A screenshot is a digital image of whatever content is shown on computer display at that moment. It is also known as screen capture or screen grab. When you find something important on your computer or mobile screen, you can save that as a screenshot.
Windows 10 offers a range of solutions to take a screenshot on PC and use it for different purposes. You may require to take a screenshot of the entire screen on Windows or just a particular section.
We are going to provide some of the best methods to take screenshot on Windows 10. You can use any of the methods and save a copy of the computer screen.
You can take screenshots using Windows built-in tools or third-party apps. Windows screenshot tool has some limitations hence some of the users prefer to opt for advanced tools for professional use like how to do guide, blog post, news, reference, or capturing a particular moment from the screen.
Once you go through this guide, you will be able to choose the best method for taking screenshots on Windows.
Method 1: Take a Screenshot on PC using Print Screen Key (Prt Sc / Print Scr / PrntScrn / PrtScn)
Capture a Screenshot Without Saving a File Automatically:
You must have noticed the Print Screen key on your Windows 10 PC that is located on the top row of your keyboard. You can find Print Scr among or near the Function keys (F1 to F12).
To take screenshots on Windows 10, follow the below-given guide:
- Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. If it is located among the Function keys, you will have to hold Fn key and they hit Print Scr key.
- Now open MS Paint application (image editing tool) and paste the screenshot using the CTRL+V key.
You can edit your snapshot (if required) and save it.
Capture a Screenshot on Windows and Save a File Automatically:
If you don’t want to save screenshots rather than editing them before saving, this is the fastest method to take lots of screenshots on Windows 10. Here’s the guide:
- Press Windows key + PrtScn to click the screenshot of the current screen.
- You can find saved screenshots in Windows 10 by navigating the path: C:\Users\User_Name\Pictures\Screenshots
For example, if I use this method to take screenshots on PC, I would get the files from: C:\Users\Kiran Grover\Pictures\Screenshots
Method 2: Take a Screenshot on PC using Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool is the Windows’ built-in tool that is a good option for taking snapshots easily. You can also make some basic editing using this screenshot tool.
- Open the Start menu, type Snipping Tool, and press enter key.
- When application opens, make settings as per your preference.
- Mode: Free-form snip, rectangular snip, window snip, and full-screen snip are the 4 options available. Choose the option depending on the shape of the screenshot required to click.
- Delay Time: Select the delay time for the screenshot capture on PC.
- Options: If required, you can also make changes in the options section.
- To take a screenshot, click on New and drag your mouse pointer on the screen to select the area to capture.
- When you complete your selection, the screenshot will automatically open in Snipping Tool’s window. Make changes (if required) and save the snapshot.
Method 3: Take a Quick Screenshot on PC using Alt + Print Screen
- Another method to take a snapshot of the current window is using keyboard shortcut Alt + Prt Sc.
- This will copy a digital image of your content to the clipboard. Now open MS Paint and paste the screenshot.
- Now save your file.
Method 4: Take Screenshots on PC using Snip & Sketch
- Open start menu, type Snip & Sketch and hit enter key to launch the app.
- Click New and choose the preferred option. Drag the mouse pointer to select the area for snipping.
- Now make editing if required and save the file.
- You can also press Windows logo key + Shift + S to launch Snip & Sketch small window.
- Your screen will get dimmed and you’ll notice 4 options for snipping: rectangular snip, freeform snip, window snip, and full-screen snip.
- You can select the desired option and start snipping.
Method 5: Take a Screenshot on PC using Game bar
The Game bar allows you to capture your PC screen using a simple guide. Although you are not playing a game, you can use this method to take snapshots on PC. Here’s how you can use this method:
- Hit the Windows + G key to launch the Game bar.
- Click on the screenshot button appearing on the left corner of the Game bar window.
- The screenshots will be saved automatically. You can access all the captures by hitting “show all captures” links.
Method 6: Take a Quick Screenshot on Tablet using Windows + Volume Down
If you are using a tablet or Microsoft Surface device, you can capture a screen of the entire screen by following this guide:
- Hold down the Windows logo touch button appearing at the bottom of the Surface screen and press the physical volume down button.
- The screenshot of the screen will be saved automatically. You can get the files by navigating this path: C:\Users\User_Name\Pictures\Screenshots
Method 7: Take a Screenshot on PC using Snagit
If you want to take screenshots for professional usage, TechSmith Snagit is recommended screenshot software. This tool offers a wide range of editing tools that make your snapshots perfect for different purposes. To use Snagit follow these instructions:
- Download Snagit software and install it.
- You can get a trial of Snagit and decide whether it meets your requirements or not. If you like it, go for purchasing Snagit License.
- Now launch the Snagit app and make general settings like Preview in Editor, Copy to Clipboard, Capture Cursor, and 5 Second Delay. All these options are toggle, you can turn on or off as per your preference.
- Click on the Capture button, select the area by dragging the mouse pointer and hit the Camera icon (capture an image). You can also use a panoramic capture feature if you want to take a long screenshot (scrolling window).
- After capturing, your screenshot will be opened in the Editor. Make changes if necessary and save it.
This is how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 using different tools. Choose your favorite one and capture screenshots for blogs, websites, sharing with others, and personal use.