#Office365Challenge – So as promised, I’ll be looking at Office Mix for a couple of days. As I create a lot of manuals, quick reference guides, handover documents etc., this truly is the best tool EVER!!! Today we’ll look at Screen Recording.

Day: 47 of 365, 318 left
Tools: Microsoft Office Mix
Description: Using Office Mix for Screen Recordings

Seeing as I haven’t quite figured out how to add videos to my WordPress blog (pathetic I know – but I’ll get there eventually), I’ll show you how to do this with actual screenshots (images). Hopefully the last of these Office Mix Blogs will be a video (Mix) to summarize it all.

In PowerPoint navigate to the Mix Tab (1) then click on Screen Recording (2). Tip: Using Alt+Tab first to see which program opens when you toggle helps – as this is where Mix will go to make the recording. You might have multiple apps open – and that could be painful – so check first.


Mix will now toggle to the other application with a toolbar at the top. Here you’ll see:

  • Record
  • Stop Recording
  • Select Area
  • Audio
  • Record Pointer

Click on Select Area to select the area of the screen you would like to record. It will display a red dotted line to indicate the area. When ready – click on Record. It will record screen, audio and mouse pointer (as per your settings). Once done – click on Stop Recording.

The clip will now appear in PowerPoint, you’ll notice the play toolbar below it. What’s great here is that you can crop the screenshot if need be. Go to presentation mode to have a look at how it displays.

Take note of the Video Tools Tab with Format and Playback Options:

By far the easiest I’ve ever made screen recordings and embedded them in my PowerPoint Slides. See you tomorrow when I’ll be sharing more Mix Tips.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.