How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Steps Recorder has been around since Windows 7 and you can use it like a screen recorder to get help troubleshooting a problem… or even make your own How To guides.

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How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Back in Windows 7, Steps Recorder was called Problem Steps Recorder, or PSR for short. Even in Windows 10 you can still launch it by typing psr in the search box. The tool records precisely what you do in Windows and is most often used for troubleshooting, but it has other uses too. Here’s how to use Windows Steps Recorder.

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Back in Windows 7, Steps Recorder was called Problem Steps Recorder, or PSR for short. Even in Windows 10 you can still launch it by typing psr in the search box. The tool records precisely what you do in Windows and is most often used for troubleshooting, but it has other uses too. Here’s how to use Windows Steps Recorder.

How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Either type Steps Recorder or psr into the search box and press Enter. Steps Recorder will appear.

How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Either type Steps Recorder or psr into the search box and press Enter. Steps Recorder will appear.

The interface is simple and has three main options: start, stop and add comment. To start recording your screen (both will be recorded if you have dual screens) simply press Start Record. This turns into a Pause Record button.

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How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Now do whatever it is you need to do to demonstrate something in Windows, whether that’s replicating a crash in a particular program or even showing someone how to achieve something in an application.

How to use Windows Steps Recorder

When you’re done, click Stop Record. Everything you did will be shown step by step with screenshots and accompanying text, explaining what you did, such as left-clicking on a menu option.

How to use Windows Steps Recorder

If you want to, you can highlight something on the screen during recording by clicking the Add Comment button. There’s also a box into which you can type text, and this will then appear above the screenshot.

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How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Click the Save icon to save a zip file which can be then be emailed or shared with someone else. This creates a zip file in which is a single .mht file. This is basically an HTML file which can be opened in Internet Explorer or Windows Edge.

How to use Windows Steps Recorder

Beneath all the steps is extra information which includes things such as the exact versions of the programs used. This is mainly for troubleshooting.

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