You're watching a fun YouTube video and want to take a snapshot of social media. You may be having problems with a program and want to show someone exactly what is displayed on the screen. We'll show you how to make a screenshot on Windows 10.
In our guide, you will find various ways to make a screenshot, from the standard button for the print screen to using the OneDrive platform from Microsoft. This manual is based on Windows 1809 (update October 2018).
Capture everything to create a file.
USB-based desktop keyboards have a stand-alone button for the print screen next to the Start and Delete buttons. In contrast, laptop keyboards do not usually have a stand-alone button for the print screen. Instead, manufacturers can perform this feature on a single button with another command, due to the limited storage space of the laptop.
For example, our Alienware laptop has a HOME and PRT SCRN button. To use the print screen function, also press the function key (or the FN key). If you want to save a screenshot as a file, you must simultaneously press the Windows key for a combination of three keys.
1. Simultaneously press the Windows and Print Screen buttons. The screen goes dark for a few seconds. On laptops, you may have to press the buttons Windows Function and Print Screen .
. 2 Click the folder icon on the taskbar. This opens the file explorer.
3. Select Images from the menu on the left or the folder icon above.
4. Double-click the folder Screenshots .
5. Click View and select Details from the drop-down menu.
. 6 The screenshot.png file just created contains the current date and time. In addition, a (#) is displayed in the name for several screenshots of the same name. The Details setting is useful if multiple screenshots are stored in this folder.
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Capturing Everything in the Clipboard
You may not want to create a file, just send a screenshot to the clipboard and into an image editor , insert a document or another application. This example highlights GIMP and Microsoft Word. Typically, you can enter Control + V to paste the image into any Windows-based program.
1. Press the Print Screen button.
. 2 Open your Picture Editor .
. 3 Select Edit from the toolbar.
. 4 Select Insert from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can insert as new layer Insert as new layer or Insert as new image . The wording in your favorite image editor may differ.
1. Press the Print Screen button.
. 2 Right-click in your document.
. 3 Under Paste Options select the [Clipboard and Brush] icon to paste the screenshot into your document, keeping its original format. Select the clipboard and the icon to insert the screenshot into your document without preserving the format.
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Add a single window to the clipboard
1. Simultaneously press the keys ALT and Print Screen .
. 2 Paste the copied image into your favorite image editor, document editor, or other Windows-based application. Read the previous instructions for highlighting GIMP and Microsoft Word.
Capturing a defined area for the clipboard
1. Press simultaneously the keys Windows Shift and S .
2. A dark overlay appears . Draw a shape to create a section of the screen . Your mouse pointer will become a white "+" symbol.
. 3 Create a detection area by holding the mouse button and dragging the symbol "+" across the screen . 4. Release the mouse button to complete the screenshot capture area. Windows 10 then sends this image to the clipboard.
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The advantage here is that your screenshots are stored in the Microsoft cloud. If you set OneDrive to sync the screenshot folder to your PC, you will have local access to these recordings as you browse and download the files through a browser.
1. Right-click the cloud icon that is parked in the system tray next to the system clock.
. 2 Select Settings from the pop-up menu.
3. Select the Backup tab.
. 4 Select Automatically save screenshots taken by me to OneDrive at Screenshots .
5a. Press the Print Screen button to capture a full screen shot OR
5b. Simultaneously press the ALT and Print Screen buttons to capture the currently active window OR
5c. Simultaneously press the buttons Windows SHIFT and S to create a specific screen capture window .
6. Click the folder icon in the taskbar to click the File Explorer to open.
7. Left click on the OneDrive list .
. 8 Double-click the folder Screenshots on the right.
. 9 Find your captured screenshot here .
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Using the Microsoft Game Bar
Sure, this tool targets gamers, but you can actually use the game bar use to capture everything on your screen.
1. Click Start followed by gear icon listed in the Start menu. This will open the Settings app.
2. Select Gaming .
3. Enable the setting to capture game clips, screenshots, and programs using the game bar .
. 4 This is your default keyboard shortcut for taking screenshots:
Windows + ALT + Print Screen
Create a new keyboard shortcut as needed.
5. Select Captures on the left.
. 6 This is your default folder for screenshots and video recordings:
C: Users [your user name] Videos Captures
You can move this folder anywhere on your PC. Windows 10 continues to throw captured media into the folder, no matter where they are.
. 7 Use the keyboard shortcut (default or custom) to capture the desktop.
. 8 Select Yes, this is a game (though this is not the case).
. 9 Find your screenshot in the folder Captures .
Use the Snip & Sketch tool
1. Click Start .
. 2 Click the link Snip & Sketch in the Start Menu .
. 3 Click the New button.
. 4 The screen dimmes with a toolbar with four buttons at the top. Select Rectangular Clip Free-Form Clip or Full-Frame Clip .
5. Optionally, click the down arrow icon to view a screenshot now to take a screenshot in three seconds or a screenshot in ten seconds . The screen disappears after the timer expires and the toolbar is displayed.
. 6 Edit the screenshot as needed.
. 7 Click the floppy disk option to save the file to anywhere on your PC.
Using the Snipping Tool
Microsoft is exhibiting this longtime tool in favor of the Snip & Sketch app. but it is still available in Windows 10 1809.
1. Enter Snip in Cortana's search box on the taskbar.
. 2 Select the snipping tool in the search results.
3. Click Mode and select a screenshot type as shown above.
Click Delay if you want the tool to delay screen capture between one and five seconds.
. 5 Click the New button. The screen will dimm white.
. 6 Create a rectangle or shape depending on the mode or select the current window. The Snipping Tool will automatically take a screenshot when you select full screen mode.
. 7 Edit and save your file.
This completes our guide to taking a screenshot in Windows 10. For more tips and tricks, see the following guides: