#415 The Unknown Windows Tool for Automatically Capturing Screen Activity

At some point, everyone who works with computers needs to share the steps for doing something on a computer. Whether it is training for how something works or getting help from a support person when it doesn’t, capturing the steps involved is often very helpful.  There are about a zillion ways to do this including taking screenshots and recording video of your screen actions. If you want a super quick and easy way to capture the steps for some operation on your Windows computer, you should try out the Problem Steps Recorder.  It is free and there is nothing to download because you already have it. (Bet you didn’t know that! I didn’t.)

Problem Steps Recorder

The cool thing about the Problem Steps Recorder is that it will  automatically capture the steps you take, including a text description of where you clicked and a screenshot from each time you click. Then when you’re done, you can save them to a file and send it off to someone else.


To record and save steps using the Problem Steps Recorder

  1. To open the Problem Steps Recorder click the Start button and type psr. In the list of results, click psr.
  2. Click Start Record. Then walk through the steps you want to capture. You can pause the recording at any time, and then resume it later.
  3. When you’re done click Stop Record.
  4. You can use the Save button to save your stpes as a .zip file.

You can even email it directly from the PSR application. Once you’ve saved it, click the help down arrow Picture of help down arrow and then click Send to E‑mail recipient. This will open an e‑mail message in your default e‑mail program with the last recorded file attached to it.

Who knew that such a handy little tool was hiding right there in Windows all along? Learn more about it here.

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