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How to Record Screen/Screenshots using Game DVR in Windows 10

Game DVR feature in the Xbox app is designed to record gaming activity, it also allows you to record the non-gaming activity and capture your screen. This article will guide you on how to use Game DVR to record your screen and capture screenshot in Windows 10.

How to Record Screen using Game Bar

To record a video for a game or app activity, here's how:

Step 1: Open the game or app window active that you want to record video for.

Press the Windows + G keys, and click on the Yes, this is a game box if prompted.

Open Game bar

Step 2: Click the big red button to start recording.

Start recording

Step 3: A mini-player in the upper-right corner of the screen shows how long your current recording is, click on the Microphone icon to record with sound. To show or hide the record timer by pressing the Windows + Alt + T keys.

Show or hide record timer

Step 4: When you click on Stop button or press Windows+Alt+R, it stops recording the game or app window.

Stop recording

Step 5: You will see a notification pop up telling you that video is recorded, if you click on the notification, it'll access it in the Xbox app > Game DVR > On this PC.

Game clip recorded

Step 6: Edit video in Xbox app.

In Xbox app, Game DVR allows you to play the video recorded, trim the video if there are bits you'd like to leave out. You can also delete it, rename the video, and upload it to Xbox Live if you'd like.

Trim the recorded video

Click the Open folder button below the video and it will take you to where the videos are saved. Recorded videos are saved as a .mp4 file.

How to Change Game DVR Settings

If you want to record longer video and higher video quality, go to Game DVR settings to adjust:

Step 1: Click Start > Settings app, click the Game icon.

Step 2: Select the Game DVR tab. Then adjust the related setting as you need.

Change Game DVR settings

How to Capture Screen with Game Bar

It's simple to capture a screenshot of the game or app with Game bar, videos are saved as a .mp4 file. Here's how:

Step 1: Open the window active that you want to capture, Press the Windows + G keys.

Step 2: Click on the Yes, this is a game box if prompted.

Yes open Game bar

Step 3: Click on the Screenshot button.

Take screenshot using Game bar

Or you can directly press Windows + Alt +Printscreen keys on the keyboard.

Step 4: You will now see a notification telling you that Screenshot saved.

Screenshot saved

Where is the Game DVR save location?

Game bar screenshots and recordings are saved to your %UserProfile%\Videos\Captures folder below. You can change the default save location, see: How to Move Default Location of Game DVR Capture Folder.

Game DVR saved location