How to take screenshots on windows

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Taking screenshots is an essential skill everyone must know.

There are different devices and different operating systems, which all have their own methods to take screenshots. You all may know how to take a screenshot on an Android device by holding the power button plus volume down key together. It’s pretty straightforward on Android.

When it comes to Windows 10 or Windows 7, there is more than one way to capture a screen shot. The numerous methods to take a screenshot include capturing the entire screen or just a selected part of the window. Screenshots can be helpful for a variety of reasons. You may need it to keep a record, to show someone what’s happening on your screen, or to help solve an error with tech support.

The basic ways include using the game bar, print screen key, and snipping tool. All of them have their pros and cons. Some are faster, but some allow you to capture a specific part or edit it after capturing your screenshot.

Let’s look into each way one by one and discuss their benefits.

What is the keyboard shortcut for the screenshot?

The easiest and most convenient way to take a screenshot in windows is by using the Print Screen Key. This key can be found on the top row, usually beside the F12 key. It may be named PrtSc, PrtScn, or PrintScreen, depending on the keyboard you are using.

How to take a screenshot by print screen key:

By simply pressing the PrtScn key once, the system automatically takes a screenshot of the full screen. When you press the print screen key, nothing seems to happen, but windows have taken the screenshot of your entire screen and copied it to clipboard. You can then paste the copied screenshot anywhere from the clipboard. On some laptops, pressing the print screen key alone doesn’t work, you need to hold the function key and then press the print screen key.

Sometimes you may require to take the screenshot of the active window only. For this, you need to press and hold the Alt key and then press the PrtScn key. This will copy the screenshot of the active window to the clipboard, and you can paste it anywhere.

You may require to take a screenshot and save it automatically. For this, you need to press and hold the Windows key and then press the PrtScn key to save the entire screen as an image. This image can be found in the Screenshots folder, which can be found in the Pictures folder. This procedure is useful when you want to save your screenshot in a folder for later use. You can anytime access the pictures screenshots from the screenshots folder.

All of these methods are applicable to both windows 10 and windows 7. They both have the same features regarding when taking screenshots with print screen.

take a screenshot by print screen key

How to take a screenshot by Game bar:

The game bar is an overlay that can be used to capture screenshots or record videos. The tool works on almost all games, app, and software. Here’s how you can capture a screenshot with the game bar.

Step1) Bring up the desired window, game, screenshot screen or application of which you want to take a screenshot.

take a screenshot by Game bar - step 1

Step2) Press and hold the windows key, and then press “G”. The game bar overlay will appear.

take a screenshot by Game bar - step 2

Step 3) Click on the camera icon, located on the top left side, under “Capture.” This will take a screenshot of the active window. The shot screen will be saved in the “Captures” folder located in the “Videos” folder. This does not copy the pictures screenshots to the clipboard.

take a screenshot by Game bar - step 3

You can also take screenshots of an active game by pressing the windows key, the Alt key, and then the PrtScn key together. Taking a screenshot with this keyboard shortcut is much faster.

How to take a screenshot by Snipping tool:

The snipping tool is another utility that comes preinstalled with Windows 10. This utility is also available on Windows 7. It comes installed with both versions of windows. This utility allows you to snip and save it anywhere as an image in windows 10. Let’s see how the snipping tool works.

Step 1) Make sure you’re on the windows, app, or software which you want to take screenshots of.

 

Step 2) Run the snipping tool from the start menu.

How to take a screenshot by Snipping tool - step 2

Step 3) Under “Mode”, select how you wish to take a screenshot.

How to take a screenshot by Snipping tool - step 3

Step 4) Proceed by clicking on “New.” Your current screen will freeze, and you can freely select and part of the windows, by dragging the cursor. Once you have selected, you will be returned to the Snipping tool window.

How to take a screenshot by Snipping tool - step 4

Step 5) Now you can either copy the screenshot to the clipboard, or you can save it to your desired directory.

How to take a screenshot by Snipping tool - step 5

With the snipping tools, you also have the option to delay when the screenshot is taken. You can delay it by 1 second, 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 4 seconds, and 5 seconds. This may be useful in places where the part of which you want to snap, does not appear on the screen immediately. You can delay when the screen freezes and when to take the screenshot.

The snipping tool is being moved, and windows recommend its users to use snip sketch instead of it. A snip sketch is a similar tool, but with a bit more features than the snipping tool. Both of them are used to take screenshots.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch:

Snip sketch is another software that comes preinstalled on the latest version of Windows 10. This software was not preinstalled on the older versions, but if you update windows, you’ll find the snip sketch software. This tool gives you more flexibility when taking a screenshot. With the snip sketch, you have ether option to annotate your screenshot before saving it. Let’s see how it works.

Step 1) Open Snip & Sketch from the Start Menu.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch - Step 1

Step 2) Click on “New” on the top left corner of the windows.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch - Step 2

Step 3) The current screen will freeze, and you’ll find a small menu bar on the top. From the bar, you can choose your desired options if you want a rectangular snip, free form snip, window snip, or a full screen snip. Proceed by highlighting the area you wish to snip by dragging the cursor or capturing the entire screen.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch - Step 3

Step 4) The captured snip will get loaded to the snip sketch windows. Here you can annotate it with different options.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch - Step 4

Step 5) Finally when you’re ready, you can either copy the snip to the clipboard, or you can save it as an image to your desired directory.

How to take a screenshot by Snip & Sketch - Step 5

Taking screenshots with this tool is easier and offers more control—this isn’t an upgraded version of the snipping tool but rather an alternative to the snipping tool.

Conclusion:

As you can see, there are various ways to take screenshots, with each method having different benefits. Why not try out each of our listed procedures, so you can determine the most efficient workflow to take your screenshots.

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