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Record Screen Using QuickTime Player on Your Mac

  • Catherine
  • Jul 01,2016
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There must be many time when you need to record screen for purposes of teaching and training, communicating computer issues, making presentations, or sharing content with friends. But how to record screen on your Mac OS? Many new Mac users may not know yet that there is a cost-free screen recorder built-in to Mac beginning with OS X 10.6 and later. QuickTime is Apple’s default media application that can be used for screen recordings. So here comes the question: how to record your screen using Mac’s built-in QuickTime Player? Now check out this tutorial.

Launch QuickTime Player from the Applications folder, and you will see the Quicktime Player menu bar at the top. Click on File menu and choose New Screen Recording, or you can directly press control + command+ N keys together. Then you will see the screen recording window.


 To adjust the desire settings, click the triangle drop-down menu of the right side of the window. You can decide the source for audio input, video quality as well as mouse click options there.


Now click on the red record button to start recording. You have the options to record your full screen, or you can click and drag a specific area of the screen to crop. The more larger area and higher video quality will result in larger files. Once you select the area, click to continue and the actions in the specific area will be recording instantly. When the recording is finished, click the Stop button that appears in the menu bar, and the recorded video will pop up. You can preview, share, and export to save it as a .mov file.


If you just want to shoot some simple videos for sharing and require no advanced functions, QuickTime should suffice, and it is remarkable simple to use. But if you need to make more longer and complex screen recordings, there are many recommended options such as Monosnap, Snagit, Camtasia, and ScreenFlow.

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