7 Ways You Can Take Screenshots In Windows 10


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Taking a screenshot on your Windows 10 is quite an easy way to save what’s on your display while also having an option to annotate and share the screenshot. In Windows 10 there are some shortcut keys and built-in tools that you can use to take a screenshot easily. Whether you want to save your entire screen or just a piece of it, we have all the solutions here, as you will see the 7 ways you can take screenshots in Windows 10.

1. PrntSc Key

The PrintScreen key is the most common and easiest way to capture your screen in Windows 10. By pressing a PrtScn button, your screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, and you have to open an image editing tool or paint program to paste the screenshot and save it to your computer. Also, you can set the PrtScn key as a shortcut to launch the Snip and Sketch tool (you will get to know about it later in the article).

2. Window Key + PrintScreen Key

If you want to easily take a screenshot and save it automatically to the memory, use keyboard shortcuts, Windows Key + PrtScn key. Your screen will get dim to show that a screenshot has been taken and will be saved to the “Pictures>Screenshot” folder.

3. Alt + PrintScreen Key

There is another way you can take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the PrintScreen key. Just press Alt + PrtScn key to take a screenshot of the active window, and it will copy it to the clipboard. Now go to the image editing tool or Paint program to paste the shot and save it from there.

4. Windows Logo + Decrease Volume Key

If you are using a Microsoft device, then it is the easiest way to take a screenshot. Just press the Windows logo touch button + physical Volume down key to take a screenshot of the entire screen. The screen will get dim briefly to indicate the shot has been taken, and it will be automatically saved to your pictures folder.

Moreover, you can take a screenshot with your stylus by double-tapping the eraser button. Moreover, if your laptop supports Stylus input through Windows Ink, you can also take a screenshot in your Windows 10 with the help of a stylus. Double-tap the pen icon in the taskbar and select ‘screen sketch.’ It will take the full screenshot and will open in a window to annotate, save, and share.

5. Snipping Tool

Snipping tool

The Snipping Tool is one of the several software that comes with installing any Windows since the Windows Vista era. It is quite easy to use and gives you great control over what to specifically capture from your screen by allowing you to draw free-form shapes around the content.

The tool has been moved from the start menu, but you can easily access it via the search bar. Follow these some easy and simple steps to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the snipping tool.

  1. Start the snipping tool by searching through the search bar and launching it.
  2. Through the menu bar, click on the mode and choose the type of screenshot you want. It has any shape to free-form option.
  3. Now click on the New option, and it will make your screen freeze.
  4. Use your mouse to create a screenshot, and it will appear in the Snipping Tool window.
  5. If you wish to include any tooltip which appears only after mouse movement, you can specify the time duration, after which the screenshot will be taken through the delay menu.
  6. After taking the screenshot, you can annotate it using the drawing tools.

The Snipping Tool does not save your screenshots automatically, and you have to do every one of them manually. It only automatically copies your captures to the clipboard but does not save it in your system.

6. Snip And Sketch

Snip and Sketch are easier to access and a bit advanced than the Snipping tool for taking screenshots in Windows 10. You can launch it with keyboard shortcuts, Windows key + Shift key + S, or search it in your start menu, where it is listed as Screen Snip.

  • Once launched through a keyboard shortcut, your screen will get dimmer, and a tiny menu bar will come on the top of the screen.
  • Here, you can select the type of shape of your screenshot and other options.
  • After taking the screenshot, it will save it to the clipboard and send you a notification at the down-left side of your screen.
  • Open the screenshot from the notification and in the Snip and Sketch app to further annotate, draw, save and share your screenshot.

If you launch the Snip and Sketch from your start menu, you have to go through an extra step. It opens a whole window instead of a small menu bar. From the window menu, select New from upper-left to capture the screen. If you click on the down arrow button next to New, it gives you control of delaying a screenshot by 3-10 seconds. These are just the extra steps you will face, while reset is the same as above mentioned steps.

7. Game Bar

In Windows 10, there is an additional screenshot utility available for gamers to take screenshots or record the screen during the game, and it is known as Game Bar or Game DVR. It is easy to access through keyboard shortcuts and take a shot of your game. Here is how you can use it:

  1. Start our game from the start menu or launch via the Xbox Console program.
  2. When you are playing the game, press the Windows Key + G to launch the Game Bar overlay.
  3. Next, click on the camera icon from the menu to take a screenshot of your screen, or you can do it just by keyboard shortcuts, Windows key + Alt + PrtScn.
  4. After taking the screenshot, you will get the notification that it was successful, and the screenshot will automatically save in your “Videos” folder with a subfolder named “Captures.”
  5. If you are playing a game on the Steam platform, just press F11 to take a screenshot of your game. It will be saved automatically to the screenshot folder on Steam.

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