Taking a screenshot in windows 10 is not very different then taking a screenshot in other version of windows like Windows 7 or Windows 8. But Windows 10 have given us more flexibility to do things.
Most of the functionality and accessibility is pre-built in Windows 10. You don’t need any extra software or tool to do tasks.
Now to the topic, There are several ways you can take screenshots in Windows 10. Most of them are two to three step processes. Here are the best possible ways one can use to take screenshot in Windows.
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- Here is what you are going to learn in this article
- 1. CTRL + PrtScr [Take Screenshot of full window]
- 2. Windows + PrtScr [Take screenshot of whole screen]
- 3. Alt + PrtScr [Take screenshot of active windows]
- 4. Microsoft Surface Pro [Slightly Different method]
- 5. Windows + Shift + S [Take screenshot of selective screen]
- 6. Snipping Tool [Official tool for capturing screenshots]
- 8. Share charm [Take screenshots in Windows 8.1]
- 9. Windows + Alt + PrtScr [Screenshot feature for Gamers]
Here is what you are going to learn in this article
- How you can take screenshot using Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10
- How to take screenshots Using Freeware tools in Windows
- How to take a screenshot using Windows Built-in tools
- Take screenshot using New Windows 10 Features
1. CTRL + PrtScr [Take Screenshot of full window]
First one in the list is “PrtScr + Ctrl” (keyboard shortcut) to take screenshot
This method is also the best known for taking screenshot of full window/screen. It works almost in all versions of Windows. I am sure you may have been aware of this technique but could not get it to work(due to complicated use of keyboard shortcuts).
- Press the PrtScr (Print Screen) key or CTRL+PrtScr keys.
- Windows creates a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it to the clipboard. It is not stored as a file on your hard drive.
- Open an image editing program like Paint and paste the picture from the clipboard. Then, you can save it as a file and even do some basic editing.
2. Windows + PrtScr [Take screenshot of whole screen]
If you want to take a screenshot of the whole screen and save it as a file on the hard drive, without using any other tools, then press Windows + PrtScr on your keyboard. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. The file is named “Screenshot(number).png,” where the number will vary based on how many screenshots you have taken.
This is an effective and fast way of taking a screenshot. When you don’t have to wait for any other tool to process the screenshot and want a shot of full screen then this is your best bet. This method of taking screenshots is the one that i personally recommend for the users.
In Windows 10, you can also find your screenshots if you use the Photos app, by going to “Folders -> Pictures -> Screenshots.”
3. Alt + PrtScr [Take screenshot of active windows]
In Windows, you can also take screenshots of the active window. Open the window that you want to capture and press Alt + PrtScr on your keyboard. The screenshot is saved to the clipboard. Open Paint or any other photo editing software and paste the image so that you can edit it and save it to your Windows computer or device.
This method is just like the first one PrtScr + Ctrl which saves the screenshot in clipboard and you need an external application to process the image for further use. These two methods take time and effort for an screenshot
If you have a device with a Fn key, then the PrtScr key will do other things too.
Use one of the following keyboard shortcuts:
- Fn + PrtScr – makes a screenshot of the whole screen and copies it to the clipboard. It is the equivalent of pressing the standard PrtScr key.
- Fn + Windows + PrtScr – takes a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it as a file on the hard drive, without using any other tools. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. It is the same as pressing Windows + PrtScr on a standard keyboard.
- Fn + Alt + PrtScr – takes a screenshot of the active window. It is the equivalent of pressing Alt + PrtScr on a standard keyboard.
On some keyboards, the PrtScr button might not perform two or more actions. However, it won’t work until you press Fn lock key. On such keyboards, the Fn key works as a lock for the function and multimedia keys on the top, including the Print Screen key.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro [Slightly Different method]
If you have a Surface or Surface Pro tablet from Microsoft with Windows 10, you need to use completely different keyboard shortcuts, because there is no PrtScr key on the Type Cover.
Instead, Microsoft offers the following Surface-device specific shortcuts for Windows 10:
- Fn + Spacebar – saves an image of your current screen to the clipboard, so that you can paste it into any application. It is the equivalent of pressing the standard PrtScr key.
- Fn + Alt + Spacebar – saves a screenshot of the active window, to the clipboard, so that you can paste it into any application. It is the equivalent of pressing the Alt + PrtScr keyboard shortcut.
Now this method works only in Windows 10 as i described earlier that Windows 10 is far superior then earlier version of windows based on functionality and accessibility
5. Windows + Shift + S [Take screenshot of selective screen]
If you use Windows 10, press Windows + Shift + S to capture a region of your screen and copy it to your clipboard. After you press Windows + Shift + S, the screen is dimmed, and a cursor is shown, that you can use to draw on the screen the region that you want to capture in a screenshot. Draw the area that you want to capture and release the mouse cursor.
The screenshot is saved to the clipboard. Open Paint or any other photo editing app and paste the screenshot so that you can edit it and save it.
6. Snipping Tool [Official tool for capturing screenshots]
The Snipping Tool is a great desktop app for taking screenshots. It can create all kinds of
screenshots, and you can also use it to do some light editing. Search for the
words “snipping tool” in the Start Menusearch box (if you use Windows 10 or Windows 7) or on the Start screen (if you use Windows 8.1) and click or tap on the appropriate search result.
7. Take screenshots on a Surface pro tablet using sniping tool
If you have a Windows tablet, like a Microsoft Surface or an ASUS Vivotab or a Dell Venue, then you won’t have a keyboard with a PrtScr key available. Yes, you can use the Snipping Tool, but that’s not great on a device with touch. The best solution is to use the hardware buttons available on your tablet. On most (if not all) Windows tablets, you can take full-screen screenshots by pressing the Windows logo and the Volume Down key at the same time.
You will see the screen getting darker when you do this. This signals that a screenshot was made. You will find the screenshot in your Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder.
Windows 8.1 has improved the Charms concept from Windows 8, and they can also be used to take and share screenshots.
9. Windows + Alt + PrtScr [Screenshot feature for Gamers]
In Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has introduced new features for gamers, including a new Game Bar that can be used when playing games of all kinds.
One of the things you can do with this Game Bar is take screenshots of the active game window. While playing a game, press the keys Windows + Alt + PrtScr, and a screenshot is automatically created and stored on your Windows 10 computer or device.
The screenshot is saved in your Videos library, in the Captures folder. Its filename will include the name of the game that you are playing and the date and time when the screenshot was made.