How do I Stop QuickTime Screen Recording?

Fiona Kaufman 2021/1/13 Record Video

QuickTime is not only a multimedia player, but also a screen recorder to assist you in capturing your screen activities. When you use QuickTime to record the Mac screen for the first time, you may not know how to stop it after recording.

So, in this post, we will provide you with a step by step guide on how to stop QuickTime screen recording. We will also offer you a professional QuickTime alternative to help you record screen with audio, which can be used on both Windows and Mac.

Stop QuickTime Screen Recording

Part 1. How to Stop Recording in QuickTime

Stopping QuickTime screen recording is quite easy – just click Quicktime Stop Icon in the menu bar, or press Command + Control + Esc at the same time on your keyboard.

Keyboard Shotcuts

The following steps is for those who are not familiar with how to record video with QuickTime Player.

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player on your Mac. Then find File in the menu bar and select New Screen Recording.

New Screen Recording

Step 2. If you want to adjust the recording settings, just click the arrow next to Quicktime Record Icon. Here you can enable microphone or mouse-pointer display.

Adjust Screen Recording

Step 3. After that, click Quicktime Record Icon and click anywhere on the screen to start recording the entire screen. But if you want to capture a specific area, you need to drag to select the area and click Start Recording.

Drag to Record Part Screen

Step 4. Once you finish your recording, just click Quicktime Stop Icon in the menu bar or press Command + Control + Esc. To save your recording, please open the File menu again, click Save As... this time and find a folder for your video.

Part 2. QuickTime Alternative for Screen Recording

Although QuickTime can let you record your screen easily on Mac, you can only export the recording video as an MOV file. Besides, it doesn’t support Windows system any more. Even if you can install QuickTime on your Windows PC, it only can be used as a common media player.

So, for Windows users and those who prefer a professional recording tool, we highly recommend you use Vidmore Screen Recorder, the best screen recorder for both Windows and Mac. It enables you to capture any part of your screen with high quality and export the recording in any format you can imagine. You can use it to record streaming videos, online meetings, gameplay, webcam, music audio, etc. It even allows you to add real-time text, arrows and shapes while recording.

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  • Record any area on your screen with excellent image/audio quality.
  • Support lots of output formats, such as MP4, MKV, WMV and even GIF.
  • Add text, arrows, shapes and other effects to your recording video.
  • Take screenshots of the whole screen or certain window as you like.
  • Compatible with Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Mac OS X 10.10 or above.
Vidmore Screen Recorder

Step 1: Download and install Vidmore Screen Recorder to your computer. Then open it and choose Video Recorder from the interface.

Select Video Recorder

Step 2: You can select the size of recording screen, turn on/off Webcam and choose the audio source here. Press REC to start recording.

Video Recorder

Step 3: While recording, you can take screenshots as you like. If you need to make notes, you can use the real-time drawings to add text, shapes, arrows, etc. To stop the recording, please click the Stop icon.


Step 4: Now a preview window of your recording will show up automatically. You can trim the video before saving it to your computer.

Save Video

Part 3. FAQs of QuickTime Screen Recording

Q1: Where does QuickTime store its screen recordings?

Usually, if you haven’t changed the destination, it will be saved to the Movies folder of your home directory by default. And its name may be Screen

Q2: How to record audio on Mac with QuickTime?

Launch QuickTime Player on your Mac and select New Audio Recording from the File menu. Then adjust the audio quality and the volume control. Click the Record icon to start recording. When you are done, just stop the recording and save it to your computer.

You can also use Vidmore Screen Recorder to record any audio on Mac.

Q3: How to stop iPhone screen recording?

To stop screen recording on iPhone, you can navigate to the Control Center and tap the Record button. Sometimes you can also tap on the red bar on the top of your iPhone screen to stop recording.


Hope you have learned how to stop recording in QuickTime Player. If QuickTime cannot meet all your needs, you can give Vidmore Screen Recorder a try. If you have any problem about screen recording, feel free to contact us.

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