You can take screenshots on almost any platform and Windows is no different. While it has a built-in option working superb for basic tasks, many third-party tools provide you with more ease of use and features. Here, we’ll make you familiar with 10 different ways to take faster screenshots in Windows 10. Let’s take the plunge.
Take Faster Screenshots in Windows 10
Snipping Tool, Windows’ built-in screenshot tool, has been around since the inception of Windows Vista. To take a screenshot in Windows 10, navigate to Start > All Programs > Windows Accessories > Snipping Tool.
Open the Snipping Tool and click on the New button to get started with the screenshot process. A rectangular snip is the default snip type. However, you can choose from the free-form, window, and full-screen snip options as per your preference. Use your computer’s mouse to crop a rectangular part of your screen to capture.
Snipping Tool doesn’t automatically save your screenshots so you’ll need to manually save them in the tool before you exit.
Want to capture your computer’s entire screen? Use the PrtScn button to take screenshots in Windows 10. The screenshot you’ve captured will not be saved, but it will be copied to the clipboard. You’ll require to open an image editing tool like Microsoft Paint, paste the screenshot, and save the file from there.
Alt + Print Screen Hotkey
If you want to take a quick screenshot of the active window, use the Alt + PrtScn keyboard shortcut. Doing so will snap your currently active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. Simply open the captured shot in an image editor to save it.
Use Windows Key + Print Screen Keyboard Shortcut
Pressing the Windows key together with the Print Screen key will capture your entire screen as well as automatically save the screenshot. Your computer screen will temporarily go dim indicating that you’ve taken a screenshot. All your captured shots will be automatically saved in the Screenshots folder inside of your Pictures.
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Windows Logo + Volume Down
In case you’re making use of a Windows Surface device, you can use the physical buttons to take screenshots of the entire screen in a way similar to how you would capture screenshots on any other smartphone or tablet. All you need to do is simply hold down the Windows Logo touch button at the bottom of the Surface screen and press the volume-down button on the side of the tablet. The screen will dim momentarily and the screenshot will automatically be stored to the Pictures > Snapshots folder.
Windows Key + H
Want to capture your entire screen for sharing purposes? Use the Windows Key + H key combination – one of the best ways to take snapshots in Microsoft Windows 10. After capturing your entire screen, Windows Share toolbar will open so you can immediately share your screenshot with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, OneNote, email, etc.
Snip Editor a.k.a. Microsoft Snip allows you to quickly take screenshots of the entire screen, a manually-cropped rectangle, or an active window. You can also set up the PrtScn button as a shortcut to Snip Editor’s screenshot tool.
Besides, the tool comes with different ways to annotate screenshots, including a free-hand pen option and voice recording. It enables you to delay screenshots by up to 5 seconds, so you can grab images of disappearing menus and toolbars.
Windows Key + Shift + S
If you want to take a screenshot of a part of your screen, press the Window Key + Shift + S hotkey. Once done, the screen will appear grayed out and your mouse cursor will change. Now, select the part of your screen you want to capture by clicking and dragging on your screen. Your selected screen region will be copied to the clipboard. You’ll need to paste it into an image editor and save it from there.
This keyboard shortcut will only work in Windows 10 Creators Update. On older Windows’ versions, this hotkey is a part of Microsoft’s OneNote application.
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Use Keyboard Shortcuts with Game Bar
Windows 10 ships with game DVR capabilities to take screenshots of games and record gameplay video. The Game Bar captures shots in the PNG format and saves them in “C:\Users\[your username]\Videos\Captures”. Before taking screenshots in Windows 10 while playing a game, launch the Xbox app and go to the Settings menu. Under the Game DVR section, toggle the Take Screenshots using Game DVR button and assign whatever keyboard shortcuts you want.
Whenever you want to take screenshots in Windows 10, use that keyboard shortcut (“Windows Key + G” by default). A pop-up will prompt. Just click on the ‘Yes, this is game’ box. Now, press the Camera icon or Win + Alt + PrtScn hotkey. Once done, you’ll receive a notification telling you ‘Screenshot saved’. You’ll see your screen capture in Xbox > Game DVR > On this PC by clicking on the notification.
All of the built-in screenshot methods in Windows have their own pros and cons. However, if you take a lot of screenshots and want more flexibility than the built-in tools offer, a third-party program will surely be your best bet.
Snagit is a top-notch tool that makes taking screenshots in Windows 10 easier than ever before. It has a wide range of features to help you target specific windows, take region snapshots, and even capture full text of scrolling windows like web pages. Moreover, you can edit your screenshots if needed.