How to make Mac screen recordings, quick and easy

As a Mac user, you already know how to take a quick screenshot with the shortcuts ⌘⇧3 and ⌘⇧4. But did you know that you can also capture a video recording of your screen? If you are running macOS Mojave, making a Mac screen recording is as easy as pressing a shortcut, just like taking a screenshot. Older Macs can also do it, although with a little more uselessness.

Recording the screen in macOS Mojave

Let's start with the single. To capture a screen recording in macOS Mojave, simply press ⌘⇧5 . You could probably have guessed. When you do, a new screen capture bezel appears on the screen, with options for video capture and regular screen captures.

  Mojave ⌘⇧5 screen capture panel. Mojave ⌘⇧5 screen capture panel.

To capture video, click on the fourth icon, the first with a small recording circle superimposed on a screen icon. The mouse pointer will become a small camera, and you can click on any screen to start recording. Yes, this works with several screens connected to your Mac.

If you only want to capture a section of the screen, use the following icon on the floating panel. This opens a selection tool, and you must click and drag to select the part of the screen you want to record. Once this is done, click on the Record button on the far right of the tool panel.

Once you finish recording, a thumbnail will appear on the screen, floating on the desktop. Click on this thumbnail to share the clip or edit it. You can also drag that thumbnail directly to another location.

Record the screen on older Macs

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On previous machines a Mojave, you can capture screen recordings with the QuickTime Player application, which is preinstalled on all Macs. (You can find it in the Applications folder.) To record the screen with QuickTime Player, start the application and choose File> New screen recording in the menu bar. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut ⌃⌘N .

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Below, you will see some instructions on the screen. You will be asked to click anywhere to start recording the full screen or click and drag to make a selection. If you choose to make a selection, you can keep trying until you get a selection that you like. When you are ready to record, click the button Start recording in the middle of your selection.

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The QuickTime Player video selection tool.
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In any case, you can stop recording by clicking the Stop button in the menu bar.

Your new recording will open in an editing window, ready to be saved.

The old vs. screenshot options new to macOS

Mojave screen capture tools are great. I also like how it generates floating iOS-style thumbnails so you can quickly interact with the captured screenshots and videos, without having to explore all those icons on your messy desktop.

But the QuickTime Player method allows you to make Mac screen recordings just as quickly, once you've opened the application. I guess you don't have the immediacy of the direct access trigger ⌘⇧5. But since you must take additional measures to start recording in Mojave, in the end there is no difference.

Oh, and one more thing: the screen capture tool has a great additional feature: Show mouse click on Recording . This shows a black circle around the mouse pointer each time you click, which makes it great for instructional videos.

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