Have you ever tried to explain some procedures to your friend or some body else by email or online chat? If he / she is not a computer savvy, you might be fed up in most cases because they usually won’t understand the technical terms and their usability. In such a case, a step-by-step guide with proper screen-shots could help you feel better. There are many screen capturing software to take the screenshots or record the movement of your mouse as video. But, most of them are complicated and need you to manually write the instruction for every step with the screen shots.
Fortunately, there is a hidden Windows utility, Problem Step Recorder which creates Step-by-Step instruction for all the screen actions you take to describe your purpose with relevant text guides. You don’t need to write a single as description. Windows will take the screen-shots automatically and add the text guides with every steps. This Problem Step Recorder is available in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
How to Produce Step-by-Step Instruction for Mouse Movement in the Screen
The Problem Step Recorder is available in both Windows 7 and Windows 8 but it is in hidden mode. To reveal it, type PSR at the start menu search box of Windows 7 / Windows 8. When the search appears to be matched, simply click on the app from the search result. Though the name is “Problem Step Recorder”, this hidden app is actually for the people who need assistance.
This tool does not need any configuration to be used. Just hit the “Start Record” and start creating the instruction. It is so simple.
This Problem Step Recorder has a wonderful comment feature which lets you additional instructions that you want to include into the step. Click the “Add Comment” button and you can write anything into the comment box. This box appears at the bottom-right corner of the desktop and type in any thing if you think any step needs a longer instruction or whatever.
Once you complete your task, click the “Stop record” button and it will automatically open the ‘Save As’ dialog box. Give any name for the file and hit the save button.
The file will be saved as a zipped file which contains nothing but a MHTML document. If you wonder how to open a MHTML file, just double-click on the file (which you get after extracting the zipped file) and it will open with Internet Explorer. If you don’t like to read it from your browser, you can convert the file in any format to read with your preferred application.
However, if you want to send the instruction by mail, just click the inverted delta sign at the Problem Step Recorder app and select “Send to Email recipients…”.
The Problem Step Recorder is a simple tool for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Microsoft did not update this app from a long time. It seems that they are not going to keep this feature in their upcoming OS Windows 10. Though there are plenty of advanced applications for recording the screen actions, the Problem Step Recorder is still worth to keep in Windows operating system as it is simple and do exactly what you need. I am not sure whether it is included in Windows 10 or not. If not, you can submit a feedback request for Windows 10 Technical Preview to include this app into the Windows 10 consumer version.