How to Screen Record on Mac Shortcut

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Screen recording on Mac is a useful feature that allows you to capture your screen activity for various purposes. Whether you want to create tutorials, record gameplay, or share your screen with others, knowing how to screen record on Mac can come in handy. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the built-in screen recording feature on Mac using a simple keyboard shortcut.

Step 1: Launching the Screen Recording Tool

To begin with, open the application or window that you want to record. It’s important to have everything set up before starting the screen recording process.

Step 2: Activating the Screen Recording Shortcut

To activate the screen recording tool on your Mac, press Command + Shift + 5. This keyboard shortcut will bring up the screen recording toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

Customizing Recording Options

The screen recording toolbar offers several options for customization. You can choose whether to capture the entire screen or only a specific portion by clicking on either “Record Entire Screen” or “Record Selected Portion”.

If you select “Record Selected Portion,” you’ll be able to click and drag your cursor to choose the area you want to record. This is particularly helpful if you only need to capture a specific part of your screen.

You can also customize other settings such as where the recorded file will be saved, whether or not to show mouse clicks in the recording, and if you want to include audio from your computer’s microphone or any other connected audio devices.

Step 3: Starting and Stopping the Screen Recording

Once you have customized all necessary settings, it’s time to start the actual screen recording. To start recording, click on the “Record” button in the screen recording toolbar or press Command + Control + R.

During the recording process, a timer will appear in the menu bar to indicate that the screen recording is in progress. You can also access the controls to pause, resume, or stop the recording from this menu bar icon.

To stop the screen recording, either click on the “Stop” button in the screen recording toolbar or press Command + Control + R again.

Saving and Accessing Your Screen Recording

Once you’ve stopped the screen recording, a preview of your recorded video will appear in a small window at the bottom-right corner of your screen. You can click on this window to open and play your recorded video using QuickTime Player.

If you’re satisfied with your screen recording and want to save it, click on “Done” in the preview window. A Save dialog box will then appear allowing you to choose where to save your recorded video file.

In Conclusion

Screen recording on Mac is an incredibly useful feature that can enhance your productivity and enable you to share information effectively. By following these simple steps and using keyboard shortcuts, you can easily capture and save recordings of your screen activity for various purposes.

Note: The built-in screen recording tool may vary depending on your macOS version. Please ensure that you have an updated version of macOS to access all features mentioned in this tutorial.

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