Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots
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How to screenshot on Windows 10
How to screenshot on Windows 11
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8 ways to take a screenshot on Windows 10 and Windows 11
The Print Screen Button
- 1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard.
- 2. Select the area you want to capture. The screenshot will be saved to the clipboard.
- 3. Open an application like Paint or Word and paste the screenshot to it.
- 4. Edit the screenshot or save it to a suitable location.
The Windows key + Print Screen
Press the Windows key + PrtScn to take a screenshot and automatically save the file to the Screenshots folder.
Alt + Print Screen
Press Alt + PrtScn to capture the active window you’re working in. The screenshot will be copied to your clipboard, and you’ll need to paste it into another program to save it.
The Snip & Sketch tool in Windows 10
- 1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S to activate Snip & Sketch.
- 2. Choose how you’d like to take a screenshot: Rectangular, Free-form, Window, or Full-screen.
- 3. After you capture the screenshot, it’ll be saved to your clipboard and a preview notification will appear. Click on the preview notification to open the Snip & Sketch app and save, share, or edit the screenshot.
The Snipping Tool in Windows 11
- 1. Start the Snipping Tool in Windows 11 by searching for it or press the Windows Key + Shift + S.
- 2. Choose how you’d like to take a screenshot: Rectangular, Free-form, Full-window, or Full-screen.
- 3. Once you’ve taken your screenshot, it’ll be copied to your clipboard and it will be saved to the Screenshots folder. Click the preview to save and edit it.
Use The Game Bar
- 1. Press Windows Key + G to open the Game Bar.
- 2. In the overlay menu, click the Capture button to bring up the Capture menu.
- 3. In the Capture menu, click the camera icon to take a screenshot.
Power + Volume Up (For Microsoft Surface devices)
Press the Power Button + Volume Up Button to take a screenshot. The screenshot will save to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
The Snipping Tool allows you to take a snapshot to copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen. You can make changes or notes, then save, and share. You can capture any of the following types of snips:
Draw a free-form shape around an object.
Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
Select a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.
Capture the entire screen.
When you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window where you can make changes, save, and share.
How to Open Snipping Tool
For Windows 10
Select the Start, enter snipping tool, then select Snipping Tool from the results.
Press Windows logo key + Shift + S.
For Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, select Search, enter snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
For Windows 7
Select Start, then enter snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.
How to Find Screenshots on Windows 10
If you've taken a screenshot by pressing the Windows + PrtScn keys:
- 1. Open your File Explorer. You can do this by opening any folder.
- 2. Once you've opened the Explorer, click on "This PC" in the left sidebar, and then "Pictures."
- 3. In "Pictures," locate the folder called "Screenshots." Open it, and any and all screenshots taken will be there.
Note: If you've taken a screenshot by just pressing the PrtScn key, then you won't be able to find your screenshot anywhere. This is because it's only saved in your computer's clipboard, and you'll have to paste it into a program like Paint before it can be saved to your computer and viewed normally.
How to Change the Default Location of Your Screenshots
- 1. Use the File Explorer to navigate to the place where you want your screenshots to be saved. It can be anywhere, including your desktop. Once there, create a folder called "Screenshots."
- 2. Now, repeat the previous section's steps to reach the "Pictures" folder.
- 3. Right-click on the folder that reads "Screenshots" and then open the "Properties" of the folder.
- 4. In "Properties" for the folder, click on the tab that reads "Location." You'll be shown the Screenshots folder's current location. To change the folder's location, click "Move."
- 5. In the new Explorer window that opens, navigate to the new Screenshots folder you made earlier and select it. Once there, click "Select Folder" in the bottom-right.
Now, all future screenshots taken with the Windows + PrtScn method will be saved to the new location you selected.
how to take screenshots on Windows 10 and Windows 11
Method 1: Using the Print Screen Key/Shortcut
Press the PrtScn key, usually found in the top-right corner of your keyboard, to copy the current screen image to your clipboard.
Use the Windows key + Print Screen key to save a screenshot of your entire screen to the "Pictures > Screenshots" folder.
Method 2: Alt + Prt Sc Screenshot
If you want to capture only an active window, you can use the keyboard shortcut Alt + Prt Sc.
Method 3: Windows logo + Print Screen Screenshot
Press the Windows key + Prt Sc key, the screen will dim slightly, and a screenshot of your entire screen will be saved to the "Pictures > Screenshots" folder.
Method 4: Using Snipping Tool for Screenshots
The Snipping Tool is a very good screenshot tool, you can use it to capture the entire screen, a rectangular part of the screen, or a free-form screenshot.
Method 5: Using Snip & Sketch App for Screenshots
The Snip & Sketch app replaces the Snipping Tool and is one of the drawing tools that Windows users can use.
Method 6: Using Game Bar for Screenshots
The Game Bar allows you to record gameplay, record videos, and take screenshots.
Method 7: Using Third-Party Apps for Screenshots
If the methods provided by Windows can't help you take screenshots well, you can use third-party apps.
The methods for taking screenshots on Windows 11 are similar to those on Windows 10, but there are also some new methods, such as using the Snip & Sketch tool to capture a part of the screen, or using the Snipping Tool for delayed screenshots.
how to open the Snipping Tool and take a screenshot on Windows 10 and Windows 11
Using the Snipping Tool with a Mouse and a Keyboard
- 1. Press the Windows logo key + Shift + S. The desktop will darken while you select an area for your screenshot.
- 2. Rectangular mode is selected by default. You can change the shape of your snip by choosing one of the following options in the toolbar: Rectangular mode, Window mode, Full-screen mode, and Free-form mode.
- 3. The screenshot is automatically copied to your clipboard. A notification also appears once you're finished taking a screenshot, select it for more editing options.
Using the Snipping Tool with Only a Mouse
- 1. To open the Snipping Tool, select Start, enter snipping tool, then select it from the results.
- 2. Select New to take a screenshot.
- 3. Rectangular mode is selected by default. You can change the shape of your snip by choosing one of the following options in the toolbar: Rectangular mode, Window mode, Full-screen mode, and Free-form mode.
- 4. The screenshot is automatically copied to your clipboard. A notification also appears once you're finished taking a screenshot, select it for more editing options.
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