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How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

Every device provides simple ways for the users to take a screenshot. One might think how much difference does it make whether a platform hones this seemingly trivial feature. However, taking a screenshot may not be as trivial a feature as one might believe. Here we discussed how to Take Screenshots in Windows 10. Otherwise, Android phones wouldn’t have come up with built-in three-finger gestures or slide/swipe features to make capturing screens easier. 

When it comes to the convenience of taking a screenshot, Windows 10 is catching up with the handsets. It allows multiple ways for its users to capture their screen via screenshot. There are built-in applications and shortcuts that will let you take a screenshot of your Windows 10 screen whenever and in no time. 

Take Screenshots in Windows 10

In this article, you will find out some interesting ways to how to screenshot on PC Windows 10. However, before getting into the methods of taking a screenshot, you should first enable multiple clipboards. This feature will provide the access to these screenshots when they are saved on the clipboard in multiple numbers. 

To enable multiple clipboards on your Windows 10 computer, 

  • Type “Clipboard” on the Windows search bar on Taskbar
  • From the options provided “Save multiple clipboard items”
  • Toggle on the button in “Clipboard History” section

You can also sync the clipboard with other devices to effortlessly transfer these screenshots from the computer.

Once you have enabled multiple clipboard feature, read on the article to learn methods of taking a screenshot on Windows 10. 

Method 1 – Take a Screenshot using Print Screen Button

Wondering how to print screen on windows 10? This is the most widely known method for capturing the screen on Windows computer. Therefore, starting the list with this one seemed apt. 

With the Print Screen (Prt Sc) button on the keyboard you will be able to,

  • Take a screenshot 
  • Save the screenshot to files
  • Take a screenshot without having to save it in filesss in windows

All you need to do is locate the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Depending on whether you are using a PC, laptop, or a Windows notebook, the button maybe labeled as PrtScn, Prt Sc, PrntScrn, Print Scr, or anything similar to these.

  • Press the button alone to copy the screen to clipboard. You can now paste the image on an image editor or paint app to make changes to it.
  • Press Windows + Print Screen button to save the screenshot in the “Screenshot” folder located in “Pictures. The screen will dim as if a camera flash went on. It will confirm that the screenshot has been saved. 

Note: Some laptops may need you to press the Alt + Fn + Print Screen button. Check what works for you. 

The method is useful when it is just one screen that is open. But what if multiple screens are open on the Windows? We have a solution for that as well. Follow our method 1.1.

Method 1.1 – Use Print Screen Button on Spilt Screen

When more than one screen is opened on your computer’s window, then tab on the screen of which you want to shot. Once done, press Alt + Print Screen button. The screen of your currently tabbed screen will be copied to the clipboard. 

Again, for some laptop users, the keys Alt + Fn + Print Screen may work. The best way to make sure is by checking your device’s manual. 

Using Print Screen button to take a screenshot is pretty easy and handy. However, if you wish to find a method is more advanced and has features like cropping, then move on to our next method. 

Read more: How to Print Screen on A Mac? {Best Methods}

Method 2 – Take a Windows 10 Screenshot with Snipping Tool

It’s time to learn how to snip on Windows. Snipping Tool is a built-in app that comes with all Windows 10 devices. It is quick and simple to use. All you need to do is, 

Go to the Windows search bar

  • Type “Snipping Tool”
  • Click on the “Scissor” icon 
  • Select “New” option on top menu bar
  • Take a screenshotsnipping tool

While, the app is available now, it will be soon moving and merging with the Snip & Sketch application. Snip & Sketch is still available alongside Snipping Tool. If you wish to start using it right away, our method 3 will explain how to. 

Method 3 – Advanced Keyboard Shortcut with Snip & Sketch

If you want to take a screenshot and crop it to emphasis on just an important part of the screen, then use the following shortcut:

Windows key + Shift key + S

This sure can feel a handful using three fingers at once on a keyboard. However, once you get the grasp of it, the method is all you will use to take screenshots. It is handy and does not require any tools. 

When you will press the three keys, in the same order, a film will cover the entire screen. On the top-center there will appear a rectangular dialog box with four options:

  • Rectangular snip
  • Freeform snip
  • Window snip
  • Fullscreen snip

You can choose the most relevant of these options, depending on which parts of the screen you want to capture in the image.

The cursor will change to the plus sign, just like in paint when you wanted to select a part of an image. With that cursor you can outline the area you want to screenshot. A pop-up message will show up on the bottom-corner to notify that the screenshot has been saved on the clipboard. If you wish to save it as an image in files, add notes, or draw on the screenshot, you can click on the pop-up. 

While, these three methods should solve your screenshot query, learning an extra method is harmless. This one is for those who find like to play games on their computer and would want to take screenshots of their best moments as a gamer. 

Method 4 – Take Screenshot with Game Bar 

Game Bar is for those who use their computers for playing games and would love to take screenshots of their score and share it with friends. Windows 10 comes with built-in abilities to capture game screens and record its footage. The screenshots taken with the help of Game Bar are saved in the PNG image format. However, they saved in the C drive > users > your name > videos > capture. To enable Game Bar screenshots,

  • Launch Xbox app
  • Go to its “Settings”
  • Slide to “Game DVR” section
  • Toggle on the screenshot permission

The shortcut is by default Windows Key + G. But, if you want another, custom keyboard shortcut, you can do that too. Whenever you want to capture the gaming screen, just press the shortcut, click “Yes” to confirm it is a game, and the Game Bar will take and save the screenshot. 

The final method will help you know how to take a screenshot on a Surface.

Method 5 – Take a Screenshot on Microsoft Surface 

Taking a screenshot on Microsoft Surface is quite similar to take on a phone. Only instead of pressing the volume down button and power button, you press:

Windows Key + Volume Down Button

Once you press both, the screenshot will be saved automatically to the namesake folder in Pictures. You’ve now learnt how to take a screenshot on a Microsoft Surface.

Conclusion to How to Do a Screenshot on Windows 10:

We all understand the importance of taking a screenshot. It is easy, fast, and comes in handy whether you are a student looking for references or a gamer wanting to share your new scores with friends. This article enlists 5 ways in which you can capture the screen on a Windows 10 device. Whether your query was about how to take a screenshot on Windows laptop, computer, notebook, or Surface, it should be resolved by now. 

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