How to record your screen on a Mac computer with the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player

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It’s easy to screen record on any Mac.

  • To screen record on Mac, use the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player.
  • If you have a new Mac, you can screen record on the Screenshot Toolbar with a keyboard shortcut.
  • QuickTime Player is great for older macOS versions, and screen records just as easily.
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Say you want to capture something on your Mac screen – but a screenshot just won’t do it.

That’s when screen recordings come in handy. You can record a video of your Mac’s screen using either the Screenshot Toolbar tool, or the QuickTime Player app, both of which come pre-installed on your Mac.

How to screen record on a Mac using the Screenshot Toolbar

Again, remember that this method is only available if you’re running macOS Mojave or newer. If you’re not sure what version of macOS you have, read our article on how to check your macOS version and install any needed updates.

Once you’re ready to record:

1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to open the Screenshot Toolbar.

A toolbar with a number of icons and options will appear at the bottom of the screen. You’re looking for the icons that have the record symbol (a solid circle) over them. One will record a video of your entire screen, and the other will let you select a specific section of the screen to record.

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The two options in the middle of this toolbar will let you screen record.

2. Pick which recording type you want – and if you picked “Record Selected Portion,” highlight the part of your screen that you want to film – and then click “Record.” If you want to cancel a screen recording before it begins, press the Esc key.

3. Your screen recording will start immediately, and capture everything on your screen (or in the selected section) and any audio playing. When you’re done, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

By default, your screen recordings will be saved to the desktop as .mov files. You can change this by opening the Screenshot Toolbar and clicking “Options” – see below for more details.

How to screen record on a Mac using QuickTime Player

This is the method you’ll want to use if you’re running an older version of macOS. If you go through these steps while running macOS Mojave or newer, it’ll just lead you back to the Screenshot Toolbar.

1. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder, or by searching for it.

2. Click “File” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.

3. Click “New Screen Recording” and wait for a dark gray recording window to appear.

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Select the “New Screen Recording” option.

4. Click the red record button, then click anywhere on the screen to start a fullscreen recording, or drag your mouse to record only a specific section.

You can also click the arrow next to the record button to choose whether or not to enable the microphone, and if you’d like your mouse clicks to be highlighted.

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QuickTime will give you less options, but still lets you narrate the recording.

5. When you’re finished recording, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Once you stop recording, your new video will open in QuickTime automatically. From here, you can watch, edit, and share it.

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How to insert a blank page in Word and keep your document’s formatting intact

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You can add a blank page or a page break in Microsoft Word.

  • You can add a blank page into a Word document by clicking the Blank Page option in the Insert menu.
  • Using this option will keep your Word document’s formatting intact.
  • You can also insert a new page break in a Microsoft Word document to add space between sections.
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Microsoft Word allows you to insert blank pages between existing pages with just a few clicks.

It’s a helpful feature when you’re working on long documents or presentations, because it seamlessly inserts a blank page without disrupting the format of the existing content.

Page breaks are another option for adding space between sections. This formatting tool moves the content after a page break to the beginning of the next page.

If you want to add or insert a new blank page into your existing Word document, here are two ways to do it.

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How to check the CPU usage on your computer to see how well it’s performing

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It’s important to check your computer’s CPU usage to make sure it’s operating normally.

  • You can check your CPU usage on a PC with the Task Manager or Resource Monitor apps.
  • On a Mac, you can check your CPU usage using the Activity Monitor app.
  • Your CPU usage tracks how hard your computer is working to run programs, make calculations, and more.
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Your PC or Mac’s central processing unit (CPU) is like its brain. It’s the piece of your computer that tells every other part how to work, which programs to launch, which pictures to show, and more.

 

Your CPU usage – in simpler terms, how much of the CPU’s energy is being used – is measured with a percentage. When your computer is idle, your CPU usage should float around the single digits or low teens. When running videos, games, or other intensive applications, the CPU usage should jump, but still never stay at 100% for too long.

