Want to take a screenshot? You may need to send one to technical support or just record something funny to post on Twitter.
Regardless of what you need it for, there are a number of ways. Windows has several built-in utilities for capturing and saving screenshots, and they are just a few clicks or screen taps away. The following instructions are only for taking a screenshot on a Windows laptop. For more information, see our Chromebook or Mac tutorials.
So let's start with the simplest and simplest method: using keyboard shortcuts.
- The Print Screen button on the keyboard copies the current screen. You can then use Ctrl + V to paste them into image editing software.
- If you press Alt + Print Screen, only the currently selected window is captured.
The creation of a screenshot is quite simple, regardless of the version of Windows used. There are only a few steps ̵
Step 1: Capture the image – When the area to be captured is displayed on the screen, press the "Print Screen" button (often shortened to "PrtScn"), which is normally located in The upper-right corner of the screen is keyboard to take a screenshot of your entire screen. Alternatively, press "Alt + Print Screen" to take a screenshot of the active window.
If you're on a laptop, you may need to press "Fn" + "Print Screen" if your laptop has a different function. This special key
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There will be no noise or other indication that the screenshot was taken, but the resulting image will be saved as a PNG file clipboard. If you are not using a version prior to Windows 8, press the Windows key + print screen to automatically save a full screen screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder of your image directory.
If you have Dropbox installed, the screenshot will automatically be added to your Dropbox directory under screenshots – ideal for your "Showcase".
Step 2: Open Paint – In Windows 10, you can open the Start menu, go to "All apps" and scroll through the alphabetical list until you find Paint. Alternatively, search for "Paint" in the Windows search box and click on the appropriate icon.
If you're using Windows 7 and 8, you can find the Paint app in several ways, but both support the search tool you need right away
S tep 3: Add the screenshot – Once Paint is open, click "Paste" in the upper left corner of the program, select "Edit" then "Paste" or press "Ctrl" + "V" on the keyboard to insert your screenshot.
Step 4: Save the screenshot – Make the changes you want to make. For example, to crop the image to a specific area, click the main File option in the upper-left corner, then click Save As.
Step 5: Name the new file, choose a location, and select the desired file format from the drop-down menu. For most purposes, JPG will work well, but a variety of other formats are available, such as PNG, BMP, GIF and others. Click the gray Save button in the lower right corner when you're done.
Screenshots with OneDrive
- When OneDrive is installed, pressing Print Screen automatically saves a copy of the screen capture] Images are saved in OneDrive / Pictures / Screenshots by default
If you are using Windows 10, have another option for capturing and saving screenshots: Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage platform. After opening, you will be asked if you would like to automatically save your screenshots in the cloud when you press the "Print" button. From there you can easily access the screenshots by copying a link. How it works:
Step 1: Open OneDrive – If you have not started yet, launch OneDrive on your Windows 10 computer. You can find this free application that ships with Windows 10, in the Start menu under "All Apps" or by searching with Cortana.
If you have already set up OneDrive, the folder should be opened in Windows Explorer. If this is not the case, you will be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account. Just follow the instructions on the screen.
Step 2: Press the on-screen key – Press the "Print Screen" button and you should receive a message from OneDrive asking if you want to save your screenshots in OneDrive. Go ahead and confirm, and from now on a PNG of your screenshot will be saved in OneDrive each time you press Print Screen. This also works for the alt + print screen, which creates a screenshot of the active window instead of the entire desktop window. Your computer does not output any sound or other hints when creating a screenshot, but the photos are automatically saved in OneDrive.
If no message is displayed when you press the "Print" button, you can manually enable this feature. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the system tray, located to the left of the taskbar clock. You may need to click the arrow icon to find this icon. When you have found the cloud icon, right-click on it and choose Settings. Then click on the "Save automatically" tab and make sure that "Save screenshots automatically save to OneDrive" is activated.
19659037] The built-in Windows screen capture utility works well enough, but it's not the most robust or versatile one Save snapshot of your screen. Thankfully, Windows also comes with the Snipping Tool, a built-in utility that allows users to define and capture portions of their desktop display as a screenshot without the need for a keyboard.
It's a tool that is constantly evolving, and if you're a Windows insider, you may have access to the latest version with all the new features. If you are not doing an insider preview build of Windows 10, read on, but for those who want to learn more about the new snipping tool, continue to the next section.
Traditional Snipping Tool
Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool – Click the Start menu, navigate to the "Windows Accessories" folder – or to the "Accessories" folder if you have Windows 7 – and select "Snipping Tool" from the list of native Microsoft applications. The icon shows a pair of blue scissors with two white ovals underneath. Alternatively, you can search for and open the program via the Windows search bar.
If you are using Windows 8, click the down arrow in the lower-left corner, press Ctrl + Tab, or swipe down from the center of the screen. to access the "Apps View". Select the snipping tool there.
Step 2: Select snip type or delay – After opening click on the down arrow to the right of "New" in the upper left corner of the program window and select Select the desired clipping type from the drop-down list. The Full Screen option captures the entire screen, while you can use other options to set an area. In addition, you can define a short delay if you need to take screenshots of system or context menus that disappear when you select the snipping tool.
Step 3: Define the selection – Use your mouse or trackpad to manually define your screen capture. The full-screen snip and the window snip do not offer much room for versatility and choice, but in the latter case, you still need to select the appropriate window before proceeding.
Step 4: Save Screenshot – Perform all desired edits, such as: For example, markers or annotations, and click the main File option in the upper-left corner. Then select "Save As," name the new file, choose a location, and choose the desired file format from the drop-down menu. If your screenshot contains text, you'll find more clarity if you save the file as a PNG. However, you can also read our guide to different image formats to choose the best one for each scenario.
Step 5: Share Your Screenshot – Click the gray "Save" button in the lower right corner when you're done, or if you want, you can click on the envelope icon, to send the screenshot as an attachment.
The New Snipping Tool
Introduced with Windows Insider Build 17661, the new snipping tool makes creating screenshots and annotations easier than ever. Simple trimming means you no longer have to go through the menu system to save a screenshot with the tool. Just open it, define an area and it will automatically be saved to the clipboard where you can paste it wherever you want.
Mixing the old world with the new one, you can simply press the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard's snipping tool if you have it enabled through the Keyboard Settings page. Alternatively, you can click on the back end of your pen device when you assign it to this feature from the Pen and Windows Ink Settings menu. You can also use the longer command Windows key + Shift + S.
If you want to edit this screenshot (eg annotations) or remove sensitive elements, you can do so via the new App Screen Sketch. For quick access, Microsoft's new build will notify you if you make a "snip" that, when clicked, brings the screen grab directly to the new standalone Screen Sketch app.