Record Screen with the Snipping Tool on PC

Are there any built-in tools for screen recording in Windows 11? When you do a search on Google, you may find many third-party apps for screen recording on Windows computer, such as OBS, ScreenPresso, etc. Another workaround is the Xbox Game Bar. This is a gaming overlay built into Windows 11 and Windows 10, designed by Microsoft to allow users to use various widgets while playing games on our computers. It includes the tool to record screen and gameplays. However, it is difficult to use and far less control over exactly what you’re recording there. But that changed for Windows 11, as we finally get a built-in screen recording tool. Now the Snipping Tool offers the screen recording.

Here´s how to use the new built-in screen recorder to record screen in Windows 11.

Make sure your PC is running on Windows 11 build 22621.1344 or later.

Do a search from the taskbar in Windows to quickly find and launch the Snipping Tool on your computer. The first time you open the Snipping Tool, it will default to the screenshots capturing mode. You have to manually switch the Snipping Tool to video capture mode. Simply click the camera slider to slide it from the photo camera to the video recorder.

snipping tool to record screen on windows pc
Windows Snipping Tool to record screen on windows pc

Click on the New button. Then draw a box around the portion of the screen you wish to capture. Click the Start recording button from the floating toolbar along the top of your PC screen, a countdown appears and then screen recording starts. You can pause the recording temporarily if need. When you’re satisfied, click the Stop button at the top of the screen (in the same place where you start the screen recording). The recorded screen will be opened in the Snipping Tool, so you can play the video before you save it to your computer. Click the Save button to save your screen recording as a video in MP4 format to the Downloads folder on your PC.