Record your desktop

When you record your desktop, Screencastify captures everything on your entire screen or in a specified application.

Start a desktop recording

  1. Click the extension icon to open up the Recording Control Panel
  2. Select the Desktop option
  3. To narrate over a recording with your microphone, enable "Microphone" and choose your audio device. The sound bar next to the microphone icon will light up if it is successfully detecting sound. If it's not, click here to troubleshoot audio issues.
  4. To embed your webcam into your recording, enable "Embed Webcam" and select your camera
  5. Click "RECORD"

Next, a window will pop up asking if you'd like to record your entire desktop or a specific application. If you choose a specific application, Screencastify will only capture that application window.

After you've made your selection, click "Share". You'll hear a countdown and then your recording will begin.

When Screencastify is recording, a red dot will appear in the extension's icon: screencastify-recording-icon


During your desktop recording, a notification will appear on the bottom of your screen informing you that you're sharing your screen with Screencastify. This notification will not appear in your final recording. 

screencastify desktop sharing notification

End a desktop recording

When you're finished recording, click the Screencastify extension icon and click the stop button. You'll then be taken to the Video Page, where you can edit and share your recording.

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