Master keyboard shortcuts

Screencastify has a handful of simple, intuitive keyboard shortcuts that allow you to use our tool more quickly and create better recordings. When you use our keyboard shortcuts, your audience won't have to watch you moving your mouse to start, annotate and stop you recordings.

We recommend taking a few minutes to memorize and practice these shortcuts. Your future self will thank you!

Shortcut PC Mac
Open the extension Alt + Shift + S Option + Shift + S
Start / stop recording Alt + Shift + R Option + Shift + R
Pause / resume recording Alt + Shift + P Option + Shift + P
Change recording focus to current tab Alt + Shift + F Option + Shift + F
Show / hide annotation toolbar* Alt + T Option + T
Focus spotlight on mouse* Alt + F Option + F
Pen tool* Alt + P Option + P
Eraser*
Alt + E Option + E
Wipe screen clear* Alt + Z Option + Z
Return to mouse cursor* Alt + M Option + M
Hide mouse when not moving* Alt + H Option + H
Embed webcam toggle* Alt + C Option + C

*Tab recordings only

Customize your keyboard shortcuts

You have the option of customizing any keyboard shortcuts that are not specific to tab recordings. To view and edit the shortcuts you can customize, follow these steps:

  1. Open the extension
  2. Open the Main Menu
  3. Click "Options"
  4. Scroll down to the Keyboard Shortcuts section
  5. Click "Configure Recording Shortcuts"
  6. Customize the shortcuts however you'd like

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