How to Screen Record on Surface Pro

If you want to screen record on your Surface Pro, there are multiple different ways to do it. You can use the built-in screen recording software, download an additional tool or program, or even use an online solution if you’d rather not download anything.

Whether you want to record a gaming clip to share with friends or online followers, or make a video tutorial for a class or your blog, screen recording is an incredibly useful tool. Unfortunately, it isn’t very clear for new or novice Surface Pro users how to do so.

With that in mind, this guide is going to take a closer look at the best methods for you to screen record on your Surface Pro.

Key Takeaways

  • Using the built-in screen recorder (Game DVR) can be a simple and quick way to record your screen, though it has some limitations compared to other options.
  • If you want additional features and functionality, consider downloading and using a third-party screen recording tool.
  • For the person who doesn’t want to go out and download a program, there are online screen recorders that can be used, as well.

1. Use the Built-in Screen Recording Software

One of the most popular options is to use the built-in screen recorder on the Surface Pro, which is called Game DVR. It was designed primarily to capture gaming clips and content, but can also be used as a general purpose screen recorder for whatever you need.

To access this software, simply go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar. You need to ensure that the toggle near the top of the window is set to “On” to ensure your screen can be recorded.

Once the settings are correct, you can open the app by either searching for Game Bar or by pressing the Windows key + G. Once you’re in the app, you can begin recording by pressing the circle record button in the capture module, or press Windows key + Alt + R.

In order to stop the recording, simply hit the stop button. From there, your recording will be saved in the capture folder or you can click “See my captures” within the software.

Also, it is important to be aware that you need to ensure your Surface Pro is updated to at least Windows 10 if you want to be able to record your screen this way.

2. Download a Specific Tool or Program

While Game DVR is a solid option for many people, there are some drawbacks such as a resolution limit, the inability to define a specific part of the screen to record, and more. Thankfully, there are many other programs that can help.

This includes OBS Studio, ShareX, Flashback, DemoCreator, Debut, and so many others. Some of these screen recorders will require you to pay for them, but others will be available to download and use for free.

Each has their own unique features and functions, so do some research on what each brings to the table, and how that measures up compared to what you need to use the screen recorder for. Don’t hesitate to try a few out and see which you prefer, too.

3. Utilize an Online Solution

If you’d rather not download another app or program, but are still unsatisfied with Game DVR, there are online solutions available. These are able to be used right in your browser, without having to spend time downloading an app or adding an extension.

Likely the leader in the space is ScreenApp, and using it is simple. Simply visit the website, click Get Started, choose your preferred option from the list provided, and then click start recording. Once done, your recordings can be saved and downloaded within seconds of being captured.

An online screen recorder can be a simple, quick, and easy way to record your screen when you weren’t expecting to have to, and can be perfect for those one-off situations where you need to share an error or show your screen to someone else quickly.


Here are a few commonly asked questions about screen recording on a Surface Pro, along with their answers.

How can I screen record on a Surface Pro with sound?

Many of the various screen recorders will actually be able to capture sound by default when they record your screen. Of course, this isn’t always the case, so make sure to test it out beforehand to ensure the recorder also captures the sound on the screen.

How to choose the right screen recorder?

When it comes to choosing the right screen recorder, it is important to know what you are going to use it for. Each option has various different features and options, and you need to choose one that matches up well with your needs and how the recorder will generally be used.

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to share an amazing gaming clip with the masses, or make a video tutorial, screen recording is a useful and fun tool that is worth checking out.

We hope that this guide has helped you learn some of the best ways to record your screen on a Surface Pro.

What is your preferred method for screen recording and what type of footage do you like to capture? Let us know in a comment!

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