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How to Take Screenshot on Windows 10

How to Take Screenshot on Windows 10Take a Screenshot with Print Screen (Prt Sc), How to Save Your Screenshot as a File, How to Save Your Screenshot as a File, How to Save Your Screenshot as a File, How to Use Snip & Sketch to Take Screenshots, How to Capture a Screenshot With the Game Bar and more.

How to Take Screenshot on Windows 10: Screenshot on windows helps you capture the image of your entire display, or just an area of it, depending on what you want. Windows 10 has a variety of built-in tools for easy capture of a screenshot, and there are more powerful third-party tools we also recommend in this article.

Take a Screenshot with Print Screen (Prt Sc)

Taking a screenshot with your windows 10 has been made easy with the Print Screen key on your keyboard. Depending on the keyboard shortcut you use, you can save the screenshot as a PNG image file or copy it to your clipboard so you can paste it into any application.

The prt sc key is usually found between the F12 key and Scroll Lock key on the top row of your keyboard. It may be labeled something like “PrtScn,” “PrtScrn,” or “Prt Sc” instead. On full-size keyboards, look above the Insert key “ins”.

Take a Screenshot with Print Screen

On laptop keyboards, the Print Screen key may be combined with another key, but it will be located in that general area of the keyboard. You may have to press your laptop’s “Function” or “Fn” key while using the shortcuts here.

How to Save Your Screenshot as a File

Press Windows+Print Screen to save a screenshot as a file. In other words, press and hold the Windows logo key and tap the Print Screen key, which may be labeled something like PrtScrn or Prt Sc. (On a laptop keyboard, you may have to use Windows+Fn+PrtScn.)

Hint: For Windows 10 tablet or 2-in-1 convertible PC without a keyboard, press Power+Volume Down to take a screenshot. If you see a Windows logo button on your tablet’s screen, press Windows+Volume Down instead.

The screen will dim for a moment, providing visual confirmation. The screenshot will appear as a PNG file in a folder named “Screenshots” inside your user account’s “Pictures” folder. If you take multiple screenshots, each will be automatically labeled with a number.

This is the location you will likely find your screenshot: C:\Users\NAME\Pictures\Screenshots

How to Save a Screenshot to Your Clipboard

To copy an image of your screen to your clipboard, just press the Print Screen key (or Fn+Print Screen on some laptops).

Windows will save an image of your screen to the clipboard. You can paste it into almost any application: An image editor, a word processor, or anything else that supports images. Just select Edit > Paste or press Ctrl+V to paste as you normally would.

How to Save a Screenshot of a Single Window to Your Clipboard

Capturing the screenshot of a single window instead of your entire screen can be done by, pressing Alt+Print Screen. (On some laptops, you may need to press Alt+Fn+Print Screen instead.)

Windows will save an image of the current window to your clipboard, so, you must first select the window you want to capture first. You can either click somewhere inside the window or use Alt+Tab to focus it.

How to Use Snip & Sketch to Take Screenshots

Windows 10 has a built-in Snip & Sketch tool that provides more powerful screenshot options. You can use it to take a screenshot of a specific region of your screen, capture a screenshot on a delay, or annotate your screenshots.

How to Use Snip & Sketch to Take Screenshots

Note: Windows 10 still contains the classic Snipping Tool, which was introduced in Windows Vista. You can still use the Snipping Tool if you’re familiar with it. However, it’s being phased out in favor of the modern Snip & Sketch tool. Snip & Sketch has all the same options as the Snipping Tool—and more.

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How to Take a Screenshot of Part of Your Screen

To quickly take a screenshot with Snip & Sketch, press Windows+Shift+S. Your screen will appear grayed out and your mouse will transform into a crosshair.

You will see a bar of several buttons near the top of your screen. Select the function you want. From left to right.

