How to Screen Record on Mac

May 22, 2023 - How-TO


Screen recording on MAC is a crucial part of gaming, the business community, educational departments, tech support experts, and so on. It is a very common activity for regular users of digital devices. Moreover, you can get multiple services from a recorded screen i.e. visualize the main point, explain any process or issue, create how-to-processes, record technical bugs, share games with live commentary, assist technically to your viewers, and so on. 

If you want to know about it, you are in the right place, as we discuss in the given lines, what are the common and easy methods of recording screens on macOS?  It will help you to record your screen along with audio, full-screen recording, or any specific part of the Screen Record on Mac without any requirement of the type of your system. 

How to Record Screen on Mac using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can record your screen on your Mac using your keyboard shortcuts; you need to follow the given steps;

  1. Open the Screenshot Toolbar by pressing the Command + 5 keys from the keyboard.
  2. The toolbar will be opened at the bottom of your screen.
  3. You will offer the option to select the entire screen or a specific part of the screen.
  4. Press the fourth button ‘X’ to record your entire screen and pressing the fifth button will allow you to record a specific part of the screen.
  5. Simply, hover your mouse on each icon to learn about the function of all icons.
  6. In case of recording any specific section of the screen, you will find a box with broken lines; drag the box from the edges to your required place.
  7. Click the ‘Record’ option from the top right of the toolbar.
  8. On completing the recording process, click the circle icon from the top of the screen, and stop the process. You can press Command + Control + Esc as an alternative for stopping the recording process. 


How to Record Screen with Audio on Mac using Screenshot Toolbar?

As we mentioned above, the latest Mac versions are equipped with a built-in screen recording feature and; Screenshot Toolbar. It is free of charge and helps you to avoid downloading any third-party app for the purpose. But, you can record audio using the microphone, and not any internal audio i.e. sound playing in a browser window or a conversation of the online meeting, etc. To record internal audio, you need the help of any third-party app. 

Just record your voice, you need to follow the given steps;

  1. Open Screenshot Toolbar by pressing Command + Shift + 5, and it will activate on your screen.
  2. Go recording Settings option by clicking the ‘Options’ icon, and adjust settings i.e. storage location, timer, microphone, etc. 
  3. Here you have the choice of selecting recording i.e. Entire Screen or Selected Portion. 
  4. Select ‘Record Entire Screen’ and start recording by pressing the ‘Enter’ key from your keyboard.
  5. Select ‘Record Selected portion’ and adjust the area by dragging it to your required place, and click the ‘Record’ option.
  6. The control bar automatically disappears, as the recording starts.
  7. You can stop recording by clicking on the ‘Stop’ icon, or pressing Command + Control + Esc as an alternative process. 
  8. A thumbnail appears on the screen just for three seconds, as the recording stops. You can ignore it. Or click it for trimming or sharing. 


How to Screen Record on Mac with Audio using QuickTime Player?

QuickTime Player is the best solution for recording your screen along with audio, especially for a presentation or tutorial. It also comes pre-installed on your Mac and is very easy to use. It can’t record audio directly, but, here we explain, how you can record system audio and microphone sound. You have to use QuickTime with Soundflower, a free and open-source extension that is used for passing audio from one app to another. You need to follow the given steps;

  1. First of all, you need to download and install Soundflower and set it as an audio output device.
  2. For this purpose, click on System Preferences> Sound > Output, and a list of output devices will be opened on the screen i.e. Soundflower (2ch) and Soundflower (64ch).
  3. Click on Soundflower (2ch), as the other is for advanced users.
  4. Go to QuickTime Player, and select the ‘Files’ option from the Menu bar.
  5. Click on ‘New Screen Recording’, and select the ‘Options’ menu from the screen control bar.
  6. From the ‘Options’ menu click on the ‘Microphone’ option for selecting ‘Soundflower (2ch).
  7. The Soundflower reroutes the system audio output into microphone input. 
  8. The QuickTime Player will take it as microphone recording instead of any internal audit.
  9. Now, you need to select ‘Entire Screen Recording’ or Selected Portion Recording and hit the ‘Record’ button for starting the process.
  10. Stop the process by clicking on the ‘Stop’ button, or press Command + Control + Esc. 


