Microsoft is finally adding a built-in screen recorder to Windows 11 via the Snipping Tool, allowing users to capture desktop video without the need for a third-party app.
The update is rolling out as part of a gradual rollout to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel and will be available once Snipping Tool version 11.2211.35.0 is installed.
To use the new feature, Windows Insiders should open the app and click on the new recording option at the top of the window.
“You will then be able to select and fine-tune the part of your screen that you want to record before starting your screen recording session,” explained Dave Grochocki, Senior Product Manager for Windows Inbox Applications.
“When you’re done, you can preview your recording before saving it or sharing it with others.”
The company is also aware of known issues that could impact the user experience for those who already have access to this preview feature.
Some users may see a slight delay between clicking the “Start” button and the start of recording. Others will also notice that the Snipping Tool application window will not restore after starting a new snip from the application.
Since the Snipping Tool is an “inbox” application, which are default automatically installed applications in Windows, all users will eventually be able to have this feature without installing any additional software from Microsoft.
If you are running the latest version of Windows 11 Developer and don’t have the new screen recording feature in Snippet Tool yet, please be patient as it is rolling out slowly.
Widget table removes login requirement
On Friday night, Redmond also announced that Windows 11’s Widget Table will be fully functional even if users aren’t logged into their accounts.
This change is rolling out to Insiders in the Dev Channel running Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25262.
“In the latest Widgets update, we’re removing the login requirement for the Widgets Table and making it available to all users,” Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc said.
“Now you can get weather updates on the taskbar, pin widgets from your favorite apps, or access a personalized dynamic feed without an account.”
Microsoft also fixed an issue where File Explorer would enter a hang loop if the Widgets app package was missing after upgrading to Build 25252.
Starting with Media Player version 11.2211.34.0, Windows Insiders can also browse their video library by folder.