In this article, we’ll be showing you different methods on how to take a screenshot on pc. Screenshots can be useful at work, necessary for record-keeping, or required by tech support to better describe an issue.
In Windows, there are a few different ways to execute this basic task, and we’ve listed them all here. Yes, all of these approaches function equally well in Windows 11 as they do in Windows 10.
Method 1: Keyboard shortcuts (PrintScreen)
Using keyboard shortcuts, Windows gives six ways to capture your desktop as a picture. The Print Screen (PrtScn) key is used in three of them, whereas the Windows (Win) key is used in the other three.
A dedicated PrtScn key can be found in the upper-right corner of external keyboards. The Win key is usually found between the Control (Ctrl) and Alternate (Alt) keys on the lower left. It’s easy to miss because it’s emblazoned with the Windows logo.
On laptops, you may combine the Print Screen command with another operation on a single key. You must use the Function (Fn) key in addition to the Print Screen key in this situation.
Print Screen (PrtScn): Captures the entire screen. If you have more than one display, this function captures everything shown across all connected displays as a single image. By default, this method does not save your image as a file, but merely sends the captured image to the Windows clipboard.
Alt + Print Screen: Captures a single window. Be sure to highlight the target window first, such as a document or browser, before pressing these two keys (or three on certain laptops). By default, this method does not save your image as a file but just sends the image contained in the capture window to the clipboard.
Win + Print Screen: Captures the entire screen. The difference here is that Windows saves the image as a file. By default, it’s sent to C:UsersPictures>Screenshots or C:UsersOneDrive>Pictures>Screenshots on your PC.
Win + G: Opens the Xbox Game Bar. Click the Capture button and then the Camera icon, and this tool will save an image to C:Users>(user name)>Videos>Captures by default.
Win + Alt + Print Screen: Captures only the active window. This command saves an image to C:Users>(user name)>Videos>Captures by default.
Win + Shift + S: Captures a screenshot using the built-in screenshot tool called Snip & Sketch. The screen dims and provides four choices on a small toolbar (not including the Exit icon): Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, and Fullscreen Snip. This tool does not save captures as an image, but merely sends them to the clipboard. We expand on this later in the guide.
Method 1: The Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool is the most native alternative approach. When it comes to saving a screenshot, its built-in screen-capture software is adequate, but it isn’t the most robust or adaptable. It is, however, a tool that helps users to better define and capture screenshots of areas of their desktop display. Here’s how to put it to good use.
- To start, just type snipping tool into the taskbar’s search box and select the resulting app. If you’re on Windows 10, once it opens, you’ll see a notification that it’s “moving to a new home” in a later update. Don’t worry. Even in Windows 11, it’s still an available tool, but Microsoft encourages you to use Snip & Sketch or the Win + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.
- With the Snipping Tool opened, click the Mode button to expand its menu. You’ll find four screen-capturing options: Draw a window (Free-Form Snip), box in an area (Rectangular Snip), capture the current window (Window Snip), and capture the entire screen (Full-Screen Snip).
- Note that if you use the Free-Form and Rectangular Snip modes, the screen turns white. Once you begin defining the screenshot space, the white tint clears within that area. If you’re capturing a specific window (Window Snip), your screen tints white except for the contents within the window you select.
- The Snipping Tool includes a delay feature, too. It can wait between one to five seconds before it snaps an awesome screenshot, so you can capture a precise moment in a video or animation.
- Once you capture a screenshot, the Snipping Tool interface expands to display your screenshot. You can perform light edits like using a pen or highlighter and erasing something.
- When you’re done editing within the Snipping Tool, click File in the upper-left corner and then click the Save As option listed on the drop-down menu.