How to use the Windows 10 Game Bar to record training videos

A training video can be the best communication method in a business setting. You can capture a recording using the Game Bar, but there are quirks to overcome first.

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Depending on the situation, it is sometimes just better to show someone how to do something than to tell them. A short training video that shows the exact procedure to follow down to the individual mouse click can be more effective than a two-hour seminar explaining the same procedure in detail.

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With this basic principle in mind, a previous TechRepublic article showed you how to activate the Microsoft Windows 10 Game Bar so you can record your own training videos; however, that tutorial did not explain how the Game Bar works in practice. The procedure for recording a video is not complicated, but a successful session requires the resolution of a few quirks.

This tutorial shows you how to use the Windows 10 Game Bar to record and create simple videos, including training videos.

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How to record training videos with the Windows 10 Game Bar

The first thing to remember about the Windows 10 Game Bar is that it is designed to work with games. While that may seem obvious, the subtle result is that the application will often fail to automatically recognize productivity software as something that can be recorded. We will have to manually inform the Game Bar of that pro-record status.

The other quirk about the Windows 10 Game Bar is that all recordings automatically go to a library folder with the name Captures–this is not optional or changeable. You may move the location of the Captures folder, but no matter where you move it, that is where your captured videos will reside—there is no other…