This article teaches you how to record the screen while you’re playing a video game on your Windows PC. You can download a free app called Fraps for any modern version of Windows, or use the built-in recording features of Windows 10.

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Using Fraps (Windows 10, 8, and 7)

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    Go to http://www.fraps.com/download.php in a web browser. This is the download page for Fraps, a free screen recorder for Windows.
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    Click the Download Fraps link. This link also displays the current version number, which varies. The Fraps installer will download to your PC.
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    Double-click the installer. This is the file you just downloaded.
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    Follow the on-screen instructions to install Fraps.
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    Open Fraps. You’ll find it in the All Apps area of the Start menu.
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    Click Movies. It’s at the top-center part of the window.
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    Create a video capture hotkey. This will be the key you press on the keyboard to start and stop recording. The hotkey is F9 by default, but you can change it if you wish.
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    Adjust your video preferences.

    • Click Change to select a different location to save the video.
    • Under “Sound Capture Settings,” check the box next to “Record Win7 sound” if desired. If you’ll be speaking into a microphone, check “Record external input,” then select your microphone from the menu.
    • Select 60 fps under “Video Capture Settings” for optimal results.
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    Open the game you want to record.
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    Press the hotkey (e.g. F9) to begin recording. Everything you do on the screen until you press the hotkey again will be recorded.
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    Press the hotkey again to stop recording. The video is now saved.

    • To find the video quickly, click View on the Movies tab in Fraps, and then double-click the video file.

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Using the Game Bar (Windows 10)

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    Open the game you want to record.
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    Press  Win+G. This opens the game bar at the bottom of the screen.

    • You may have to select Yes, this is a game before you can continue.
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    Click the record button. It’s the red circle in the game bar. The screen is now being recorded, and a timer now appears at the top of the screen.
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    Click the stop button when you’re finished. It’s the white square in the game bar. Your finished recording will be saved to a folder called Captures, which is in your Videos folder.