If you’ve noticed performance issues, like a slow startup time or lagging apps, you’ll want to check your computer’s current CPU usage. That way, you can make sure the CPU’s usage percentage is staying in a healthy range, both when your computer is idle and running at high gear.

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How to check your CPU usage on a Mac

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Why does my Mac’s mouse keep disappearing? How to fix a mouse cursor that won’t stay on the screen

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It’s easy to find a mouse cursor that’s disappeared.

  • If the mouse keeps disappearing on your Mac, make sure that it’s connected, and the cursor isn’t too small.
  • You can quickly find your cursor by shaking your Mac’s mouse, which will cause the cursor to suddenly grow larger.
  • Though rare, a constantly disappearing mouse could also signal an issue with an app or your Mac’s memory.
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A disappearing cursor or mouse pointer can be a frustrating time-waster. The good news is that while there are several reasons why you might not be able to find your cursor, there are also easy ways to bring it back.

If your Mac’s mouse cursor has a habit of going missing, here are the most common ways to get it back. 

How to troubleshoot when your mouse keeps disappearing on a Mac

Quickly shake your mouse

When troubleshooting a problem like this, where there are several different explanations, it’s best to start with the simplest solution.

If you can’t see your mouse pointer, try shaking your physical mouse – do this by moving it left and right across your mousepad quickly. 

If you do it quick enough, your mouse cursor will blow up in size until you stop shaking. It’s hard to miss, but you may need to do it a few times before you find it.

This feature should be enabled by default, but if it’s not, you can enable it:

1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen, and select “System Preferences.”

2. In the menu that appears, click “Accessibility.”

3. Click “Display” in the sidebar.

4. Check off the “Shake mouse pointer to locate” option.

Make your cursor bigger

If you’re having trouble tracking your mouse as it moves, it might mean you need to make the cursor bigger permanently. Luckily, you can do just that.

1. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen, and select “System Preferences.”

2. In the menu that appears, click “Accessibility.”

3. Click “Display” in the sidebar.

4. Use the “Cursor size” slider to make your cursor bigger. The farther to the right it is, the bigger it’ll be.

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Use System Preferences to make your mouse bigger temporarily or permanently.

Check that your mouse is working

If your mouse isn’t working, your cursor won’t appear at all. 

If you’re using a wireless mouse, turn your mouse off and replace its batteries, or charge it. Once you do, turn it back on and reconnect it.

If you’re using a USB mouse, disconnect and reconnect it.

If neither of these methods work, disconnect your mouse and restart your computer, then reconnect.

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If you see this in your “Mouse” menu, there’s no mouse connected.

Change or restart apps

It’s possible the app you are currently using is suppressing the mouse. Sometimes this happens intentionally, like with certain video apps, but it might also be a bug or a glitch. 

Press Command + Tab to switch to a different app and try moving the mouse again. If you think it’s a bug with a specific app, restart the app.

Make sure it’s not on a different monitor

This might seem obvious, but it’s often the culprit: If you have more than one monitor connected to your Mac, it’s possible the mouse is on a different display and not where you expect it. 

This is most likely if your monitors are misconfigured so you can’t drag the mouse pointer from one monitor to the next. 

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If your monitors are on the wrong sides, it’s easy to lose track of your mouse.

Reset your NVRAM

If your mouse is still missing, your Mac’s NVRAM (nonvolatile random-access memory) might be corrupted. Resetting this memory will restore your mouse (and probably fix other bugs you’re having).

Don’t worry – this won’t delete any of your files or personal data.

To do this:

1. Turn off your Mac computer. 

2. When you turn it back on, immediately press Option + Command + R + P. 

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You’ll have to press Option + Command + R + P.

3. Hold these keys down for about 20 seconds. You can release the keys after the second startup sound; or, if your computer is a recent model with the T2 security chip, after the Apple logo appears and disappears for the second time.

Let your computer start up again normally, and the issue should be fixed.

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