Use Steps Recorder to document the steps you take. This is a great tool for recording and providing us with details to help troubleshoot your issue.
Record steps to reproduce a problem
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- Steps Recorder doesn’t record text that you type (such as a password), except for function and shortcut keys.
- Some programs, like a full-screen game, might not be captured accurately.
To record and save steps on your computer
- To open Steps Recorder, select the Start button, and then select Windows Accessories > Steps Recorder (in Windows 10), or Accessories > Problem Steps Recorder (in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1).
- Select Start Record.
- Go through the steps to reproduce the problem you’re trying to diagnose. You can pause and resume the recording at any time.
- (Optional) As you record, select Add Comment, use your mouse to select the part of the screen that you want to comment on, type your comment, and then select OK.
- When you’re done, select Stop Record.
- Review the record of the steps you followed to make sure it shows what you want it to show. Select Save, name the .zip file, choose where to save it, and then select Save. Now you can attach and send this .zip file to the person helping you troubleshoot the problem on your PC. It can be viewed in any web browser.
To adjust settings
- In Steps Recorder, select the down arrow next to the Help button, and then select Settings.
- You can change the following:
- Output location. If you don't want to be prompted for a location and file name every time you save a file, select Browse to set a default location and file name.
- Enable screen capture. Select No if you don't want to capture screen shots—for example, if the screen might reveal personal information that you don’t want to share. The app will still record a text description of your steps.
- Number of recent screen captures to store. The default is 25 screens, so if you need to record more than that, increase this number.
Any settings you adjust here are temporary—they go back to the defaults when you close and reopen the program.
Article ID: 22878 - Last Review: Aug 31, 2016 - Revision: 34
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