How to easily record your screen on a Mac computer

AppleEasily screen record on a Mac computer with the QuickTime app.


Say you want to capture something on your Mac screen – but a screenshot just won’t do it. You need something more dynamic, or maybe you need to show subtle changes or you just want to save a video without the hassle of downloading it.

That’s when screen recordings come in handy.

Luckily, they’re also easy to accomplish on a Mac. All you need is the QuickTime Player app (which is an Apple product, so you shouldn’t have to worry about downloading anything.)

Here’s how to get it done:

How to screen record on any Mac computer

1. Click to the Finder in your dock (located at the bottom of your screen).

Screen record Mac 1Devon Delfino/Business InsiderOpen your Finder.

2. Click on the Applications tab in the left sidebar.

3. Double click the QuickTime Player to launch it (Note: Nothing will pop up, but you will see the app logo appear on your Mac’s dock).

Click quicktimeDevon Delfino/Business InsiderOpen the QuickTime Player app in your Applications folder.

4. Go to “File” in the toolbar at the top of your screen.

Screen record Mac 3Devon Delfino/Business InsiderClick ‘File’ and then ‘New Screen Recording.’

5. Click “New Screen Recording” (this will prompt a new recording window to appear).

Screen record Mac 4Devon Delfino/Business InsiderThe QuickTime ‘Screen Recording’ window.

6. Optional: If you want to record sound as well (using your computer’s internal microphone), you’d click the down carrot, located next to the circular, white-and-red recording button.

Screen record Mac 5Devon Delfino/Business InsiderChoose your microphone for sound.

7. Click the recording button.

8. To record everything, click anywhere on the screen; or, if you want to record a specific section of your screen, click and drag a box around the appropriate section and then click the “start recording” button (Note: The recording window will disappear from your screen once you start recording)

Screen record Mac 6Devon Delfino/Business InsiderClick on the screen to record your whole screen or click and drag a selection of the screen to record.

9. To end the recording, click on the small recording icon in the upper-left side of the toolbar at the top of the screen (it will look like a grayed-out square inside of a circle)

Once you end the recording, a new window of your screen-record video will appear. If you click the red “close” button in the upper left corner of the window, you’ll be prompted to either save it (that’s where you’d be able to name the recording and change its location on your computer) or, if you aren’t satisfied with it, you can always delete it and try again.

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