Taking screenshots is one of the best ways to capture & store the data. However, if you have upgraded to the latest operating system of Microsoft and don’t have any idea to capture your screen, then this post is for you!
Not only you! I came across several users who struggle to catch their computer screen of the Windows 10 version. Here are seven shortcuts you can use to take a screenshot in Windows 10.
7 Methods To Capture The Screen In Windows 10
1. Use Snip & Snitch tool
The Snip & Sketch tool is a new feature added to Windows 10 to make it easier for users to take screenshots effortlessly.
To use the Snip & Sketch tool, do these:
- Open the Snip & Sketch window.
- Check the upper-left part of the window for the “New” button.
- Click the button.
- When you do, the Snip & Sketch window will disappear and be replaced with a tiny menu that allows you to choose your favorite shooting option. The available options are free-form, rectangular, or full-screen. Immediately you take a screenshot, it will be automatically loaded to the Snip & Sketch where you can put the final finishing with a pen, pencil, and other built-in tools.
2. Use the Alt+ PrtScr keys
Alt + PrtScr – These two keys can also be used to take a screenshot in Windows 10. With this simple trick, you will take a good screenshot in a short time:
Press both keys together at once. On some devices, you may be required to press the Alt + Fn + PrtScr keys together rather than the Alt + PrtScr only.
- Go to the start bar and click the “Start” menu.
- Click “Paint” to launch the image editor.
- With Ctrl + V, paste the screenshot on the image editor.
- Crop the image to the desired shape.
- Alternatively, right-click the image and select the “Crop” option.
- Save the file when you are through with it.
3. Windows + PrintScreen
The combination of these two keys will also enable you to take a screenshot without delay. With the keys, you won’t only capture a portion of the screen but the entire screen.
To take advantage of this feature, do this:
- Press the Windows and PrtScr keys simultaneously.
- This will automatically capture the entire screen and save it in the Captures folder.
4. Use the Print Screen button
The Print Screen key is also a perfect tool if you wish to capture the entire screen. Commonly labeled as PrtScn, you can find this button between the Scroll Lock and F12 keys.
If you are using a laptop, you can access this tool with the “Fn” or “Function” key. This is how to take a screenshot in Windows 10 with this tool:
- Tap the PrtScn button on your keyboard and take the screenshot. Your screen will dim momentarily after hitting the button.
- Note that the shot will not be saved but will only be copied by the OS to the clipboard.
- To have access to the screenshot, open Microsoft Paint or any other image editing tool of your choice.
- Use Ctrl + V buttons to paste the screenshot
- Save the image with the Ctrl + S button.
- If you wish to edit the image before saving it, you can do that with the image editor.
5. Use the Snipping tool
What if you don’t need the entire screen but a portion of the screen? Well, that’s where the Snipping comes handy.
If you follow the steps below, you will take screenshot in Windows 10 in a couple of minutes:
- Click on the “Start” menu
- Click “All Programs”
- Click “Accessories” and click the “Sniping Tool” icon.
- Click the icon to launch the tool. Your mouse icon will turn to a big cross.
- You can also use the search bar to search for the tool.
- Click the “New” tab to launch the tool and start the process.
You can use the arrow beside “New” to select how you want to take the screenshot in Windows 10. Choose from “Rectangular Snip,” “Free-form Snip,” “Full-screen Snip,” and “Window Snip.”
- Click where you want to start taking the screenshot.
- Without releasing your hand, trace the area to be the screenshot.
- Release your hand when you are through.
- You can save the screenshot if you want.
Note that you can take advantage of the Sniping Tool features to give your image the necessary editing.
6. Windows + Shift + S
In addition to the Snipping Tool, another way that you can screenshot a portion of your screen is by using the combination of these three keys: Windows + Shift + S.
- When you click these three keys simultaneously, your mouse icon will change while your screen will appear gray.
- Click the place where you want to start from and drag until you have selected wherever you want to screenshot.
- After taking the shot, paste it wherever you want with the Ctrl + V command. Alternatively, click the “Edit” menu and select “Paste.”
This will paste the screenshot and enable you to edit the image or use it for any purpose you want
7. Use Windows + Mute buttons
This technique is exclusively reserved for mobile device users only. If you are using Windows 10 on your mobile devices such as the tablet or an iPhone, do this to take a screenshot from the device:
- While you press the mute button, hold the Windows logo key down.
- When you do this, the screen will go blank temporarily.
- The screenshot will be taken during the momentary blanking.
- Check the default image folder for the screenshot image
As a Windows 10 user, either on a personal computer or a mobile device, taking a screenshot whenever you want is quite easy with the screen shooting techniques discussed in this piece of content.
I hope you have learned how to take the screenshot on Windows 10 for both PC and small screen gadgets. All these screen capturing techniques are simple and just takes less than a minute to get the job done.
So, which method would you like to use for catching the PC screen? Leave your views in the comment section.