How to Record Your Screen on Windows PC

The Loom Team

Many screen recording tools exist — including ones that come pre-installed on your Microsoft Windows PC — but the vast majority of them are difficult to navigate and require you to download and upload large files just to share your video.

Loom's screen recording software lets you record your screen and instantly share your video with a link without taking up any of your computer space. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how you can record your screen on Windows PC using Loom’s desktop app and Chrome extension.

Loom or Game Bar: which is the best screen recorder for Windows PC?

If you have Windows 10, you may be used to recording your screen with Game Bar, which lets you record video games you play on your PC or stream from Xbox One and other programs.

The key differences between Loom and Game Bar are that, with Loom, you can record your whole screen and instantly get a shareable link for your video recording when you're all set (you can't record your Windows desktop with Game Bar, and you need to upload video files to share them.). So whether you need to record a presentation over a PowerPoint or explain a complex idea to a teammate, Loom has you covered.

How to screen record on a Windows PC using the Loom desktop app

The Loom desktop app for Windows PC gives you powerful recording tools to capture, annotate, and share what’s on your screen. 

Because Loom combines the effectiveness of video with the convenience of messaging, you easily have the option to record your camera and screen for a more engaging and expressive experience.

Allie Hitchcock, Loom’s Customer Education Specialist, explains how to record your computer screen using the Loom desktop app. 

A step-by-step tutorial on how to record your Windows screen using the Loom desktop app

After you install the Loom desktop app, here’s how to create a new screen recording:

1. Click on the desktop app icon to open the recorder.

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With the Loom desktop app recorder, you can easily select your audio input and preferences for what you would like to record straight from the main menu.

2. Sign in or create a Loom account. 

3. Choose what to capture. Loom has three recording options:

•  Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera
•  Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera
•  Cam Only: Records only your camera

For the Screen + Cam and Screen Only options, choose whether to record your full screen, a specific window, or a custom-size recording area. If you have multiple monitors, you can also choose which monitor’s screen to record.

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You can record your full screen, a particular window, or a custom-size area for your Loom recording.

4. Choose your audio and camera: 

If you choose to record your camera and audio with your screen, you can select any camera or microphone connected to your computer (e.g., a webcam). Check the audio indicator to tell if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you hit the record button. 

5. Click Start Recording.

6. To stop recording, use the stop button on the Control Menu or click the Loom app on your desktop. You can also quickly restart, pause, or delete your recording from the Control Menu. 

As soon as you finish recording, your video is uploaded to Loom and you can instantly watch and share it with a link — no need to download a large video file as you would through QuickTime player.

With Loom, you can also customize your recording experience — from adjusting your microphone and camera inputs, to resolution, settings, and keyboard shortcuts (which is especially convenient if you're used to pressing Win + G to record with Game Bar).


Pro tip: Use the shortcut “control + alt + c" to add a burst of confetti to your recording! 

Add a touch of flair to your Loom video with the confetti shortcut.


If you need more powerful recording features, Loom Business gives you access to additional features like HD recording, a call-to-action buttoncustom thumbnails, and the drawing tool to add emphasis as you record.

If a screen capture is all you need, our screenshot feature, now in beta, allows you to take screenshots with instantly shareable links.

How to screen record on a Windows PC using the Loom Chrome extension

Loom’s Chrome extension allows you to record your screen with a browser extension.

Matthew Flores, Customer Support Representative, explains how to record your screen using the Chrome extension.

A step-by-step tutorial on how to record your Windows screen using the Loom Chrome extension

After you add the Loom Chrome extension to your browser, how to create a new screen recording:

1. Click on the Chrome extension icon.

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2. Decide how to capture your recording:

•  Screen + Cam: Records your screen and camera
•  Screen Only: Records just your screen with no camera
•  Cam Only: Records only your camera

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For Screen + Cam and Screen Only recordings, you will also have the option to record your entire screen or just the browser window. You can select any external microphone or camera connected to your computer as the input for your recording. A microphone audio indicator tells you if your microphone is enabled and capturing audio before you start recording.

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3. Click Start Recording.

Communicate more effectively with video messaging

Whether you're connecting with your team, your customers, or anyone else, recording your screen with Loom is a great way to collaborate and quickly share information. See how you can use Loom to:

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Brand Strategist Brooks Chambers talks through new design files using Loom on a PC.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. Your recipients can reply back with a loom, time-stamped written comments, and emoji reactions throughout your video. 

Test out emoji reactions in the loom above!


Plus, your videos will remain in your cloud-based personal library so you can access them at any time or share them with your wider team.

Use Apple devices? Loom's desktop app and Chrome extension are also available on Mac, and you can also record your iPhone screen with the Loom iOS app. (the Loom Android app is coming soon!).

Download the Loom desktop app and Loom Chrome extension.

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Written by The Loom Team

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