Taking a screenshot on Mac is easy, but what about screen recording? What if you needed to record your screen maybe for evidence of a bank transfer, a chat? Or maybe you want to make YouTube tutorial videos on how to use software, play games, and so on. There are many reasons to record a screen, and here’s how.
Keep in mind that there are two methods that we’ve listed below. One is for Mac computers that are using macOS Mojave and newer, and the other is for those who own Mac computers that could not upgrade to Mojave, so take your pick on whichever method is right for you.
Screen Record On macOS Mojave And Newer
- Press Cmd + Shift + 5 to bring up the Screenshot Toolbar
- The fourth and fifth buttons from the left are for screen recording
- If you want to record the entire screen, click the fourth button
- Click the fifth button if you just want to record a portion of your screen
- Click Options if you want additional tools like enabling microphone recording, that way you can narrate what’s going on if necessary
- When you’re done recording, click the Stop button at the top of the screen
Keep in mind that recording your entire screen means that your menu bar, status bar, and everything else will be captured. If there are things you’d rather not have others see, then screen recording a selection of the screen is probably a better option.
Screen Record Using QuickTime On Older Macs
macOS Mojave’s screen record feature is actually not new. It came from QuickTime Player that was the older method of screen recording. Essentially the features are the same, but since you’re using an older version of macOS in this case, you’ll have to use QuickTime Player instead.
- Launch QuickTime Player
- Click File and select “New Screen Recording”
- To start recording, click the Record button
- To see more options click the down arrow button next to the record button
- Once you click the Record button, click anywhere on the screen to begin which will then record the entire screen, or drag to select an area that you want to record
- Click the Stop button in the menu bar when you’re done
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