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How to Stop QuickTime Screen Recording

stop quicktime screen recordingQuickTime Player is a pre-installed player by Apple on Mac, which is responsible for synchronizing the audio and graphic files to create new ones. Aside from its primary function as a media player, this tool can also let you record your on-screen activities efficiently. Meanwhile, as a recorder, this app also has drawbacks such as non-stop screencasting and frustratingly unsaved output. These troubles made some users install third-party software instead. But before jumping on that option, try these methods we will be giving you. Here, we will show you several ways to stop QuickTime screen recording accordingly.

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How to Stop QuickTime Screen Recording on Mac

Show Recording Bar with Your Keyboard

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  • Press the ESC key on your keyboard to show the Stop icon.
  • Once it appears, hit "Stop."
  • Press the ESC key on your keyboard to show the Stop icon.
  • It will then bring you to the preview window, where you can also save your recorded video.

Force Quit QuickTime

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  • To stop screen recording QuickTime, force quit the app by finding and clicking the Apple menu.
  • Then, click "Force Quit."
  • From there, browse on the file to find and highlight QuickTime tool.
  • On the lower right corner of the window, hit "Force Quit." After that, QuickTime stops screen recording in the background and will also stop.

Go to Activity Monitor and Stop QuickTime

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  • Click "Finder."
  • From there, click "Applications."
  • Next, go to "Utilities."
  • Finally, select "Activity Monitor."

QuickTime Stop Screen Recording Shortcut

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  • Open the QuickTime by hitting the CPU tab.
  • Then, click "X" in the upper left window of the app's interface. Once done, it will stop your QuickTime Player application.

FAQs of QuickTime Screen Recording

1. How to use QuickTime as a screen recorder?

To record your screen on Mac, click and launch QuickTime player. Then, on its interface, select "File." And from there, choose "New Screen Recording." Once the recording bar appears, click the Record button to start your record and click it again to stop recording your screen.

2. How to record with sound on a QuickTime recorder?

Unfortunately, QuickTime, as a recorder, can't register your computer systems audio. But you can still record audio using its built-in microphone. To do so, only click the downward arrow on the side of the "Record" button and choose your audio source.

3. How to stop a QuickTime screen recording if the record bar is missing?

Well, use the QuickTime stop screen recording shortcut by pressing Command + Control + Esc to force QuickTime to quit.

4. Can I change where to save my output?

Yes. To do so, go to the QuickTime app and the screen controls. Then, on the right side of your screen, click the downward arrow. From there, you can now select the location of your recorded files according to your preference.

5. I force quit my screen record. Is there any way to recover those unsaved files?

Yes. You can recover those files by using "Finder." On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + G. Then, you will see a pop-up Go-to box. Next, copy and paste this command: ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.QuickTimePlayerX/Data/Library/Autosave Information/. After that, it will bring you to your unsaved QuickTime files.

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