How to use GeForce Experience to record your desktop

GeForce Experience is NVIDIA’s software for its graphics cards, and in addition to helping us update their drivers automatically or optimize game settings according to our hardware, it has various tools, including screen recording to save videos of our games. or broadcast live on streaming platforms. But what if you want to record your desktop ? We teach you how to do it.

Normally, when we use software to record the screen, it is limited to games, so that we can broadcast them live on platforms such as Twitch, upload the videos to YouTube or simply to watch the games. However, it may be the situation that we also want to record the desktop , for example to teach a friend to do something, or simply to record games that do not run in full screen .

Next we are going to show you how to use NVIDIA GeForce Experience to do it in a few minutes.

Configure GeForce Experience

We assume that you have GeForce Experience already installed and, of course, a compatible NVIDIA graphics card, since otherwise you will not be able to use this proprietary software that is only compatible with graphics cards of the brand. The first thing to do is enter the application, hit the right gear to access the options, and activate the “In-game overlay” option.

Now that we have it activated, we can press either ALT + Z to access the options, or click on the “Settings” button that is just below in the same section. This will take us to the settings, and we must go down completely, to the privacy control.

Once there, we will see that there is only one option, which we must activate so that the program can record the desktop in addition to the games in full screen (it seems to us that we cannot give it because we were just recording the screen with GeForce Experience to take the screen capture, since being an Overlay you cannot take captures of it if it is not by recording it on video).

Once we have this active, now we must simply configure where we want the videos to be saved. To do this, we go back into the configuration with ALT + Z but in this case we will go to «Recordings».

In the window that opens, we simply have to indicate the path where we want the files to be saved. Keep in mind that, automatically, the software will create a folder called “Desktop” within the path that we tell it. In the case of this example, although we have indicated E: Recordings, the videos will be saved in E: RecordingsDesktop (Note: it is grayed out again and does not allow us to modify because we are recording in the meantime).

Record screen or desktop

It’s ready! Now with just pressing ALT + F9 we can start the recording even though we are on the desktop, and it will be saved in the path that we have indicated. To stop the recording, you just have to press ALT + F9 again, and in fact both when starting and stopping a message will appear indicating it in the upper right part of the screen.

It may seem silly, but the privacy setting for recording the desktop is disabled by default, and if you don’t know it’s there, you can go crazy trying to record the desktop or a game that is not in full screen using GeForce Experience without success.


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