How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

We’ve all gotten used to taking screenshots on our cell phones, and these have proven invaluable in both our private and professional lives. Sometimes a screenshot is worth a thousand words because it sums up everything so nicely. It’s an excellent way to spare yourself some lengthy explanations, and we all know that time is money. You’ve probably sent screenshots lots of times with the purpose of an explanation or evidence, and now it’s time to master how to make a screenshot on Windows 10. As you will see, it’s almost just as easy as with your cell phone, only better – there are lots of interesting options which will prove very useful.

Here are a few options for taking a screenshot (or more of them) in Windows 10. Some are free of charge, while others need to be purchased. It’s up to you to find out which option will suit you best.

#1: Taking Quick Screenshots with Print Screen (PrtScrn)

This is as simple as can be. Take a look at your keyboard. The button you’re looking for is usually located in the top row, between “F12” and “Scroll Lock” keys. It’s labeled as either “PrtScn,” “PrntScrn,” or “Print Scr”. If you have a laptop, try pressing the “Function” key (i.e., the “Fn” key). Even though it can seem like nothing is happening, by doing this, you actually saved the screenshot to the clipboard. Or you can choose to save it elsewhere.

Saving a Screenshot Outside the Clipboard

How to save a screenshot as a file? The first thing to do is to use the combination of “Windows logo key” and “PrtScn”. Tablet users can try pressing the “Windows logo button” and the “volume down button” for the effect. Another option i the “Windows logo key + Ctrl + PrtScn”, or you can go with “Windows logo key + Fn + PrtScn”. It all depends on the device. If in doubt, use the device’s manual, but generally this should work like a charm.

You’ll notice a little change in the screen. The next thing you know, your screenshot is saved in a “Pictures” folder with the logical name – “Screenshots”. The number of the shot is added automatically.

If you don’t want your screen to dim while making a screenshot, just go to the settings for visual effects (they’re in the “System”). Then, click the “Advanced” tab, look at the “Performance” section, and click on “Settings”. There you should turn on the option for animating windows during the minimizing/maximizing process, and no one around you could suspect you’re taking a screenshot on your computer. Privacy guaranteed.

How to Take a Screenshot and Not Save it

Sometimes there’s no need to create new files and occupy extra space with screenshots, especially if you’re taking them on a daily basis. In that case, use the option we have mentioned. Press the “PrtScn” key. This will copy the screenshot to your clipboard. Simply open the preferred program and click “Paste” or “Alt + Fn + PrtScn” (depending on the laptop you have). Bear in mind that the size of the obtained image actually matches your desktop resolution.

How to Take a One-Window Screenshot

You can do this in two easy steps. To take a screenshot of just one window, you start from the title bar. Click on it and use “Alt + PrtScn” to put the screenshot on the clipboard. Once again, we remind you that some devices require pressing “Alt + Fn + PrtScn”. As the last resource, there’s the manual, but we firmly believe this should be as easy as described.

How to Avoid Taking a Screenshot of the Whole Screen

Taking a partial screenshot of your screen is a handy option for when you want to hide what you’ve been browsing or doing. Actually, it’s a perfect solution when you’re sending a screenshot to a colleague/associate and you need him/her to grasp the meaning immediately, without analyzing your whole screen.

After pressing “Windows + Shift + S” the screen becomes “grayed”, and you notice the cursor is different. Just click and drag to select the desired area. This goes to the clipboard, too. For pasting, use “Paste” or press “Ctrl + V”.

However, this isn’t always possible. Windows 10’s Creators Update can make this happen, but the older versions rely on Microsoft’s OneNote application.

#2: Using Snipping Tool for Taking Flexible Screenshots

An oldie but a goldie. Snipping tool is an excellent and reliable option. One of its advantages is that the majority of users are used to it since it has changed little from its very beginning. Snipping tool enables you to make screenshots of the entire screen, or only one part of it (you can have it as an open window, a rectangular area, or without a strictly defined form). The snips can later be added a comment or emailed. Also, depending on your preferences, you can save a snip as a picture, or as an MHTML file.

Nevertheless, nothing is perfect, and neither is Snipping Tool when we talk about Windows 7, 8 and Windows Vista. With these, you have to use “PrtScr” if you wish to capture a pop-up menu or something else that requires moving the mouse. Luckily, Windows 10 has a pretty handy delay option you can use. Go to Snipping Tool application, click “Delay” and choose how many seconds you want to wait before snipping. This way, you only take the screenshot once the screen is completely arranged to take the perfect shot. You can choose the form of your snip when you go to “New” and click on the arrow. It opens four snip types: full-screen, window, rectangular, and free-form.

#3: Game Bar and Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a lovely option for all the gamers. First things first: open the Xbox application. Then, find “Game DVR”, and turn on the “Take screenshots using Game DVR” option to set the shortcut you want. Bear in mind that whatever you take a screenshot of, it ends up in PNG format and you can find it in User’s videos, i.e., captures.

One more important note: if a box appears asking you to confirm it is a game, make sure you click on it. To get a screenshot, press “Windows key + G”, then “Camera icon” or “Win + Alt + PrtScn”. To see what is stored, go to “Xbox” and “Game DVR”. Under the latter, you’ll notice it says “On this PC”. That’s where everything goes.

#4: Using Snagit for Excellent Screenshots

Finally, here’s that option which requires some finances, but don’t be alarmed. If you’re really into taking screenshots on Windows 10 for one reason or the other, maybe you could consider buying Snagit by Techsmiths.

Before you frown with suspicion, let us tell you there’s a completely free trial if you wish to see whether the performances and options are as good as advertised. We must say we agree with the statement. Most probably, it will impress you so much that you’ll wish to buy it right away. What is it that Snagit can do, but you can’t? Lots of things. You can draw whatever you like on your screenshot and annotate it in whichever way you please. Taking short videos is no problem with Snagit, as well as capturing complete web pages. Basically, once you try it, you are hooked. However, purchasing Snagit really pays off if your daily obligations involve taking a number of screenshots. Therefore, it deserves our recommendation.

Whichever option you go for, one thing is for sure. You can tell everybody it’s easy to master how to take a screenshot in Windows 10.


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