Just like other tasks, taking a screenshot on Windows 10 is very easy and quick. What’s more, you can do it in multifarious ways. In this post, we’ll discuss all of those ways to make things easier for you.
In this post, we’ve included both in-built ways and third-party tools to take screenshots on your Windows 10. All of these are free and easy to access.
Capture a Screenshot on Windows 10
One of the oldest ways is by using the Print Screen (PrtSc) button on the keyboard. When you press this key, the screen will go to your clipboard. This means you can paste it anywhere on the computer now. One of the most popular location (we’ve been using since school) is Microsoft Paint, an image editing tool where you can paste this copied screen. When you save it, the screenshot will be saved as a .png file by default.
Win key + Prt Sc
To do the previous step in a faster way, you can press Windows + Print Screen keys to directly save your snap as a .png file. When you press the keys, the screen will become a bit dim for a moment to take the screenshot. To access the screenshot, head to Pictures > Screenshots to get your hands on the image.
Win + Volume Down
Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s the same way you take a screenshot on your smartphone usually. This is also a great way to do the task on an MS Surface tablet. Simply, long press the Win logo key and click the physical volume down button. When you press the keys, the screen will become a bit dim for a moment to take the screenshot. To access this screenshot, go to Pictures > Screenshots.
An easy way to capture a screenshot on Windows 10 while playing a game is by pressing Win + G keys. It will bring the Game bar for you where you can click the screenshot button. If you want to capture the full screen, press Win + Alt + PrtSc keys.
It’s an old tool, existing even on Windows Vista. Although the company has announced many times that the app will go away but we can still see it on our computers. You can access Snipping Tool by typing its name in the search bar.
Once the tool opens, click the New button to select a particular area and take its screenshot in rectangular form. You can also choose to take the screenshot of your existing full screen, particular window, or the free-form with your hands movements.
When you take the snapshot, a new Snipping Tool window will open showing you the result. Save it on your desired location.
- Snip & Sketch
A way more advanced way than the old Snipping Tool is the Snip & Sketch tool. Simply, press the Win + Shift + S keys. Alternatively, you can also go to the Start button to find the tool in the alphabetically-arranged apps. Besides, it is named Screen snip in the notification panel.
When you access the tool in any of the above-mentioned ways, your screen will get dimmed for a moment. In the meantime, you will see a dialog box with the snapshot options. Choose any of the these to take your screenshot: rectangle (the default option), window, full screen, free form. When you choose any of these, your screen will be saved to the clipboard and you will see a notification in the bottom-right of the screen. Click it to access your captured screen which you can annotate, share or save.
- Snagit Tool (A third-party application)
You can also use a third-party app to capture your screenshot and edit it in a more advanced way. Once you launch the software, a dialog box will appear (You can also set it to appear with the PrtSc key by using the tool’s settings from this dialog box). Click the huge red-colored capture button with a camera icon on it to see a capture icon on your existing screen. If you click right away, it will take a snapshot of the entire screen. If you want to capture a particular area, you can do that by dragging the icon to select the area. Once done, the Snagit editor will open where you can edit the captured image with a variety of options; including text, shapes, shadows, and also resizing it, etc. Save the image on your desired location to finalize it.
All these tools and ways to capture a screenshot on Windows 10 are easy to access and use. Do tell us which one is your favorite. Do you use any other tool? If yes, mention it in the comment box to let us know.