How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10
How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10

Create an Image of Your Current Screen

Taking screenshots is a convenient way to quickly capture information, create images and send visual messages. As a result, a lot of people want to know how to create them.  First, what is a screenshot, and what can you use it for?

A screenshot is an image of whatever is currently on your screen.  It can be your entire screen or just a section of the whole screen.  This can be a convenient way to capture information, put attachments in emails and make asset for creative projects.

There are many different ways to take a screenshot in Windows 10, all of which are simply laid out below:

Using Print Screen

Taking a Screenshot Using the Clipboard

Positioned up between the F12 and the Scroll Lock keys on a standard keyboard is the Print Screen key.  The key may have its entire name on it or it may use some abbreviation, such as ‘PrtScn’.  Either way, to take a screenshot using the Print Screen key, simply press the key on your keyboard.  This will copy your screenshot to your clipboard.

Next, open any application you wish to use to view or edit your screenshot.  Select Edit > Paste to paste our screenshot where you like.

Using Print Screen to Take a Screenshot and Save as a file

Screenshot saved in Screenshots folder in Windows Explorer
Image of a Windows 10 Files Explorer

To save your screenshot as a file, press Windows Key + Print Screen.  This will save your screenshot to C:\users\user\pictures\screenshots and will be named numerically.

Taking a Screenshot of Only One Window

To take a screenshot of a single window, click the title bar on top of the window to select it.  Next, press Alt + Print Screen to take the screenshot.  Finally, Paste the screenshot into an image editor in the same manner described above.



Using the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool was introduced to us all the way back in Windows Vista.  It has a singular purpose, that is to take screenshot.  It does its job so well that there has never been a need to update it or add features.

The Snipping Tool allows you to take screenshots or snips of any part of your screen.  Once you have taken the image you can annotate, share and save the images.

Snipping Tool snip type options
Snipping Tool Snip Types

There are four types of snips the Snipping Tool can make: free form, rectangular, window and full screen.  Free form allows you to draw a shape and snip that shape as a screenshot, rectangular enables you to drag a rectangle shape around an object, window snip takes a shot of an entire window and fullscreen captures the entire viewable area.

Whatever kind of snip you choose to make, it will be transferred to the Markup Window.  From there you can save, share and annotate your image.

Taking a Screenshot With the Snipping Tool

  1. Use Cortana or Windows Search to search for Snipping Tool
  2. Click Snipping Tool in the search results
  3. After the Snipping Tool opens, click the Mode drop down menu to select your snip type
  4. Click New
  5. Select the area of the screen you’d like to snip
  6. You can now edit, share or annotate your screenshot from the Markup Board.
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