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How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop [with Sound/Without Download]

For mobile phone users to record screen, it’s convenient to record screen with the phone’s inbuilt recorder. While, how to record your screen on a laptop? If your laptop is installed with Mac or Windows 10, you could just start the recording with its own native screen recorder; For other systems, you need to seek assistance from third-party screen recorders. No matter which method is adopted, before that, it is necessary to be clear about the purpose and requirements of the recording. 

What will you record with a screen recorder determines which method is more suitable for you. HD screen, unlimited time and no lagging on the frame, sound recording are particularly worthy of attention for recording working meeting, presentation, tutorial video, etc, demandingly. If fast and simple to use is your priority, some online screen recorders can already meet your needs without downloading. This post brings you 4 practical and fast ways on how to record your screen on laptop with sound on Windows and Mac

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop


How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop Windows - Without Download

Corresponding to diverse Windows systems, this part proposes 2 methods (without download) to record laptop screens in a targeted manner: an inbuilt tool and an online free screen recorder.

1.How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop Windows 10 - Xbox Game Bar

Laptop users of Windows 10 system, look over here. Do you still have no idea how to record your screen with Windows 10? You are so lucky, for there is a shortcut of Windows 10 screen recording. Xbox Game Bar is a customizable game overlay tool built into Windows 10, suitable for most computer game screen recording and also basic program recording operations. But this method, only working on a Win 10 laptop, applies to record merely one program window simply. 

Step 1: Press the Window Logo Key and G to open Game Bar, and select the checkbox of "Yes, this is a game".

Step 2: Open the program window that you plan to record.

Step 3: Click the microphone button to record the laptop screen with sound. If you won’t, skip this step.

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop - Xbox Game Bar

Step 4: Click the record button to start Windows 10 screen recording.

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop Windows 10

Step 5: Click the stop button after completing the recording.

How to Record Your Laptop Screen


For the entire screen recording on PC, use the Windows Logo Key + Alt + G to start and stop recording. If the Xbox Game Bar does not display a full-screen program, try the Windows logo key + Alt + R to start and stop.

Pro: 

  • Easy and fast
  • Absolutely safe as an inbuilt tool  
  • Without download
  • With sound or not (both system and microphone sound)
  • Screenshot supported

Cons: 

  • Only capture 1 program window
  • Cannot select screen area and size
  • Only MP4 format output 

2.Record Your Laptop Screen Windows 7, 8, 10 with Sound [Recommended]

Since a lower version of the Windows System laptop has no inbuilt tool to record screen, such as Win 7 and Win 8 laptops, you need to find a third-party tool. Or provided you pursue a better experience of recording that the Xbox Game Bar cannot achieve, or have higher requirements for recording video and audio, a professional and functional third-party screen recorder works better. 

Here this post recommends a free online screen recorder available all for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, so that you don’t have to download software and easy to use. That is iFun Screen Recorder.



iFun Screen Recorder is a newly launched screen recording tool. Although short in its history, it has overarching functions and can make up for the shortcomings that many other screen recorders have. More crucially, it is totally free! 

Here are the easy steps on how to record your laptop screen without download.

Step 1: Click here to open iFun Online Screen Recorder.

Step 2: Click the red button REC or Start Recording Now.

Step 3: Tap Continue to use Online Screen Recorder.

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop with Sound

Step 4: Select a Sound Resource (Microphone Audio, Browser Audio or No Audio).

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop Without Download

Step 5: Select the screen to be recorded (Entire screen, Application Window or Browser Tab).

How to Record Your Screen on A Win 7, 8, 10 Laptop

Step 6: Press the Red button REC again to start, and tap Stop after completing the recording.

Pros: 

  • Select screen area: Entire screen, Application Window or Browser Tab
  • With sound (Microphone Audio, Browser Audio) or no audio
  • No lagging while recording
  • No login, no need to install plugin or extension
  • Save video as WebM format, that can be recognized by Windows' default player

Cons:

  • Only available for Windows
  • Only 2 free trials of Online Screen Recorder

More Free Features and Settings of iFun Screen Recorder 

iFun Online Screen Recorder is usually handy for occasional use. If you want more settings for recording or use it frequently, freely download it to your Windows laptop, for its more functions and features: 

  • Unlimited recording time
  • Entire screen, selected portion or window, specific frame ratio (4:3, 16:9)
  • With sound or not (both system and microphone sound)
  • 12 Output formats supported
  • No lagging while recording.
  • No login, no need to install plugin or extension
  • Additional function: screenshots, trim or share to mainstream social media

How to Record Your Screen on A Laptop - Free Recorder

How to Record Your Laptop Screen Mac with Sound

There are also 2 methods to record Mac screen and macOS Mojave screen with their respective inbuilt tools. 

1.Record Your Laptop Screen on macOS - QuickTime Player

If you have not upgraded to macOS Mojave, how to record your laptop screen and voice? Try QuickTime Player, the native capture tool of Mac.

Step 1: Find the Application Folder to open QuickTime Player.

Step 2: Tap File at the top of the display, and choose New Screen Recording.

How to Record Your Laptop Screen Mac with Sound

Step 3: Click the arrow (next to the recording button) to change the recording settings.

How to Record Your Laptop Screen Mac - QuickTime Player

Step 4: Hit the round recording button and then:

  • Click anywhere on the screen to record the entire screen.
  • Drag to select an area to record, then click Start Recording within the area.

Step 5: Tap stop recording button or press Command+Control+ESC to finish recording.

As soon as you complete the recording, the QuickTime Player would automatically open the recording for you to play, edit or share.

Pros:

  • Entire screen or a selected portion of screen
  • Without download
  • Safe & easy to use
  • Trim & share directly

Cons:

  • Only laptop system sound supported

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Record Your Laptop Screen on macOS Mojave and Higher - Screenshot Toolbar

Mac comes with its own screen-recording feature on macOS Mojave and higher. That is Screenshot Toolbar. In Screenshot Toolbar, you could select the recording portion, trim and share the videos and audios after recording. 

Step 1: Press Shift+Command+5 to open the system’s recorder.

How to Record Your Laptop Screen Mac - Hot Key

Step 2: Opt in the bottom toolbar to select entire screen or a selected portion of screen.

How to Record Your Laptop Screen Mac

Step 3: Choose where to save the recording and activate countdown timer to start recording. (At this time, choose whether to turn on the microphone or not.)

Step 4: Click the stop button in the menu bar (Or press Command-Control-Esc).

After completing the recording, a thumbnail of the video appears briefly in the bottom right corner of your screen. Click it to trim or share. Auto-save if you have no action.

Pros:

  • Entire screen or partial screen
  • Without download
  • Safe & quick
  • Trim & share directly

Cons:

  • Only laptop system sound supported

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Bottom Line

How to record a screen on a laptop is no longer a challenge. The basic single-window screen recording with sound can be done by using the laptop’s inbuilt tool. QuickTime Player and Screenshot Toolbar (macOS Mojave) are capable to record Mac laptop screen conveniently, Xbox Game Bar to record Windows 10 screen, while other Windows systems laptop screen recording requires a third-party screen recorder. iFund Screen Recorder, with its Online Screen Recorder, offers more professional recording functions and settings to output high-quality videos and audios without time limits.

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