If you haven’t heard of the Windows program Steps Recorder, you are far from alone. It’s a very small circle.
Fear not. I’m here to introduce you.
It’s an excellent tool that makes it possible to bulk-capture screen shots on Windows desktops, in lieu of the ever-popular Print Screen and Snipping Tool, and then manipulate them into an editing program to create tutorials.
Amazing, right? I thought so, too!
Steps Recorder, Problem Steps Recorder, or PSR was originally designed to enable users to record the steps they took when they encountered a problem, spitting out a zipped file containing screen shots (<—herein lies the key) they could email to technical support.
Beautifully uniform full-screen screen shots of every action the user took.
But this isn’t even the best part.
It comes pre-installed on Windows desktop operating systems, which means that it’s free and already compatible.
No extra software to purchase or configure. No risky files to download. No need to get approval from your information technology professionals.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
I first learned about Steps Recorder and its power just in time to leave the active workforce and stay home with the kids.
Especially given my propensity to create detailed instructional guides sharing everything I knew, whether it was my job or not.
If I had known about Steps Recorder (if it existed then, I don’t know) in 2002ish when I first started creating tutorials, I could have saved days of wasted work.
Alas, I didn’t. But now you do.
And I’ll let you in on the secret: this tiny, unassuming program is powerful.
I’m not going to say learning how to use Steps Recorder changed my life, because that is absurdly over dramatic and profoundly untrue.
However, it was pi-vot-al in my work life.
It saved me hours of copying and pasting screen shots and made it possible for me to create the tutorials I needed in a fraction of the time.
Like any tool, though, it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it.
That’s where I come in.
I put together Easily Create Visual Tutorials: A Detailed Guide to Steps Recorder which shows you every feature of the program and exactly how to use it to create tutorials, guides, how-tos, continuity books, standard operating procedures, what have you.
I used Steps Recorder to write this entire book!
Take a look at this preview:
I start from the start and end at the end. And it is marvelous, if I do say so myself.
However, since we (most likely) don’t know each other, you may be skeptical of my pronouncements of the usefulness of this program.
Let me reassure you by giving you all the necessary steps in a downloadable printable.
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Learning how to use Steps Recorder lifted a huge burdensome weight from my work life. It lessened my workload. It gave me back time I couldn’t get any.other.way.
It enabled me to teach my colleagues how to do better for themselves on their administrative tasks.
I want that for other people in a big way.
If knowing how to create tutorials on Windows desktops using Steps Recorder sounds like something you need in your life, download the printable from my resource library.
It’s completely free!
But why would I give away something I’m selling somewhere else?
Well, I’m not. The printable is just going to be the meat and potatoes, so to speak. The guide is so much more than that.
In its currently updated and expanded state, Easily Create Visual Tutorials: A Detailed Guide to Steps Recorder walks you from the first screen capture through publishing your completed presentation. I also include tips and tricks I’ve learned through prodigious use and new sections discussing Kindle Direct Publishing, screen resolution, image optimization, among other things.
So if you just download the printable, you will miss out on some time-saving lessons-learned.
You will not find anything like this anywhere else on the internet. I’ve searched. Nothing of this detail nor description exists [that I can find].
To be perfectly honest with you, though, if you only need a couple screen shots for your tutorials or you only need a few snippets of the screen, Steps Recorder is not the most efficient program for the job. Print Screen or Snipping Tool will work just fine in that case.
However, if you work in an industry that is heavily systems based (*cough* US Government *cough*), Steps Recorder may well be the answer to your prayers.
If you’re not sure yet, let me list for you some of the ways I used (and planned to use it before going on terminal maternity leave) in my work places.
I used (planned to use) it to update and create:
- Guides regarding submitting travel authorization requests including request procedures
- Guides regarding submitting travel reimbursement requests
- Guides regarding the most common travel reimbursement request errors and solutions
- Guides depicting our web-based performance evaluation submission procedures
- Guides for maintaining my intranet page and files (two different sites for two different organizations)
- Guides for managing our intranet groups
- Guides for submitting time cards for users
- Guides for reviewing time cards for administrators
- Guides explaining the most common time card errors and solutions for users
- Guides for managing organizational email groups
- Guides for managing two email profiles on one Outlook
- A continuity book for my replacement
- A standard operating procedure manual for my position
The more products I created, the more time I got back.
And you can too.
If you spend more time than you should repeating answers to questions you’ve already answered, Steps Recorder can recover that time for you.
If you need to document a process for others to repeat, Steps Recorder will give you that ability.
If you need to create a record for your replacement to duplicate your responsibilities, Steps Recorder will help.
If you need to create tutorials on a Windows desktop, Steps Recorder is the answer.
I don’t think I can overstate the usefulness of Steps Recorder in these circumstances.
And, again, the program is already installed on Windows desktops, which means it’s free, compatible, and available now!
So, to learn how to use this awesome tool, you can either subscribe and download the printable, or you can purchase Easily Create Visual Tutorials: A Detailed Guide to Steps Recorder on Amazon.
I am confident you won’t regret it.
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