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How to Record Screen on Windows as GIF

Introduction

Want to record your screen to GIF but can’t figure out how on Windows? Here’s how you do it:

Recording Screen and creating a GIF image of that recording is easier with the new ShareX Screen Capture software which made creating GIFs effortless. ShareX has many other features as well, but in this article let’s explore how to record a GIF using this tool for Windows 11, 10, 8.1 and 7.

What is ShareX?

ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area or the entire area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key.

Today, we’ll see how we can use this tool to create GIFs of your screen on Windows.

Step 1 – Download ShareX

Navigate to below url to download ShareX

https://getsharex.com/

Step 2 – Launch ShareX

After the download is completed, launch the ShareX tool. Below is the screenshot of the tool’s interface.

ShareX Interface

Step 3 – Record Screen

To record screen click Capture -> Screen recording (GIF)

Option Select

OR

We can record screen using Hot Keys. To record screen using Hot Keys press

Ctrl + Shift + Print Screen

To stop recording again press the same hot key combination (Ctrl + Shift + Print Screen)

I personally prefer using the Hot Keys.

Step 4 – Area Selection

We can select the entire screen or a part of the screen to record. In this example I am recording a part of the screen, which is an google animation image.

Image Selection

Once we stop the recording, the gif image will be saved in the below file location

C:\Users\yourUserId\Documents\ShareX\Screenshots

Note: Because we are creating GIFs, so it recommended to keep the GIF length no more than 6 seconds. Although you can increase it.

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