Two Quick Tips for Windows 10

By | September 21, 2017
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Two Quick Tips for Windows 10

Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update) and Version 1703 (Creators Update).

Make a screen recording without installing any 3rd-party software

Did you know that you can make a screen recording in Windows 10 just by pressing Windows Key + ALT +R?  Press Windows Key + G to open the screen recorder if you don’t see it. Admittedly this screen recorder was made for games, but you can use to record anything on your screen and create and save a video from the screen recording.

Another way to record your screen:  Press Windows Key + G to open the recorder. Press the round red button to begin recording. Press it again to stop the recording. If you want to record your voice (or any sounds) tick the “Record mic” box.

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Switch Between the Light & Dark Themes in Windows 10

If you’re using Windows 10 Light theme, then your settings window has a white background. But with the flip of a switch (literally) you could be using the Dark theme. You can change back and forth to suit your moods, I guess. Maybe this is why EB always uses the Dark theme? It matches her mood!

All kidding aside. If you want to come on over to the Dark side…

Open Settings (Windows Key + i or click the settings icon on your Start menu or Action center) and click on Personalization > Colors.

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Look under “Choose your default app mode”. If you have not changed your theme, then you will be using the Light theme by default. If you’re ready for a change, just tick the circle next to Dark. Voila! You’ll immediately see the Dark theme appear.

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When you’re ready to come back into the light, just return to Settings > Personalization > Colors > “Choose your default app mode” and tick the circle next to Light. That’s it. Easy and quick!


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3 thoughts on “Two Quick Tips for Windows 10

  1. Margie Paregian

    I cannot make the screen recording tip work – no matter how many computers I try it on – it always comes out the same. What am I doing wrong? Here is what happens when I press the Windows Key + Alt + R: A black box appears stating: “Record with Game Bar? We’ll mark this as a game.” There is a checkbox which must be checked or nothing happens. When I check that box it then goes to the next black box which states. “Sorry, this PC doesn’t meet the hardware requirements for recording clips. Learn More”. I have tried this on so many really high powered computers with great graphics cards – I get the same response. I’ve tried it on videos, on just a start page, doesn’t matter what I try, I always get the same response. Am I doing something wrong here? Please help.

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    1. Margie Paregian

      Apparently we need to be using the X-Box app when doing this – is this correct? You never mentioned that part? Or I missed it?

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      1. infoave Post author

        Hi Margie,

        Unless you intentionally removed (uninstalled) the Xbox app, it in on your Windows 10 PC. It comes with every version of Windows 10. You don’t need an Xbox to use the Xbox app. You can open the Xbox app by clicking Xbox on your start menu, or typing xbox in the taskbar search. You can open the Xbox games bar by pressing Windows Key+ G.

        Thanks,

        TC
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