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Animation, video & audio
Animation, video & audio

Record your screen in PowerPoint

You can record your computer screen and related audio, and then embed it in your PowerPoint slide—or you can save it as a separate file.

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Try it!

  1. Open the slide that you want to put the screen recording on.

  2. On the Insert tab of the ribbon, select Screen Recording.

  3. On the Control Dock, choose Select Area (or if you want to select the entire screen for recording, press Windows logo key+Shift+F). You'll see the cross-haired cursor Cross haired cursor. Select and drag to select the area of the screen you want to record. The minimum size area you can record is 64x64 pixels. 

    Tip:  PowerPoint automatically records the audio and the mouse pointer, so by default those options are selected on the control dock. To turn them off, deselect Audio and Record Pointer.

  4. Select Record. Use Pause as needed and Stop when you're done. 

    Note: Unless you pin the Control Dock to the screen, it will slide up into the margin while you record. To make the unpinned Control Dock reappear, point the mouse cursor at the top of the screen.

  5. Your video is added to the slide. Right-click the video frame, select the Start icon and pick how you want your video to start: In Click Sequence, Automatically, or When Clicked On.

  6. You can change the look of the video by right-clicking the video frame, select the Style icon, and pick another shape. 

Important:    To use the screen recording feature in PowerPoint 2013, install the February 16, 2015 update for PowerPoint 2013.

  1. Open the slide that you want to put the screen recording on.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Screen Recording.

    Insert > Screen Recording

  3. On the Control Dock, click Select Area (Windows logo key+Shift+A).

    Select Area

    The minimum size area you can record is 64x64 pixels.

    A cross-haired cursor Cross haired cursor appears. Click and drag to select the area of the screen you want to record.

    Tip:    PowerPoint automatically records the audio and the mouse pointer, so by default those options are selected on the control dock. To turn them off, deselect Audio (Windows logo key+Shift+U) and Record Pointer (Windows logo key+Shift+O).

    If you have already done a screen recording during your current PowerPoint session, your prior area selection will appear on the screen. You can proceed with recording if that selection area suits you, or you can click Select Area to start over.

  4. Click Record (Windows logo key+Shift+R).

    Tip:   Unless you pin the Control Dock to the screen, it will slide up into the margin while you record. To make the unpinned Control Dock reappear, point the mouse cursor at the top of the screen.

  5. To control your recording:

    • Click Pause to temporarily stop the recording (Windows logo key+Shift+R).

    • Click Record to resume recording (Windows logo key+Shift+R).

    • Click Stop to end your recording (Windows logo key+Shift+Q) (shown below).

      Control Dock while recording

  6. When you are finished recording, save your presentation: File > Save. The recording is now embedded on the slide you selected in step 1.

    To save the recording itself as a separate file on your computer, right-click the picture on the slide that represents the recording, and select Save Media as. In the Save Media As dialog box, specify a file name and folder location, then click Save.

Save your screen recording as a separate file

  1. Right-click the video frame, and select Save Media as.

  2. In the Save Media as box, choose a folder, and in the File name box, type a name.

  3. Select Save.

Trim your video

  1. Right-click the video frame, and select Trim.

  2. To determine where you want to trim your video footage, in the Trim Video box, select Play.

  3. When you reach the point where you want to make the cut, select Pause. Use the Next Frame and Previous Frame buttons to specify precise timing.

  4. Do one or more of the following:

    • To trim the beginning of the clip, select the start point (shown in the image below as a green marker). When you see the two-headed arrow, drag the arrow to the desired starting position for the video.

      Shows video trim controls

    • To trim the end of the clip, click the end point (shown in the image above as a red marker). When you see the two-headed arrow, drag the arrow to the desired ending position for the video.

  5. Select OK.

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