Below is what the buttons do:

  • Rectangular Snip: helps you draw a rectangle over your screen with your cursor. Windows will save a screenshot of the area inside the rectangle.
  • Freeform Snip: used for outline of an arbitrary shape on your screen with your cursor (or a stylus or finger on a touch screen). Windows will save a screenshot of the area you draw around.
  • Window Snip: The cursor will function as a crosshair. You can position it over a window and click to take a screenshot of just that window.
  • Fullscreen Snip: This button takes a screenshot of your entire display.
  • Close Snipping: Closes the snipping overlay. (You can also press Esc on your keyboard to do this.)

Snip & Sketch remembers your last used option when you open it with the keyboard shortcut.

How to Annotate or Crop a Screenshot

When you take a screenshot, you will get a notification saying the screenshot was copied to your clipboard. You can paste it into any other application that supports image files. (Use Edit > Paste or Ctrl+V to paste.)

If the notification goes away before you can click it, you will find the notification in Windows 10 Action Center.

For more options, click the notification. This will open the Snip & Sketch window with options for writing on, highlighting, erasing, and cropping areas of the image.

There’s also a “Save” button, which will let you save your screenshot as an image file from here.

(The interface will vary according to window size. With a larger Snip & Sketch window, all the options are on the top toolbar. If you resize the window and make it smaller, some of the options will move to a bottom toolbar.)

How to Take a Delayed Screenshot

In some cases, taking a screenshot on a delay can help you capture a menu or other interface element that won’t appear unless you’re interacting with it. Snip & Sketch can take a screenshot on a three or ten-second delay.

This option can be found, when you open the Snip & Sketch application window directly. Click the Start button (or press the Windows Key), search for “Snip,” and launch the “Snip & Sketch” application shortcut.

How to Capture a Screenshot With the Game Bar – Screenshot a Video

How to Capture a Screenshot With the Game Bar

Windows 10 includes a feature named the Xbox Game Bar. Despite the name, it’s really more of a gaming-focused overlay with a variety of features. It’s main aim is for taking screenshots of PC games.

By default, Windows+Alt+Print Screen will take a screenshot of the current game or desktop application with the Game Bar. (On some laptops, you may have to press Windows+Alt+Fn+Print Screen.)

You’ll see a “Screenshot saved” notification, and you can click that notification to see your Game Bar screenshots. You can also press Windows+G to open the Game Bar.

To configure the Game Bar, head to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar. From here, you can enable or disable the Game Bar feature and customize the keyboard shortcuts that perform these actions. So, if nothing happens when you press these keys, check to see if this feature is enabled in Settings.

Screenshots you take with this tool are saved to this location: C:\Users\NAME\Videos\Captures. (Screenshots are shared to the Videos folder.)

How to Take Screenshots With Greenshot (Free Application)

Our favourite free screenshot tool for Windows—aside from the tools built into Windows 10 itself, which are extremely capable—is Greenshot. It’s free and open-source, and it’s packed with additional features like customizable keyboard shortcuts.

Greenshot runs in your system tray where it provides useful options like “Capture Window From List,” which lets you quickly capture a screenshot of any running window from a context menu.

How to Take Screenshots With SnagIt (Powerful Tool)

Windows 10 is packed with useful powerful screenshot features, but each of the above tools/methods has its own limitations. If you take a lot of screenshots and want more flexibility and options, you might want something even more powerful.

If you don’t mind spending a few dollars on a screenshot tool, SnagIt by Techsmith is an amazingly powerful screenshot application. Taking screenshots is made easy with SnagIt and has features for targeting specific windows and capturing the full text of scrolling windows like web pages in your browser.

Snagit Image Capture Interface

Videos of your screen can also be recorded using SnagIt, turn them into animated GIFs, add video from your webcam and audio from your microphone, and help you easily trim those video clips so you can only include what’s important.

SnagIt has the capability to extract text from screenshots, annotate them, replace text in the screenshots, and do pretty much else you imagine a screenshot tool should be able to do. It’s a great application that we recommend, especially if you need to take a lot of screenshots.

Although SnagIt is not a free App., TechSmith offers a free trial version of SnagIt so you can see if it meets your requirements before purchasing the full version.

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