There are good reasons why you might want to take a screenshot in Windows 10. A screenshot can be useful for quickly showing someone what’s on your desktop, or taking a quick snapshot of a video you need to share. Windows 10’s built-in on-screen controls are easy to use, but they’s not exactly obvious.
Here are three built-in Windows on-screen shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We will also suggest some third-party applications for those who need a more powerful screenshot tool.
The old screenshot standard still exists in Windows 10. Press PrtScn (or Prt Scr) key on the keyboard and the entire screen (or screens in a multi-monitor setting) are copied to the clipboard. From there, you can paste it into Paint, GIMP, IrfanView, Photoshop or any other photo software that lets you paste it into an image. If PrtScn does not work on your laptop, it is possible that you do not have access to it without pressing a U.N or Work key. Many portable carriers have begun to combine key features to save space. In the portable example below, for example, PrtScn key is combined with a wrench and a U.N the key must be pressed to access the secondary function.
PrtScn + Windows key
An upgraded version of PrtScn available because Windows 8 is Windows key + PrtScn. Touch the two keys at the same time and the screen (or screens) “flashes” for a second, as if a camera lock was opened and closed. Open File Explorer, navigate to Pictures> Screenshots, and your screenshot is there waiting for you. And yes, if your laptop has a combination key, you may need to press Windows key + Fn + PrtScn
Print only the current window
If all you need is a screenshot of the current program you are using – e.g. Chrome, Word, Excel or PowerPoint – tap Alt + PrtScn. It will copy an image of the window that is currently in focus to the system clipboard. Just like using PrtScn shortcut, you can then paste the image into the photo editor or other image-friendly application (like the Gmail app).
Use the Windows Snipping Tool
Windows 8 has a built-in snap tool that lets you capture a custom piece of screen, then select, save, and share that image.
Click the button to get started Start button, type clipsand then click Snipping Tool. Then click on New drop-down menu and select the desired shape on your “snip.”
You know the program is ready to snap when your screen dims – don’t be fooled. If you are not ready to mow yet, just click Cancel until you are.
Snap means that you click and drag a box (described in red) around the area of the screen you want to save. The moment you release the mouse button, the captured area appears in the Snipping Tool window.
From there, you can save the snippet (in your choice of GIF, JPEG, PNG or HTML format), copy it to the clipboard, email it or add some basic notations with a pen and marker.
Windows 10 Snip & Sketch
With Windows 10, Microsoft has made the Snip & Sketch tool available via a keystroke. Just drag up the Tweet, forum or website you want to preserve evidence of and tap Windows + Shift + S. This will darken the screen and pull up the Snip & Sketch interface, which allows you to choose between a rectangular snip, a freeform snip, a snip of the currently selected window or a full screen ship.
Once you have selected what you want, Snip & Sketch will copy it to the Clipboard in the application and get a message. If you click on the message, you will go directly to Snip & Sketch. From there, you can select, draw, or move the screenshot as you like and save it in the format you choose.
Fantastic little tool. Give it a try!