You can do this with the “Game Bar”, which is part of the “Game DVR” feature offered by the Xbox app. Windows 10 also includes, customizable keyboard shortcuts for recording videos and capturing screenshots. Record game clips and screenshots of the games you love playing—on Xbox Live, Steam, or other services—and share with all your social networks.
To start taking screenshots and making game clips, press the Windows logo key+G on your Windows 10 PC.
Find the game clips and screenshots you made with Game DVR at Xbox app > Game DVR > On this PC. By default, the captures are saved to your Videos folder, in a folder called Captures. Each video and screenshot is identified with the game’s title and metadata that shows when the image was captured.
Using Xbox DVR to create a game Clip on Windows 10
- TheXbox button launches the Xbox App, which alternates with your gamerpic.
- Press the camera icon to take a screenshot.
- TheRecord that button turns the most recent few moments of gameplay into a game clip when background recording is turned on. To turn it on, go to Game bar > Settings > Record game in the background.
- TheRecord button starts and stops a recording. While you’re recording, a timer shows the length of the clip.
- TheSettings button opens a pop-up window that allows you to control Game DVR settings. Learn more at Adjust Game DVR settings on Windows 10.
- TheMove button lets you change where the Game bar appears on the screen.
The first time you use the game bar with a particular game, you’ll be asked if you want to open the game bar. Select the checkbox to confirm that program is a game.
Xbox DVR Windows 10 can function similarly. To use this feature, you’ll need to enable the “Record in the background while I’m playing a game” option under Game DVR Settings in the Xbox app.
As the Xbox app tells you, “this may affect game performance”. System resources will be continuously used for recording while playing games with this setting enabled, so you’ll want to leave it enabled unless you really want to record gameplay or you have a very powerful PC with extra resources to spare.
Keyboard shortcuts for Game DVR include:
- Windows logo key+G: Open the Game bar
- Windows logo key+Alt+G: Record the last few moments of gameplay (You can change the amount of time recorded in Game bar > Settings.)
- Windows logo key+Alt+R: Start/stop recording
- Windows logo key+Alt+Print Screen: Take a screenshot of your game
- Windows logo key+Alt+T: Show/hide the recording timer
- Windows logo key+Alt+M: Start/stop microphone recording
To set up and use customized keyboard shortcuts, press Windows logo key+G, select Settings > Shortcuts, and adjust the settings there.
Configure Game DVR Settings
The Game bar and Game DVR settings are controlled from the Xbox app. Open the Xbox app, Click the Settings icon, and then select Game DVR to customize them.
You can Disable the Game DVR entirely from here, or set different keyboard shortcuts for opening the game bar, recording videos, taking screenshots, toggling the timer, and using the “Record that” feature.
There are also options for selecting the folders where Windows 10 will save game clips and screenshots, and choosing different video quality and resolution settings. By default, audio is saved when you record gameplay — you can tell the Game Bar to not record audio or control the audio quality level from here.