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You can screen record on your Mac by following a few easy steps.

Apple’s macOS software comes with a screen recording feature which is extremely useful if you want to send someone a tutorial, a bug you’re dealing with on your current version of iOS or even highlights from an app or game.

The screen recording controls on Mac aren’t front and center so a lot of you, particularly those new to macOS, may not know how to find or use them.

So if you just switched to a Mac from a Windows computer or a Chromebook, or you’ve simply forgotten how to screen record on Mac, we’re going to show you how. Once you do it a few times you should have the process committed to memory.

Here’s how to screen record Mac on macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, or macOS Mojave.

How to Screen Record on Mac

You don’t need to download an app to screen record on Mac. You can record your screen using the macOS screenshot toolbar or the macOS QuickTime Player. First, we’ll show you how to screen record using the screenshot toolbar.

In order to bring up the screenshot toolbar on you Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Press Shift, Command, and 5 together.
  2. The screenshot toolbar will popup on the bottom of your Mac’s screen.
  3. The three icons on the far left are for screenshots. Ignore those. You’ll be using the icons in the middle of the toolbar. They have a shaded circle within another circle.
  4. One option will allow you to record the entire screen while the other will let you record a selected portion of you screen.
  5. Pick the option you want, if you want to record a selected portion of your screen you’ll need to drag to select the desired area, then click Record.
  6. To stop recording, you need to click the Stop Recording button in the same toolbar.

You can use the macOS screenshot toolbar to record your screen.

After you stop recording, you’ll see a thumbnail of your video appear in the bottom right corner of your display. If you want to quickly save the video, swipe the thumbnail to the right. Or, you can do nothing and it will save automatically.

You can also click the thumbnail to open up the recording so that you can make edits. You can also drag the thumbnail to other locations like the Trash or an email.

Control-clicking the thumbnail will bring up additional options.

In the screenshot above you’ll notice an Options drop-down menu next to the Record button. This will allow you to change your recording settings before you capture your footage.

You can change where your clips are automatically saved, you can set a timer, and you can select whether you want to use the Mac’s built-in microphone or not.

You can also select if you want to see the floating thumbnail of your clip, save your selections in the tool for next time, and you can choose if you want to show a black circle around your pointer when you click in the recording.

You can also use Apple’s QuickTime player to record your Mac’s screen. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open up the QuickTime Player from your Applications folder.
  2. Now click File.
  3. Choose New Screen Recording from the menu bar.
  4. You will then see either the same Screenshot toolbar from the instructions above or a Screen Recording window if you’re using older Mac software. If you use a Screen Recording window, check out Apple’s guide.

It’s important to note that some applications may not allow you to use screen recording due to copyright or privacy issues.

If you’re interested in recording your iPhone’s screen, check out our guide. The screen recording process is a lot different on Apple’s iOS software.

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Install macOS Monterey 12.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey 12.4 update right away.

macOS Monterey 12.4 delivers a whopping 50+ new security patches. These will help protect you and your device from harm.

If you're interested in exactly what Apple's patched up, you'll want to head on over to the company's security site.

As for older macOS updates, macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brought two security patches to Mac users. You can read more about them over on Apple's website

Apple's macOS Monterey 12.3 update had 40+ security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these upgrades, you can check the particulars over on Apple's security site.

The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch to Mac users. You can learn more about the patch over at Apple's security site

Apple's macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you're interested in the details, head on over to Apple's website to learn more.

macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches to Macs. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

Microsoft says it discovered a new 'Powerdir' vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows "an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent, and Control (TCC) technology, thereby gaining unauthorized access to a user’s protected data." Fortunately, Apple patched up the issue in macOS Monterey 12.1. 

macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software delivered Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you're moving up from macOS Big Sur, you'll also get macOS Monterey 12.0.1's 30+ security patches when you update. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

In addition to those patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

New Mail Privacy Protection helps prevent senders from tracking your Mail activity and there's a new recording indicator in Control Center for apps that are accessing your mic.

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