how to take a screenshot on windows 10

Taking screenshots is very simple, however, taking good screenshots with accurate and clear markings takes a bit of effort and some right techniques. While we are covering the methods of how to take screenshots in Windows 10, we will also be talking about some tools which may help you take good and accurate screenshots. For instance, in Windows 10/8.1, you can press Win+PrnScr to take a snapshot of your screen and save it into the Screenshots folder of your Pictures library.


Print Screen

Pressing the Print Screen key is the fastest and easiest way to take a screenshot, but it's certainly the least convenient way to do it. Since the screenshot is not saved but only stored in the system clipboard, it must be pasted into a graphics program or word processor after it has been taken.

The system remembers only one shot, so if you don't fix the image immediately then pressing Print Screen again will replace it with a new one. This will not be useful when you need to take a series of images. Alternatively, the system can be extended with applications such as Clipboard Master.

Windows + Print Screen

The next key combination is Windows + Print Screen. The screen should go out for a moment when you use it. The graphics (.png format) are located in the Screenshots folder, where images are saved by default. This folder is created automatically when you use a keystroke combination for the first time.

Press Alt+PrtScr if you want to take a screenshot of any one active window.

Alt + Print Screen

This solution works just like pressing the Print Screen button, but saves only the active window. So if you have multiple folders opened on your desktop, pressing the Alt and Print Screen keys at the same time will allow you to save the image without background clutter.

Windows + Shift + S

Microsoft is phasing out the use of Snipping Tool and replacing it with the Windows Key + Shift + S shortcut. Hitting those three keys will bring up a simple menu, allowing you to choose between rectangular, freeform, window and full-screen snips. The screenshot will be added to the clipboard and a pop-up will appear, prompting you to save it to your hard drive.


Snipping Tool

However, Snipping Tool is still available if you'd like to keep using it. In addition to the functionality above, you can also set a delay to the screenshot for up to 5 seconds. This is perfect if there's a very specific moment that might be difficult to otherwise capture. Available recording formats are .png, .html, .jpeg and .gif.

Windows + Mute button

On Windows 10 mobile devices, screenshots are taken just as they are on smartphones and tablets with other operating systems. Hold down the Windows logo key while pressing the mute button. The same happens if you press the Windows + Print Screen keys on your computer or laptop - the screen fades off for a moment and the created screenshot is saved in the default image folder.

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