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Google is adding built-in screen recording to all Chromebooks in the coming weeks. The new tool allows users to record videos from their device’s screen without the need for additional apps or external hardware.

However, the screen recorder should come in handy for all users Google says The tool was implemented specifically for educational institutions: teachers can use it to prepare presentations and students can record lectures.

The feature will be available on Chromebooks in the coming weeks as part of Google’s planned Chrome OS update for March 2021. Google doesn’t give a specific release date, so it may take a few weeks to get ready for your device. However, you can give it a try early on if you opt for the Chrome OS beta. That’s how it’s done:

  1. Go to on your Chromebook Settings> About Chrome OS> Additional Details.
  2. Under the “Channels” Section, change your channel too “Beta Channel.”
  3. click “Change channel.”
  4. Update your Chromebook and restart when prompted.
  5. After restarting, open Chrome and go to chrome: // flags / # screen-capture.
  6. Activate “Screen Capture Test” from the drop down menu, then restart.

You can now use the Chrome OS screen recording tools:

  1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + Overview to open the recorder.
  2. Drag the mouse to adjust how much screen you want to capture.
  3. Hit the record button when you’re ready. A countdown timer will appear. Once it hits zero, it will start recording video of whatever is on the screen. A red recording icon is displayed in the system tray while recording.
  4. Click the Stop button to stop recording.

Those who don’t want to join the ChromeOS Beta can install Chrome browser extensions like Vidyard or Screencastify while waiting for the stable channel patch. Both have limitations, so you should probably upgrade to the Chromebook built-in screen recorder as soon as it becomes available, but there are neat loopholes in the meantime.

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Vidyard has a free version that allows you to record up to an hour per video, although you can get as many recordings as you want. Screencastify has a five minute blackout on all videos. However, you can record, edit, and export as many videos as you want for free (provided you have free space on your PC).