How to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 computer

Windows 10 makes it easy to capture and save anything on your screen. You can quickly take screenshots of your entire screen, part of your screen, or a specific window, using keyboard shortcuts or the built-in snipping tool. Here are the different ways to take a screen shot on a Windows 10 PC and how to save your image to your computer.

How to take a screenshot on Windows using keyboard shortcuts

To take a screenshot of your full screen, you press Print screen (Or PrtSc) Button on your keyboard. To automatically save your screenshot in the Images folder on your computer, click Windows + print screen Buttons at the same time.

  • Press Print screen Key to copy your full screen image. This button (also labeled “PrtSc” or “Print Scr” on some keyboards) is located on the top row on most keyboards. More specifically, it is usually located after the “F12” key.
    Print screen1

    This method will only save a copy of your movie to the clipboard. If you want to save your screenshot, open an application like Word or Paint and paste the image using the Ctrl + V keys.


    You can then save the image by clicking File Then Save From the drop-down menu of the application. Choose a name, location and format for your image. Finally, click Save When you are done.

    Note: These shortcuts may vary depending on which version of Windows you are using and what type of keyboard you have. For example, if you use a laptop, your PrtScn key might do more than just take screen shots. To take a screenshot on a laptop, you must also press the “Function” key (commonly labeled Fn).

  • Press Windows + print screen Keys to save your full screen image. You know you took the screenshot when you saw your screen flash.
    Window print screen

    This method will automatically copy the image of your full screen to the clipboard and save your screenshot to your computer. You can find your saved image by opening File Explorer and going to it ThisPC> Images. You can also find this folder under the file path: C: \ Users \ UUR USER NAME \ OneDrive \ Pictures.

    Images folder
  • Press the Alt + PrtScn keys to copy the screenshot of your current window.
    Alt print screen

    This method will only save a copy of the current window you are using to the clipboard. For example, if you are browsing the web while typing something in MS Word, you can click on your web browser and take a screenshot of that window (and not Word). If you want to save your screenshot, you need to open an application like Paint and paste it there using the image Ctrl + V Keys.

  • Press Windows + Shift + S to copy the screenshot of the specified area. If you press these keys at the same time, you will notice that your screen darkens and your mouse pointer shifts diagonally.

    To take a screen shot this way, use your mouse to click and drag a box around the area of ​​the screen you want to capture. Once you’ve got the image you want inside the box, release the mouse button to save the image to your clipboard.

    Window Shift S

    Again, you need to open the Paint-like application and paste the image using the Ctrl + V keys. You can save the image by clicking “File” and “Save” from the drop-down menu.

    Note: This method only works if your computer is running Windows 10.

How to take a screenshot using the snipping tool

If you do not like the use of keyboard shortcuts, you can try using the Sniping Tool app that comes with your computer. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu and select the Snipping Tools app. You can find the sniping tool in your Applications menu Windows Parts Or by typing Sniping tool Start menu search box.
    Sniping tool
  2. Click “Mode” to choose how to capture your screen shot.
    • The rectangular snip will allow you to draw a box around the image you want to capture.
    • Free-form snip allows you to capture any part of the screen you draw.
    • Window Snip captures any window you choose.
    • Fullscreen snip captures the entire screen.
  3. Click “New” to take a screenshot.
  4. Click “Save Snip” to save your image wherever you choose.

Take a look at ours The final guide to Windows keyboard shortcuts See all the other awesome things you can do with your keyboard.

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