a new window with your recorded video.


If you want to make any edits or trim unwanted sections from your screen recording, you can do so using QuickTime Player’s editing features before saving it as a final video file.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a screen recording on your Mac using QuickTime Player. Now you can easily share your recordings or use them for various purposes such as tutorials, presentations, or troubleshooting guides.

We hope this tutorial was helpful for you! If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to ask in the comments below. Happy screen recording!

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