You can screen the recording on your Mac by following a few simple steps.
Apple’s macOS software comes with a screen recording feature that is extremely useful if you want to send someone a tutorial, a bug you’re dealing with in your current version of iOS, or even highlights of an app or game.
The screen recording controls on Mac are not central, so many of you, especially those new to macOS, may not know how to find or use them.
So if you just switched to a Mac from a Windows computer or a Chromebook, or you just forgot how to screen a recording on Mac, we’ll show you how. Once you’ve done it a few times, the process should be memorized.
Here’s how to screen a Mac on macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, or macOS Mojave.
How to screen a recording on Mac
You don’t need to download an app to take a screen recording on Mac. You can record your screen using the macOS screenshot toolbar or the macOS QuickTime Player. First, we’ll show you how to screen a recording using the screenshot toolbar.
Follow these steps to open the screenshot toolbar on your Mac:
- Press Shift, Command and 5 at the same time.
- The screenshot toolbar appears at the bottom of your Mac’s screen.
- The three icons on the far left are for screenshots. Ignore that one. You use the icons in the middle of the toolbar. They have a shaded circle inside another circle.
- One option allows you to record the entire screen, while the other allows you to record a selected portion of your screen.
- Choose the option you want. To record a selected area of your screen, drag to select the desired area and then click Record.
- To stop the recording, you need to click the Stop Recording button in the same toolbar.
After you stop recording, you will see a thumbnail of your video appear in the lower right corner of your screen. To quickly save the video, swipe the thumbnail to the right. Or you can do nothing and it will be saved automatically.
You can also click the thumbnail to open the recording for editing. You can also drag the thumbnail to other locations, such as the Recycle Bin or an email.
Control-clicking the thumbnail displays additional options.
In the screenshot above, you can see an Options drop-down menu next to the Record button. Allows you to change your shooting settings before capturing your footage.
You can change where your clips are automatically saved, you can set a timer, and you can select whether or not you want to use the Mac’s built-in microphone.
You can also select whether to see your clip’s floating thumbnail, save your selections in the tool for next time, and choose whether to display a black circle around your pointer when you click in the recording.
You can also use Apple’s QuickTime player to record your Mac’s screen. Here’s how to do that:
- Open the QuickTime Player from your Applications folder.
- Now click on File.
- Choose New Screen Recording from the menu bar.
- You will then see either the same Screenshot toolbar from the instructions above or a screen capture window if you are using older Mac software. If you are using a screen recording window, view the manual from Apple†
It is important to note that you may not be able to use screen recording in some applications due to copyright or privacy issues.
If you’re interested in recording your iPhone’s screen, check out our guide. The screen recording process is very different in Apple’s iOS software.
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Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches from macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.