Best Free Screen Recorders for Windows

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There are many reasons why you might want to record your screen rather than take a screenshot. Sometimes a still image of a Windows app isn’t enough and what you really want is a video showing the on-screen action. A screenshot is the equivalent of a photo, but recording a video your screen can better help to explain to someone how to fix a problem when you’re offering technical support, or you might want to make videos for YouTube. You might want to record a gaming session and share it with friends, or something else entirely. 

In addition to just the on-screen action, your movie can include an audio commentary or, if you prefer, on-screen annotations or captions to explain what you’re doing. Just like screen shots, the end result can easily be emailed, or hosted on your website.

See also: how to take a screenshot in Windows 10

As with most software, not all screen recorders are created equal and while there are free versions, they typically lack the flexibility and video-editing options of paid-for products. Here we’ve rounded up a range including both free and paid-for packages so you can choose the one that suits your needs.

If it’s not Windows you want to capture, check out our separate guide on how to record an iPad’s screen

FlashBack Express 5


Windows 10 Game DVR


OBS Studio


OBS Studio

Camtasia


Camtasia

CamStudio


CamStudio

Screencast-O-Matic


Screencast-O-Matic

Icecream screen recorder


Icecream screen recorder

SnagIt 13


SnagIt 13

Microsoft Steps recorder


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