Secret ingredients to quality software


Do you make sure your screen recordings are easy to view?

Last updated by Ulysses Maclaren on 29 Jun 2020 01:18 am (12 months ago) See History

Most developers like to set up their screen efficiently – often that means small fonts, visible bookmark bars and a huge amount of browser tabs and taskbar items. While this is great for efficiency, it is not very good for recordings or presentations, and the clutter should be removed.

Before recording your screen reduce visual noise by:

Unnecessary tabs

Open the tab in its own window

Small fonts

Zoom in to 125% by holding Ctrl and scrolling up on the mouse wheel

Unnecessary bookmark bar

  • Windows shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + b
  • Mac shortcut: Cmd + Shift + b

screen recording bad
Figure: Bad example - This video will be cluttered and unprofessional

screen recording good
Figure: Good example - This is easy to read, and doesn’t look cluttered

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