Third-party Tools for MAC Screen Recording

Awesome Screenshot & Recorder

 No doubt, Mac has a built-in screen recording tool, but it is limited. So you can take help from any tool to avail screen recording feature along with multiple other advanced features i.e. video editing, video annotation, cloud storage, team collaboration, and so on. Awesome Screenshot & Recorder is one of the best options. You need to follow the given steps;

  1. Download and install Awesome Screenshot & Recorder from App Store.
  2. Launch the app by clicking on the icon that appeared on your home screen, and complete the sign-in process. 
  3. It offers four options for the recording screen; you can select any one, and click on the ‘Record’ button.
  4. Here you also have the option set video quality.
  5. After adjusting everything, press the blue ‘Start Recording’ option. 
  6. You will find Pause, Recording Time, and Stop buttons in the Menu bar. 
  7. On completing the recording, click the ‘Stop’ option, and save your video in cloud storage, where you can video previewing page, download the video in MP4 format, edit it, and share it with your friends.

How to Record Screen with Internal Audio & Mic Sound Online

Awesome Screenshot & Recorder also offers an online tool for recording your screen along with internal audio & mic sound. Simply, follow the given steps;

  1. Insert in your search bar, and click to open it.
  2. Click the ‘My Items’ option from the top of the page, and select the ‘Record Video’ option.
  3. A popup menu window will be opened to enable you to select the ‘Desktop’ option.
  4. Here you can set video resolution, and select the option; record mic sound or camera.
  5. After adjusting the settings, click on the ‘Start Recording’ button.
  6. Next, you need to select any one option; Entire Screen, Window, or Chrome Tab according to your requirement.
  7. After selecting the option, click on the ‘Share’ option, and start recording. 
  8. A popup window will appear on the screen to display the recording status.
  9. Click on the ‘stop’ option to stop recording. 
  10. Go to the ‘My Items’ option to check your recorded videos or save them in MP4 format. 


VEED’s Free Screen Recorder Browser Extension

It is the best solution for creating large shareable as well as customizable screens between multiple people. VEED extension is free of charge while offering limitless recordings and lengths of recordings

  • Install the VEED screen recorder extension from the Chrome web store, as it is added to your Chrome browser, it will be directed to a new page.
  • Now you are asked to create a free account to login, and pinup it to the browser toolbar. 
  • Click on the VEED icon to open it.
  • It will ask permission for access to the camera and microphone.
  • You can select the layout for your screen recording, as there are three layouts; Screen and webcam, webcam only, and Screen only.
  • Select an external or built-in device for recording the screen with audio. 
  • Click the ‘Start recording’ option, and select the screen i.e. Window, Entire Screen, or Chrome Tab from the popup window. 
  • Set your timer for recording.
  • Complete the recording process and you can use different tools to make your recording effective.
  • Click the ‘Stop’ button, and stop the recording process, clicks the ‘Share’ option to share your recording. 

OBS Studio

It is also a third-party tool to record professional screens as well as live streaming. It is freeware and open-source and offers incredible capabilities for both audio and video. 


It offers to record instructional videos. The simple user-friendly interface including templates offers an easy screen recording process. it is compatible with multiple platforms. 


Loom with a simple and intuitive interface offers cloud storage for saving your recordings. Supported multiple platforms and advanced editing features to create awesome screen recordings.

Final Words

So, viewers, we have explained four famous methods of recording screens on your Mac. We hope you understand well, and you can take help from third parties if you are not satisfied with the in-built methods. We also have given a brief detail of several popular third-party tools for your ease. 


Is it possible to record a screen with audio without a mic?

The internal built-in microphone is available on all Macs, so you need not to attach an external mic for recording sound. 

How can I locate my recorded screen on Mac?

The local or in-built capturing of screenshot tool of Mac saves your recording to the Desktop, or you can also select the location for saving the content. Whereas, QuickTime Player offers auto-opening of screenshots, as you click on Stop Recordings. 

How can I record the screen using keyboard shortcuts?

You need to press Shift + Command + 5 for recording your screen on Mac.

How can I record the screen on Max without using an app?

You need to change your Privacy & Security settings. Click on Apple Menu for selecting System Settings. Go to the Privacy and Security menu and enable the screen recording option by turning it on. 

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