There are a plethora of free tools available on the internet that allows you to 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

The Benefits of Screencasting using Microsoft PowerPoint

There are essentially two benefits here. Firstly, the steps are very easy to execute and secondly, your video will be recorded in HD resolution. 

Also, Microsoft PowerPoint is usually pre-installed inside every Windows computer and it has plenty of uses. So, there is no difficulty with extra space consumption, right?

Steps to Make a Screencast Video using Microsoft PowerPoint 

  • Launch PowerPoint on your computer, select a blank project and remove the ‘Add Title’ and ‘Add Subtitle’ box. 

To remove the Add Title and Add Subtitle box, simply select the boxes and press the delete key from your keyboard.

  • Go to the Insert option located 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 former window that you were working on. 
  • A small dialogue box will emerge as a pop-up (called Control Dock) from the top of your 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 section 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 your 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 the recording, it will redirect you back to PowerPoint with your recorded video.
  • 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’.

Bonus Tip

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

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