In this piece, we’ll go over the steps necessary to capture screenshots on a Windows machine. All Windows versions from 10 to XP are supported by these instructions.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Taking a Screenshot
It’s simple and straightforward to take a screenshot in any version of Windows; just click the PrtScn key on the keyboard.
To take a screenshot of the entire screen, press the PrtScn button once. If you have more than one monitor hooked up, you can take a screenshot of the entire desktop by pressing the print screen button.
You can capture a screenshot of the active window by pressing Alt and PrtScn at the same time. Focus the window by clicking once, and then use these keys to activate it.
In Windows 8 and later, pressing the Windows key in conjunction with the print screen button will capture the entire screen and store it in a subfolder of the Pictures folder named Screenshots (for example, C:Users[user]Pictures).
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Tip: Copying and Saving a Screenshot
To save a screenshot, simply copy and paste it into Microsoft Paint. You don’t even need to go looking for Paint online; it comes pre-installed with Windows, making this task a breeze.
We’ll use Paint as an example, but other possibilities include Microsoft Word, Photoshop, and so on. In every Windows edition, the Run dialogue box is the quickest way to launch Paint.
Simply Use the Windows Key Plus R.
- To launch MS Paint, hit Enter after entering mspaint in the Run box.
- Create a Snapshot on Windows Using the Snipping Tool
- The Windows Snipping Tool is yet another option for capturing screenshots.
- To get the Snipping Tool on Windows 10, simply type “snipping tool” into the search bar at the bottom of the screen.
- To get the Snipping Tool on Windows 8, swipe in from the right side of the screen, tap Search, then enter “snipping tool” in the search box.
- In Windows 7, open the Snipping Tool by clicking the Start button, entering “snipping tool” in the search box, and selecting it from the results.
Install a Screen Capture Utility
Windows is wonderful for taking screenshots, but if you need more advanced features like adjusting the screenshot pixel-by-pixel, adding annotations, and saving to a specific area, there are plenty of free and commercial third-party software available.
PrtScr is a free alternative to the standard Windows print screen utility. Another option is WinSnap, which works well enough but has limited functionality in its free version compared to the paid premium version.