There are a plethora of tools available on the internet that lets you screencast your computer screen. But the downside of them is that they consume space and only have one utility that is screencasting. So, why will I download any extra software on my computer if I can make a screencast video using Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is embedded inside every Windows computer and it has plenty of uses. So, there is no difficulty with extra space consumption. 

There are essentially two benefits here. One is that the steps are very easy to implement and the other is that your video will be recorded in HD resolution. 

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how you can record your desktop screen using the Microsoft PowerPoint. 

  • Open PowerPoint on your computer and select a Blank Project. Delete the “Add Title” and “Add Subtitle” box. 

If you don’t know how to delete them, simply select the boxes and press the delete key from your keyboard.

  • Go to the Insert option placed at the top menu bar and select Screen Recording. 

Microsoft powerpoint blank page showing the top menu bar

  • As soon as you will click on Screen Recording, PowerPoint will get minimized and you will be redirected to the previous window that you were working on. 
  • A small recording window will appear as a pop-up called Control Dock at the top of the screen with Start, Stop, Select Area, Audio, and Record Pointer options. Record Pointer will record the movement of your mouse(if enabled).

A demonstration of the recording screen with powerpoint showing the pop up that has start/stop, select screen area, audio, pointer options.

  • Just select the area of the screen you want to capture and click Start. You can also select the area by pressing Windows+Shift+A on your keyboard.
  • If you want to select the entire area of the screen at once, press Windows+Shift+F. But remember, this feature is only available in the Microsoft Office 2016 and higher versions.
  • In order to stop the recording, hover your mouse to the top of the screen to call the Control Dock back and select Stop. You can also press Windows + Shift + Q to terminate your recording. 
  • The moment you stop your recording, it will re-direct you back to the PowerPoint with your recording inside the content area.
  • You can either embed the recorded video to your PowerPoint presentation or you can save it separately in one of your Local Drives. The video will be saved in .mp4 format.
  • To save the video in your device storage right-click on it and select “Save Media as”.

Tip: You can also trim your video by right-clicking on the video frame and select Trim.

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