You can snap a screenshot of your full display or just a portion of it. There are many built-in tools in Windows 10 for quickly taking screenshots, and we can also suggest some third-party applications that are even more potent.
Print the Screen to Take a Screenshot (prt Scn)
You can snap a screenshot by pressing the keyboard’s Print Screen key. Depending on the keyboard shortcut you choose, you can either copy the screenshot to your clipboard so you can paste it into any application or save it as a PNG image file.
On the top row of your keyboard, the prtscn key is often located between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key. Instead, it might be labelled “PrtScn,” “PrntScrn,” or “Print Scr.” Observe the space above the Insert key on full-size keyboards.
The Print Screen key may be joined with another key on laptop keyboards, but it will still be in the same general location. While using these shortcuts, you might need to press the “Function” or “Fn” key on your laptop.
Screenshots Should Be Saved as Files.
To create a file off of a screenshot, press Windows+Print Screen. To print a screen, press and hold the Windows logo key while tapping the PrtScrn or PrtScn key, depending on your keyboard. (You might have to use Windows+Fn+PrtScn on a laptop keyboard.)
For a brief period, the screen will dim, offering visual proof. The snapshot will be saved as a PNG file in the “Screenshots” subfolder of the “Pictures” folder in your user account. Each screenshot you capture will be automatically assigned a number if you take more than one.
In other words, the following place is probably where you will discover your screenshot: C:\Users\NAME\Pictures\Screenshots
Take a Screenshot and Copy It to The Clipboard
Simply press the Print Screen key (or Fn+Print Screen on some laptops) to transfer an image from your screen to the clipboard.
Your screen will be captured by Windows and copied to the clipboard. It can be pasted into practically any program that handles images, including word processing programs and graphic editors. To paste, simply choose Edit > Paste or simply press Ctrl+V
The last few items you copied to your clipboard—including screenshots—will be remembered by Windows 10 if you have the clipboard history feature activated.
Take a Screenshot of Just One Window and Copy It to The Clipboard
Press Alt+Print Screen to take a screenshot of just one window as opposed to your entire screen. (You might need to hit Alt+Fn+Print Screen on some machines.)
If you don’t pick the window you want to take a screenshot of first, Windows will save a snapshot of the active window to your clipboard. To focus a window, either click somewhere within it or use Alt+Tab.
Snap Screenshots with Snip & Sketch
Snip & Sketch, a built-in feature of Windows 10, offers more robust snapshot possibilities. You can use it to annotate your screenshots, take a screenshot of a specific area of your screen, or take a screenshot after a predetermined amount of time.
Recall that the traditional Snipping Tool from Windows Vista is still available in Windows 10. If you’re familiar with the Snipping Tool, you can still use it. However, it is gradually being replaced by the cutting-edge Snip & Sketch tool. The Snipping Tool’s options are identical to those of Snip & Sketch, plus more.
Screenshot a Section of Your Screen
Press Windows+Shift+S to rapidly snap a screenshot with Snip & Sketch. Your mouse will change into a crosshair, and your screen will turn grey.
A bar with many buttons will be shown near the top of your screen. Select the desired function. Here are the functions of the buttons, from left to right:
Rectangular Snip: You can use your cursor to create a rectangle on your screen using the rectangular snip feature. The region inside the rectangle will be captured in a screenshot by Windows.
Freeform Snip: You can use your cursor to draw an arbitrary shape on your screen (or a stylus or finger on a touch screen). The area you draw a circle around will be captured on camera by Windows.
Window Snip: The cursor will act as a crosshair in the window. You can click and drag it over a window to capture just that window in a screenshot.
Full-screen Snip: Pressing this button will capture your complete screen in a screenshot.
Stop Snipping: Stop snatching without capturing a screenshot of the overlay. (To do this, you can alternatively press the Esc key on your keyboard.)
When you use the keyboard shortcut to open an option, Snip & Sketch will remember the last time you used it.
Crop or Add Notes to A Screenshot
You will receive a message after taking a screenshot stating that it has been transferred to your clipboard. It can be pasted into any other program that works with image files. (To paste, press Ctrl+V or Edit > Paste.)
You can find the notification in Windows 10’s Action Center if it disappears before you can click it.
Click the notice to see more options. By doing this, the Snip & Sketch window will open, displaying options for annotating, highlighting, erasing, and cropping the image.
Additionally, there is a “Save” button that allows you to save your screenshot as an image file.
(The interface changes depending on the size of the window. All the choices appear on the top toolbar when the Snip & Sketch window is larger. Some of the choices will relocate to a lower toolbar if you reduce the window’s size.)
The screenshot Was Taken with Delay
It may be possible to capture a menu or other interface element that won’t appear till you interact with it by taking a screenshot on a delay in some circumstances. Snip & Sketch has a three- or ten-second screenshot delay feature.
You must directly launch the Snip & Sketch application window in order to find this option. Launch the “Snip & Sketch” application shortcut by clicking the Start button (or pressing the Windows Key), typing “Snip,” and then click the result.
Select “Snip in 3 seconds” or “Snip in 10 seconds” by clicking the down arrow to the right of the “New” button in the Snip & Sketch window.