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How to Record Your Screen on Windows

Many screen recording tools exist — including ones that come pre-installed on your Microsoft Windows PC — but the vast majority of them are difficult to navigate and require you to download and upload large files just to share your video.

Loom's free screen recorder lets you record your screen and instantly share your video with a link without taking up any of your computer space. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to screen record Windows using Loom’s desktop app and Chrome extension.

Can You Screen Record on Windows?

Ever wondered how to record your screen on Windows 10? It’s so easy that you can do it at the click of a button. Loom can record your entire screen, a specific window, or a specific size of your screen.

When you're done your video instantly renders with a shareable link. There are no uploads or downloads required to shoot high-quality video with Loom's best-in-class Windows screen recorder.

Knowing how to screen record on Windows 10 with Loom not only enhances your ability to communicate across the world, but you can also produce high-quality videos with our base editing features. You can do so much better than the out-of-the-box Windows recorder.

Loom also enables you to trim, combine videos together, and create a video library to keep all your videos organized in one place.

When to Use Screen Recording

The benefits of using a free screen recorder are clear, especially in the post-pandemic world where communication has changed drastically. The workplace has changed and you’re now dealing with a global talent pool. Staying connected is essential to maximize efficiency and to keep projects on track. Don’t let the lack of a physical office space hold back your business. With state-of-the-art technology, your entire business will be at your fingertips.

What are some of the things you can do with screen recording on Windows 10?

  • Manage Your Projects – Encourage everyone toward a common goal by using the screen recorder on Windows 10 to keep everyone on track.

  • Train New Employees – Training new remote workers has never been simpler with video screen capture on Windows. Record and deliver insightful tutorials from afar.

  • Insightful Sales Calls – Impress prospective clients with insightful sales calls, face-to-face. Share your screen and show off your portfolio.

Get the Team Together – Creating those meaningful connections remotely is the modern business’s greatest challenge. With the personal touch offered by screen capture on Windows 10, you can bring everyone together.

Loom or Game Bar: which is the best screen recorder for Windows PC?

If you have Windows, you may be used to recording your screen with Xbox Game Bar, which lets you record video games you play on your PC or stream from Xbox One and other programs.

The key differences between Loom and Xbox Game Bar are that, with Loom, you can record your whole screen and instantly get a shareable link for your video recording when you're all set (you can't record your Windows desktop with Game Bar, and you need to upload video files to share them.). So whether you need to record a presentation over a PowerPoint or explain a complex idea to a teammate, Loom has you covered.

Loom also works across multiple devices, so if you need to Screen Record on a Mac then you can use the same tool.

How to screen record on a Windows PC using the Loom desktop app

The Loom desktop app for Windows PC gives you powerful recording tools to capture, annotate, and share what’s on your screen. 

Because Loom combines the effectiveness of video with the convenience of messaging, you easily have the option to record your camera and screen for a more engaging and expressive experience.

Allie Hitchcock, Loom’s Customer Education Specialist, explains how to record your computer screen using the Loom desktop app. 

A step-by-step tutorial on how to record your Windows screen using the Loom desktop app

After you install the Loom desktop app, here’s how to create a new screen recording:

1. Click on the desktop app icon to open the recorder.

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With the Loom desktop app recorder, you can easily select your audio input and preferences for what you would like to record straight from the main menu.

2. Sign in or create a Loom account. 

3. Choose what to capture. Loom has three recording options:

•  Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera
•  Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera
•  Cam Only: Records only your camera

For the Screen + Cam and Screen Only options, choose whether to record your full screen, a specific window, or a custom-size recording area. If you have multiple monitors, you can also choose which monitor’s screen to record.

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You can record your full screen, a particular window, or a custom-size area for your Loom recording.

4. Choose your audio and camera: 

If you choose to record your camera and audio with your screen, you can select any camera or microphone connected to your computer (e.g., a webcam). Check the audio indicator to tell if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you hit the record button. 

5. Click Start Recording.

6. To stop recording, use the stop button on the Control Menu or click the Loom app on your desktop. You can also quickly restart, pause, or delete your recording from the Control Menu. 

As soon as you finish recording, your video is uploaded to Loom and you can instantly watch and share it with a link — no need to download a large video file as you would through QuickTime player.

With Loom, you can also customize your recording experience — from adjusting your microphone and camera inputs, to resolution, settings, and keyboard shortcuts (which is especially convenient if you're used to pressing Win + G to record with Game Bar).

Pro tip: Use the shortcut “control + alt + c" to add a burst of confetti to your recording! 

Add a touch of flair to your Loom video with the confetti shortcut.

If you need more powerful recording features, Loom Business gives you access to additional features like HD recording, a call-to-action buttoncustom thumbnails, and the drawing tool to add emphasis as you record.

If a screen capture is all you need, our screenshot feature, now in beta, allows you to take screenshots with instantly shareable links.

How to screen record on a Windows PC using the Loom Chrome extension

Loom’s Chrome extension allows you to record your screen with a browser extension.

Matthew Flores, Customer Support Representative, explains how to record your screen using the Chrome extension.

A step-by-step tutorial on how to record your Windows screen using the Loom Chrome extension

After you add the Loom Chrome extension to your browser, how to create a new screen recording:

1. Click on the Chrome extension icon.

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2. Decide how to capture your recording:

•  Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera
•  Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera
•  Cam Only: Enables a webcam recorder only

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For Screen + Cam and Screen Only recordings, you will also have the option to record your entire screen or just the browser window. You can select any external microphone or camera connected to your computer as the input for your recording. A microphone audio indicator tells you if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you start recording.

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3. Click Start Recording.

Communicate more effectively with video messaging

Whether you're connecting with your team, your customers, or anyone else, recording your screen with Loom is a great way to collaborate and quickly share information. See how you can use Loom to:

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Brand Strategist Brooks Chambers talks through new design files using Loom on a PC.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. Your recipients can reply back with a loom, time-stamped written comments, and emoji reactions throughout your video. 

Test out emoji reactions in the loom above!

Plus, your videos will remain in your cloud-based personal library so you can access them at any time or share them with your wider team.

Use Apple devices? Loom's desktop app and Chrome extension are also available on Mac, and you can also record your iPhone screen with the Loom iOS app or the Android screen recorder.

Why Loom?

Loom is all about simplicity and ease when you need to record a desktop on Windows 10. Click, record, add any bells and whistles through editing, and then share your link. It’s that simple. And your screen recorder on Windows 10 doesn’t require huge gigabytes of storage space.

What’s more, you can now use Loom on the go. Wherever your work takes you, stay connected and record directly from your Windows smartphone. It’s never been simpler to stay in touch, and by knowing how to screen record on Windows, you’re one step closer to superior communication.


Aug 25, 2022

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