How to Record Your Screen on Mac Easily

Sometimes, you may need to capture your Mac screen for recording a meeting, lecture, gameplay, and more. So, is there a way to help you record the computer screen with excellent quality? The answer is yes.

4 Easy Ways To Record Screen On MAC

Here are the methods you can follow to record your MAC screen easily 

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There is more than one option for your choice. For example, you can use Screenshot Toolbar and QuickTime Player, which are already pre-installed on your Mac. Also, you can try third-party screen recording tools like Aiseesoft Screen Recorder, OBS, Snagit, etc.

Use Screenshot Toolbar

Maybe you are aware that Apple provides a feature to capture the entire screen, a window, or any screen part you like. But do you know it can also help you record your Mac screen and make a video recording?

If you use macOS Mojave or newer, you can use the Screenshot toolbar to record the screen. Thus, please check your macOS version first.

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  1. To wake the Screenshot toolbar, you must press the Command + Shift + 5 keys on your keyboard. Then you should see the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. screenshot on mac
  2. There are many icons and options in the toolbar. If you want to capture a still image, you can click those 3 options on the left. However, if you intend to record the screen, you should pick from the icons with a solid circle. As you can see, they are in the middle of the toolbar. The left one means Record Entire Screen. And the other one means Record Selected Portion. By the way, the Options button next to them can help enable your voice/audio while recording, change where to save the recording, and show mouse clicks according to your need
  3.  After selecting the area, please click the Record button to start recording. If you want to stop filming, click the Stop icon from the menu bar at the top of your screen. You can also press Command + Control + Esc alternatively. The output recording will be saved as MOV files on the Desktop by default.

Use QuickTime Player

As we said, the Screenshot toolbar can only be used on macOS Mojave and later. What if you’re using an older version? Don’t worry. You can try QuickTime Player instead. It is also a built-in app that you can trust to record screen on your MAC.

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  1. Open QuickTime Player on your Mac. QuickTime player can find it in the Application folder.  Navigate to the menu bar at the top of the screen. Click File and select New Screen Recording, Then it should wake the Screen Recording window.
  2.  Please click the Arrow icon next to the Record button before recording. You can choose a microphone device to record your voice or other audio during the recording. You can also enable Show Mouse Clicks in Recording if needed. quicktime player
  3.  Click the Record button and then click anywhere on the screen so that you can start recording the entire screen. Or, you can drag and select the portion of the screen that you want to record.
  4. Like the Screenshot toolbar, you also need to click the Stop icon from the menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc to stop recording. The recorded video will be opened automatically. You can then play, edit, or share it at ease.

Use Third-Party App

If these 2 methods above cannot fulfill your demands, you can also turn to a third-party recorder. There are so many options, such as Snagit, OBS Studio, Aiseesoft Screen Recorder, Camtasia, Screencast-O-Matic, and more to record your mac screens. These screen recorders normally can offer more features compared to the built-in tools. 

Here, we will take Aiseesoft Screen Recorder as an example to record your mac screen.


  1.  Download the program from Aiseesoft’s official website and install it on your Mac.
  2.  Launch the recorder after the installation. On the main interface, you will see several recording options, including the video recorder, window recorder, audio recorder, and webcam recorder. To record the screen, you can select Video Recorder.
  3.  After entering Video Recorder, you can choose to record Full screen or customize the recording area as you like. You can turn on the webcam to make a picture-in-picture video. You can also enable system sound and microphone recording if you want to record a screen with audio. Once you finish setting, please click the REC button to start the screen recording. aiseesoft
  4.  While recording, you can add text, shapes, lines, arrows, and other marks in real-time. You can also take screenshots while recording. If you finish filming, you can click the Stop icon directly.
  5.  Then you can preview the recorded video immediately. You are even allowed to trim the video to eliminate the unwanted parts. If you find the recording satisfying, click the Save button to save the video on your Mac. Also, you will have a history list to check and share the recording on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Third party apps may contain viruses for you MAC.

Check out : How To Remove Virus From Mac OS 

Want to Capture a Still Image on Mac?

If you only want to take a screenshot on your Mac, you can use the shortcuts for screenshot.

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  1. For example, if you want to capture the entire screen, please press the Command + Shift + 3 keys on your keyboard. 
  2. To capture a certain screen area, press Command + Shift + 4 instead. Then drag the crosshair and select the portion of the screen that you want. Release your mouse to take the screenshot.shortcut for screenshot
  3. Press Command + Shift + 4 + Space if you want to capture a window or menu. 
  4. You can also press Command + Shift + 5 to open the Screenshot toolbar.

The screenshot normally will be saved to your Desktop by default.

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I hope that these solutions can help you make a great recording video. Normally, the built-in tools can meet your requirements for screen recording. But if you prefer more functions, you can try third-party recorders. There are many great choices, including both online and offline methods.

And for your information, sometimes you cannot record your screen because some apps might not let you record their windows due to copyright concerns.

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