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Record your screen with PowerPoint

Published 18/06/2018 - 0 Comments

One of the most useful things when hitting a bug or an issue is a screen recording of the actual issue. Screenshots are great, but you can’t beat a recording for quickly explaining an issue.

Previously I’ve used things like the great TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit, and in a pinch on a machine where I don’t have those installed,

Those are not always an option or an easy option on a users PC. However the great Carolyn Blanding – Sr. Supportability PM in Skype and Teams gave me this tip the other day, you can record your screen from PowerPoint!

PowerPoint 2016 introduced the ability to take screen recordings and that feature has been added to PowerPoint 2013 as well.

Insert, Screen Recording


Select Area


Turn off Audio if you like, Hit Record


When done find the hidden control bar at the top of your screen and hit stop


Your recording will be dropped into PowerPoint


To save it as an individual video file, right click, save media as


It will save as a nice .mp4, full res, 10 fps


So there you go, a quick way to record your screen on nearly all PC’s.

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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