A screenshot is a word that describes an image that you take of whatever is showing up on your screen. While it’s extremely easy to do while on our smartphones, a lot of people don’t know how to do it on Windows. However, Windows has various methods that you can use to take a high-quality shot of your screen. In the following, article, we’re going to show you a step by step guide on how to screenshot on windows via different methods!
Method 1: Using the Print Screen Button Method
You can use the Print Screen Button found on your keyboard to take a screenshot and then save it as an image.
This button is useful because it allows you to take a screenshot of the entire screen or the active window only.
Step 1: Find the “Print Screen” Button
To find it on your keyboard, look for a button that says:
- Print Screen
In some keyboards, the button can be also labeled as “SysRq” or anything abbreviating the words “Print Screen” or “System Request”.
On most keyboards, you’ll find this button to the right of the F12 on the top right of the keyboard. It’s usually lined next to the left of the “Scroll Lock” button.
On laptops, you might need to use the Function button “Fn” or “ Alt + Fn + Print Screen” to access the print screen feature. The best thing here is to either try both or check your laptop’s user guide.
Step 2: Press the Print Screen Button According to Your Purpose
Now that you’ve found the print screen, it’s time to press the button to save the screenshot. But wait! This button can be used to take various screenshots. Let’s have a look at its various abilities.
Copying the Entire Screen to Clipboard
To copy the entire screen to your clipboard, you’ll have to press the “Print Screen” button once.
After you press the key, it’ll feel like nothing happened. But don’t worry, the screenshot is now saved to your clipboard and ready to be pasted.
To save the screenshot as a file, you’ll need to use any image editing program to paste the image. This includes Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Word, or any other editing program that you prefer.
In most of these programs, you only need to paste the file. You can do this simply by pressing (Ctrl + V) or choosing “Edit” from the top toolbar “Paste” or “Paste into the File”.
Once you do this the uncut version screenshot will show up in front of you. Keep in mind that this image has the same resolution as your screen with the same dimension. You can either crop and edit the image or save it as it is to the destination you want.
Copying the Active Window Only
If you want to copy the window you’re clicking only, press “ Alt + Print Screen”. After that, continue to paste your image on any image editing tool.
Save the Screenshot Directly
If you’re not planning on cropping, editing, or adding anything to your screenshot, you might as well save it directly to save the hassle.
To do that you need to press the “Windows logo button + Print Screen button ” on most computers. However, some computers use:
- “Windows logo button + volume down button”
- “Windows logo button + Ctrl + Print Screen Button”.
In laptops, this should usually be the “Windows logo button + Fn + Print Screen Button”. If you activate the windows animation effects, the screen will dim for a short moment.
After that, the screenshot will show up directly as a file in the “Screenshots” folder found in your default “Pictures” folder. The file will be called “Screenshot (Number).png”
Customize the Screenshot Dimensions
If you want to screenshot a specific part of the screen, you can do it easily using the “Windows logo button + Shift + S”.
The screen will dim and you’ll be able to drag the mouse pointer to select the area you want to capture.
The selected portion is then saved to your clipboard to save on photo editing tools just like the previous methods.
Note that this method is only available if you’ve installed the latest update of Windows 10, which is known as “Windows 10 Creators Update”.
Method 2: Using the Snipping Tool Method
The snipping tool is also an easy method to take screenshots on windows. Here’s how you can use it to take screenshots:
- Start the snipping tool from the start menu.
- Click “Mode” to choose the shape of the screenshot.
- Click “Delay” to adjust the wait time before freezing the screen for a screenshot
- Click “New” to freeze the screen.
- Drag the mouse and customize the screenshot dimensions.
- Save your image by clicking “File” then “Save As” and select the destination and name.
Once the screenshot is created, you can customize it in the snipping tool menu.
Method 3: Screenshot Games Using the Game Bar Method
The game bar allows you to screenshot the windows even while playing games. It works with the majority of the games on PC and laptops. Here’s how to use it:
- Download Xbox Game Bar if you don’t have it.
- Start your game.
- Press the “Windows logo button + G” while playing to pop up the overlay.
- Click the camera icon or “Windows logo button + Alt + Print Screen”.
- Find the screenshot at the default “Video” Folder > “Captures”
Method 4: Screenshot Games Using Steam
If you’re playing games on Steam, you can simply press “F11” to capture a screenshot. You’ll then find the Screenshots folder in Steam’s main directory.
Method 5: Premium Screenshots Using Snagit
In addition to the built-in and free software that you can use to capture screenshots, you can also splurge a little for a professional program that can do the job even easier, such as Snagit.
It replaces the default screen print button, so when you press “print screen”, you’re ready to customize the screenshot and edit it as you want.
There you have it. A complete guide with various methods on how to screenshot on Windows. Give each one of these methods a try and use the one you’re most comfortable with.
As you can see, Windows gives you the ability to capture, edit, and save your screenshots in many ways without using third-party software.