Top 3 Best Screen Recording Software For Windows 11 Completely Free Without Watermark

If you’re on Windows 11 and looking for a free screen recording software without watermark, this is the right article for you. In this post, I’ve compiled a list of top 3 most powerful screen recording software you can use for Windows 11 without worrying about the annoying watermarks and time limits as usually other free apps do.

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All right! Let get into the detail of the post now.

Windows 11 built-in screen recorder – XBox Game Bar

This is the screen recorder that you will get when you install Windows 11 on your computer. It’s a default application of Microsoft Windows 11. It is mainly designed for video game screen recording. However, with all the functions of a screen recording software such as: the ability to capture voice from the microphone, system sounds and mouse operations, this is no doubt one of the best free screen recording software for Windows 11 in my opinion.

If you want to use this software, just press the shortcut Window + G on your computer keyboard. You’ll see its toolbar menu appear at the top of your computer’s screen. Then you can start your screen recording immediately. Of course, you’ll be able to customize your external microphone as well as some other settings about video quality, the number of frame rate you want to capture too.

XBox Game Bar Pros

  • It’s right inside your computer.
  • Completely free to use without any limitation.
  • You can record high quality screen recording video with external microphone, system sound and mouse movements.
  • Taking screenshots.

XBox Game Bar Cons

  • Partial recording is not available.
  • You can not edit your recorded video.
  • Maximum recording time is 4 hour only.
  • Webcam recording is not available.

Best for

This built-in screen recording software is the best option for those who only need a simple screen recording tool and don’t want to install a third party software on their computer.


ActivePresenter is a powerful screen recorder, video editor and eLearning authoring software for creating online training videos. It’s packed with a free screen recorder which lets you capture what’s happening on the screen with audio from your external microphone as well as system sound simultaneously. You can also record your webcam, adjust the size and position of your webcam easily too.

If you want to create training content from screen recording, ActivePresenter is no doubt a perfect choice. In addition to recording screen videos, activepresenter also allows you to edit and edit video and audio completely for free. Adding text, creating transitions in ActivePresenter is also very easy.

ActivePresnter recording toolbar

ActivePresenter Pros

  • Free to use
  • No watermark, no time limits.
  • Possible to record screen, audio and webcam at the same time.
  • Mouse cursor effect is adjustable.
  • Possible to edit video and audio.
  • Export project to mp4, avi or mkv without watermark.
  • Convert text to speech.

ActivePresenter Cons

  • You need to convert your project once the recording is finish.
  • There are not so many video effect and transition.

Best for

ActivePresenter is an advance screen recording software. It’s best for content creators who want to make training videos, software tutorials and especially the one who need to edit their screen recording afterward.

OBS Studio

OBS Studio is an open source cross platform screen recording and livestreaming software, meaning that you can download and use it completely free without any limitation. The software is designed for Windows, macOS and Linux and it works just fine on your Windows 11 computer. With OBS Studio, you can capture what’s happening on your computer screen, audio from your microphone as well as your face cam simultaneously.

Added to that, you can also use OBS Studio as a streaming software for YouTube, Facebook or Twitch. It supports various streaming servers. Although it is a bit difficult to use if you have no computer knowledge, but if you learn how to install it initially, using it is as easy as the two software above.

OBS Studio Pros

  • Completely free to use without limitations.
  • Possible to capture computer screen, webcam and audio simultaneously.
  • Can be used for livestreaming on YouTube or Facebook.
  • Capture gameplay in high fps.

OBS Studio Cons

  • Can’t add and adjust mouse cursor effect.
  • Can’t adjust webcam in post.
  • Steep learning curve.

Best for

OBS Studio is a great option for those who want to capture games or livestreams or YouTubers who want to create training videos.

Bottom line

All in all, screen recording software is just one of the tools you need to use in order to create great online training videos, or in some case, your YouTube videos. Choosing which software to use depends a lot on the training you intend to do. There is no one-size-fits-all software, only the one that works best for you. I hope this article helps you find out the best screen recording software for your belove Windows 11 computer.

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