How to Capture the PC Screen with Screencastify

Screencastify is a free extension for Chrome that allows you to record your PC screen. The user can capture only a specific browser tab or the entire desktop, including other applications, online and without installing applications on the computer. You can also use the microphone to make audio explanations and simultaneously record images from the webcam. The tool is ideal for anyone looking for a simple and free program to make recordings of the computer screen.

Check out, in the following tutorial, how to install and use the Screencastify extension on your PC. Step-by-step was done in the version of Chrome for macOS, but the tips are also valid for users of Windows computers.

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Step 1. Go to the Screencastify download page and select "Use in Chrome" in the browser's plug-in store. Then confirm the installation in "Add Extension";

Installing extension in browser

Step 2. After installing the extension, you will see the Screencastify icon in the upper right corner of the window. Click on it to start the configuration;

Click the extension icon

Step 3. First, you need to sign in with your Google account. To do so, select "Sign in with Google." You can disable auto-saving of videos in Google Drive by unchecking the option above the button, checked by default in pink;

Sign in to your Google account

Step 4. If necessary, sign in to your account. In the sequence, select "Allow" to authorize Screencastify to access your data;

Allow the extension to access your account

Step 5. You must allow the extension to access your computer's microphone and camera. To do this, check the "Camera and microphone" and "Drawing and annotation tool" options and confirm the access in "Next";

Let the extension access the webcam and microphone

Step 6. Finally, you should select the main use of the extension - for study purposes, corporate, other, etc;

Finishing Screencastify setup

Step 7. After performing the initial setup, you can now save your PC screen by clicking on the Screencastify icon. In the menu that appears, you can set recording options - enable or disable the camera and microphone, select what will be recorded, etc. After making the desired settings, press "Record";

Setting up screen recording

Step 8. After the recording starts, in the lower left corner of Chrome, you will find some tools. From there, it is possible to activate or deactivate the mouse cursor, click highlight, webcam and more. You can also use the pencil to make notes on the screen;

Tools for use during recording

Step 9. To finalize the recording, click on the Screencastify icon in the upper right corner of the window, and mark the stop button (in red);

Finishing recording

Step 10. The video will open in a new browser tab. You can download, share on YouTube or Google Drive, cut snippets or delete it.

Video can be downloaded or shared on the Internet

Ready! Enjoy the tips to record your computer screen without having to use complex programs.

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