How does UserTesting capture a participant's activity?

The desktop screen recorder is a tool participants use to record their screens during a test.


Along with recording participant's thoughts as they speak out loud, the screen recorder also has the following capabilities:

  • Displays tasks for participants to complete during their test
  • Captures participants’ cursor movements and clicks
  • Displays the time that has passed during this study
  • Provides participants the ability to pause the recording

Tasks will appear in the top right-hand corner of a participant’s screen but the task widget can be moved around so it’s not in the way. Once a participant completes a task they will click a ‘Next’ button on the screen recorder to proceed to the next task.

Note: Participants expect to spend about 15 minutes on a test. If you'd like to run a longer test please be sure to read the Ordering studies longer than 15 minutes article.

How tasks and questions are displayed for participants

Blank Task



Verbal response


Multiple choice


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Rating scale


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Written questions


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Note: Some task types are only available with certain UserTesting subscriptions. Contact your Customer Success Manager for more information.

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