Note: On Windows 8 or 10 the Selection Tools will not be displayed when in Tablet mode, because of how Windows manages the windows on tablet mode.
There are four ways you can make a screen selection:
Draw a selection area
Click the Draw selection area button, which is the first button to the left in the panel, to draw a new screen selection using the mouse. While holding down the left mouse button, move the mouse and draw a rectangle to capture on the desktop. Click the "Select" button to lock in your selection and return to the main interface to start capturing.
Select a window
Click the Select a window button, which is the second button to the left in this panel, to add a window to be recorded. Select the desired window by hovering the mouse over the area until the window has focus, click left mouse button to return to the main interface. Debut will capture the image from this window and will keep focus on it even if it is moved or resized during recording.
When the selected window is closed Debut will automatically stop the recording.
Select the entire desktop
Click the Select entire desktop button, which is the third button to the left in this panel, to select the entire desktop for recording.
Select the previous selections
Debut stores your previous 10 selections so you can use previous selection areas for multiple recordings. Click the dropdown list to select one of the previous selections , to select all monitors (identical to "Select the entire desktop" button) or to select each of the monitors.
The Aero feature of Windows adds animation and transparency effects to windows, at the cost of using more CPU. Checking this box will disable Aero effects, freeing up some CPU and potentially giving faster, smoother capturing.
(Windows Vista and 7 only.)
Show selection rectangle while recording
Tick this checkbox if you want to be able to see the selection while recording. If Center Recording on Cursor is enabled, the selection will scroll as you move the cursor around. This can be useful if you want to be sure that all your activity is recorded properly.
These shortcuts will be available when drawing the selection area (see Draw a selection area). You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to make the selection procedure easier and more precise:
Move the selected rectangle by 1 pixel.
Shift + Arrow Keys
Move the selected rectangle by 10 pixel.
Ctrl + Arrow Keys
Increase the size of the selected rectangle by 1 pixel.
Shift + Ctrl + Arrow Keys
Increase the size of the selected rectangle by 10 pixel.
Alt + Arrow Keys
Decrease the size of the selected rectangle by 1 pixel.
Shift + Alt + Arrow Keys
Decrease the size of the selected rectangle by 10 pixel.