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How to Screen Record on Chromebook

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You can record your Chromebook screen either using the built-in screen recorder or using Chrome extensions. This article explains how to screen record on your Chromebook.

Let’s get started.

Screen Record on Chromebook

The new built-in screen recorder is currently available behind a flag. So, let’s first enable this flag.

  1. Open chrome://flags
  2. Search for “Screen capture test”
  3. Select Enabled from the dropdown.
  4. Click Restart from the bottom-right corner.

You are now ready to record your Chromebook screen. You can open the screen recorder in two ways:

  1. Using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + WINDOW SWITCHER KEY
  2. From the quick settings panel.

Here is the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + WINDOW SWITCHER

To use the quick settings panel, click the Time/Battery icon on the bottom-right corner of your Chromebook’s screen:

Next, click the new Screen Capture icon:

When you use the keyboard shortcut or click the Screen capture icon from the Quick Settings panel, you will see the screen capture menu:

From here, switch to the screen recorder to start record video:

Next, select if you want to record:

  • The entire screen
  • A part of the screen
  • A Window

Click one of the three icons to select what you want to record. If you select the partial screen recording, you will need to select the area that you want to record.

Now, press Enter. This starts the recording. You will see a counter, counting down from three, when the recording starts.

You will see a recording icon when the screen recording is in progress. Click this icon to stop the recording as well.

Find the recording

Finished recording your first screencast from the Chromebook? Let’s now find this new file.

When you finish recording, you’ll see a notification that allows you to open the recording.

Open the Files app. You will see the recording with today’s date and time as the file name. The file type will be .webm.

Google is working on a screen recording feature for Chrome OS. The new feature is currently called “Capture Mode” for Chromebook.

Recording Screen

I recently started a YouTube channel for Chrome Story. Most of my videos are screen recordings. I regularly post videos about upcoming features and how-to guides.

Using extensions to record Chromebook screens has its own limitations. HD video recording is a paid feature. I have been planning to invest in such an option, and then, I spotted Capture Mode.

Screen Recording with Selfie Camera

Do you want to record yourself alongside your screen? Your Chromebook can do this as well. Selfie camera recording is an experimental feature for now. Enable the following flag and restart your Chromebook to get this new feature.

Enable selfie camera in screen capture: Enables the ability to record the selected camera feed along with screen recordings for personalized demos and more. – Chrome OS

To include video from your Chromebook’s camera while recording the screen:

  1. Click the gear icon on the screen recording toolbar.
  2. Select the front camera or back camera (Depending on the cameras available on your Chromebook)
  3. Start recording.
Chromebook Selfie Camera Video While Recording Screen.
Chromebook Selfie Camera Video While Recording Screen.

Record on Chromebook with Audio

While recording the screen on your Chromebook, you can include audio as well.

  1. Click the gear icon on the screen recording toolbar.
  2. Under Audio input, select Microphone.

Did you get it working? Let me know in the comments section below.


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    Where’s the flag?


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