You can also use it as a screen recorder, although that functionality is somewhat limited. From there, you can do whatever you want with the files — upload them to YouTube, share them on Facebook and so on. You can enable or disable it entirely, and replace the default keyboard shortcuts with hotkeys of your choosing. And if you enable background recording — which uses more system resources — you can set the maximum clip length to 30 minutes, one hour or two hours. However, in tests with three different games, we were unable to get the Game bar to show up if we were playing the game in fullscreen mode.
We were only able to use the Game bar if we could see it, and the Game bar only popped up when we were playing in windowed mode. At that point, we had no problems. Windows spits out an MP4 file within a second or two of ending the recording.
Under most circumstances, particularly in the case of employee training, showing someone how to do something is generally better than merely telling someone how to do something. However, when it comes to information technology and the personal computer, that often means capturing on-screen activities in a video file.
In the past, a screen capture like that might require specialized software, but not if you are using Microsoft Windows Hiding in the guise of an Xbox gaming add-on feature is the Windows 10 Game Bar, which can be used as a viable built-in screen capture application with a few modifications. This tutorial shows you how to activate the Windows 10 Game Bar and then how to configure it for purposes other than gaming.
If you are operating an enterprise with an IT department, it is possible the Windows 10 Game Bar at your workstation has been deactivated. It is also possible that your IT department would like to keep it that way, so you should check with them before you reactivate it.
Fortunately, the Windows 10 Game Bar is not buried deep in configuration menus. Click the Start menu button and then click the Settings icon. On the Windows Settings list, you will see a Gaming category--click that to reach the screen shown in Figure A.
Change the first toggle button to the "on" position to activate the Windows 10 Game Bar. Scroll down the page to see the list of default keyboard shortcuts in Table A. You can change the defaults if you wish, but the default settings and their reliance on the Windows Key work well for most. Next, click the Captures item from the left-hand navigation bar to reach the screen shown in Figure B. Note where your screen capture videos will be stored.
You can use File Explorer to move the "captures" folder to another location, and the Windows Game Bar will follow it. The Background Setting configuration is important for our purposes--toggle that button to the "on" position to enable screen capture recording. As you can see in Figure C , you have several options to consider when this setting is on.
You can set it to automatically record as much as 10 minutes. Be careful recording on an unplugged laptop, because the process will drain a battery quickly. Scroll down the page to the Audio settings Figure D. For training videos, you will likely want the Windows Game Bar to activate the microphone automatically when you start recording.
Unless you have a powerful computer that can handle the performance requirements of higher quality audio, the default settings should be adequate. Scroll down, and you will see a final setting that is important for training videos—the setting that will screen capture mouse cursor movements. To get the full benefit of any instructional video, trainees will likely need to see where the mouse cursor moves.
When you are finished configuring the Windows 10 Game Bar, close out the Settings screen and use the keyboard shortcuts to start and stop recording. As you can see in Figure E , the Game Bar displays as an overlay of whatever application you are running Word in this image. To return the Windows 10 Game Bar to the background, just click anywhere the overlay is not. The app will reside in the background, ready to record whenever you call on it.