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How to Record Desktop with Shadowplay

Nvidia’s GeForce Shadowplay makes it super easy to record game play on your desktop. Plus, it grabs those key moments that might have been overlooked between each recording.

While Shadowplay is primarily used for capturing game play, it is also possible to use it to record things on your desktop.

Today, that’s what we’re going to be showing you how to do: capture your desktop using Shadowplay.

First, it’s important to note that in order to use Shadawplay to record your desktop, you need to have a minimum of a 600 series graphics card.

If you’re recording on a Notebook, you’ll need to have at least a 660M graphics card.

Important: if you have a laptop/notebook with switchable graphics then you won’t be able to record desktop with ShadowPlay.

With that said, here’s how you use Shadowplay to record desktop:

Step by Step: How to Record Desktop with Shadowplay

1. Open Geforce Experience. It should automatically be available in your user settings; but, if it isn’t a simple search should reveal it.

2. Once it’s opened, navigate to the Geforce Experience in game overlay by clicking the triangular icon or it can be opened by pressing Alt+Z.

3. Click the settings icon which looks like a cog. You might have to turn off instant replay to be able to access the settings.Settings Icon

4. Then navigate to “Privacy Control”

5. Then click “Yes” to allow desktop capture.

6. Now turn on instant replay and you should now see the circular icon in the corner of your screen. If it doesn’t, try restarting your computer and the icon should then appear.

7. Once the icon appears, it will let you know when Shadowplay is on and ready to record.

8. To record your desktop, hit Alt + F9 or whatever binding you have recording set to.

And that’s all there is to it! By following the simple instructions in this tutorial, you’ll be able to record clear, crisp images of your desktop or Notebook.

If you are looking to record a lot of gameplay, then you may be interested in seeing our Best Capture Card Guide.

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