How to Record Your Mac Screen (macOS)

Welcome to this beautiful post, today we will be guiding you on how well you can record your Mac Screen. Mac screen recording is instrumental if you are doing any training or writing instructions on how to use macOS. There are a lot of different third-party apps, but Apple offers its own free Mac screen recording utility. In this guide, we will show you several ways to record your screen on macOS.

Modern versions of macOS (Mojave and later) on Mac have a hidden screen recorder app with more advanced controls, a recording timer, the ability to change where recordings are stored, enable/disable mouse pointer display, remember last selection, microphone control (record desktop with and without sound) and much more.

If you want to make a simple Mac screen recording, then the built-in features of this macOS utility will be enough for you. However, if you need advanced Mac screen recording functionality, we will also cover a few third-party apps.

How to Record Your Mac Screen: From Beginner to Advanced

Built-in macOS Tool

  1. On a Mac keyboard, press command + shift + 5 (can be invoked while an application is running).
  2. In the bottom middle of the screen, select the rectangle with the circle icon to record the entire screen, or the rectangle with the dotted line and the circle icon to record the selected portion of the screen.
  3. Click the Options button if you want to turn on the microphone, display the cursor, select a save location, etc.
  4. Click the Record button to get started.
  5. When you’re done, click the Stop button (a circle with a square icon) in the menu bar at the top right of the screen.
  6. Unless you choose a different save location, the recorded video will be saved to your Mac’s desktop by default.

You can also open this menu through QuickTime by clicking File > New Screen Recording, but the keyboard shortcut is usually faster.

If you have multiple monitors, you will be able to choose which screen to record (when selecting full-screen mode and screen recording).

You can find your saved screen recording on your desktop or wherever you selected it during setup.

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Screen Recording on Mac with Third-Party Apps

If you need advanced screen recording features, use the CleanShot X app.

CleanShot X Features:

  • Adding annotations to videos
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Record the entire screen, selected area, single window, etc.
  • Image Freeze
  • Reliable Screen Recording
    • Record as GIF
    • Do Not Disturb Automatically
    • Show/hide cursor
    • Hide desktop icons while recording
    • Capturing mouse clicks
    • Capturing keystrokes
  • Upload screenshots and recordings to CleanShot Cloud
  • Tags
  • Team records management
  • Custom domain and branding

And a few more popular third-party screen recording apps for Mac that are worth checking out:

  • Snagit  is a free trial, then $63.
  • Monosnap is a free basic plan, or $2.50 or $5 a month for advanced and commercial plans.
  • ScreenFlow 10, a paid Mac screen recording app, has a powerful built-in recording editor on par with FinalCut Pro.


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