How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10

Taking a screenshot (an image that captures whatever is currently being displayed on your screen) is quite a useful way to document and share those images. That is why I am going to show you how to take a screenshot of Windows 10.

Whether you are needing to deal with tech support in explaining a glitch you are experiencing, a tweet that you might think someone could end up deleting, or even a hilarious auto-corrected line of text, it can be very useful to know and understand how to save a screenshot of your screen.

Here are a few different ways in which you can take a screenshot of Windows 10:

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Method One: Quickly Take Screenshots Using the Print Screen (Print Scr) Key

What can the Print Screen Key do exactly?
The classic old PrtScr Key on your keyboard can be pressed at any time you want to take a screenshot of the current window that is open and saves it to the clipboard. The PrtScr Key also has a couple of other useful functions too. You can take a screenshot of only one window (not the full screen), and even take a screenshot of your screen and save it directly to a file (useful if you do not have to edit the screenshot in any way).

Print ScreenWhere can you find the Print Screen Key? On the majority of keyboards, the Print Screen Key can be found between the F12 and Scroll Lock Key, in which it could be labeled with one of the following, “PrntScrn,” “PrtScr,” “Print Scr,” or something similar.

Please note: On certain keyboards (usually laptops), to access the Print Screen option you might have to use the “Function” or “FN” key. While it might appear that nothing happens, the screenshot will get saved to the clipboard.

Take a Screenshot of Your Entire Screen Without Saving

Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard (with the “FN” key if applicable), which will store the screenshot to the clipboard for you to paste into an image editing app like Paint or wherever you would like to.

Take a Screenshot of Only the Active Window

Function KeyIf you only wish to take a screenshot of the currently selected window (or active as it is also referred to), make sure that you first left-click on the Title Bar of that window.

Press the Alt key + Print Screen key to capture the current window to the clipboard, which will allow you to paste it into your favorite image editor or document editor.

Please note: On some other devices and laptops, you may have to press the Alt + FN + Print Screen keys together instead. Refer to your laptop manual for more information.

How to Save that Screenshot Using Paint

1. Left-click on the Search bar (next to the Start Menu) and type in “paint”.


Open Microsoft Paint Step 1


2. Left-click on the “Paint” icon to open the app.


Open Microsoft Paint Step 2


3. Then, left-click on “Paste”. Your screenshot is now ready to go and tweak in any way you see fit.


Open Microsoft Paint Step 3


4. Once you are ready to save the screenshot in Paint, left-click on File and then click on the Save button.


Save Image in Microsoft Paint Step 4


Alternatively, you can also left-click on “Send an email” if you wish to directly send the screenshot via email to your family or friends.

Take a Screenshot and Save as a File  

To save a screenshot directly to a file, you will need to Press the Windows Logo Key + Print Screen.

If you are using a tablet, you may need to press the Windows Logo Key + Volume down button. On other devices and some laptops, you may have to either press the Windows Logo Key + FN + Print Screen key or use the Ctrl + Windows logo + Print Screen key to successfully take a screenshot. Refer to your laptop manual for more information.   

The screen should dim for a brief moment, and you can then find that screenshot in the folder called “Screenshots,” which will, by default, appear inside of your “Pictures” folder. All screenshots taken will be labeled with a number automatically.

Method Two: Using the Snipping Tool to Create Flexible Screenshots

You can use the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 to take and create more flexible screenshots. First introduced in Windows Vista, the Snipping Tool has been part of the Windows family for a long time now, and will allow you to transform the way you take screenshots with the choice of taking a screenshot of an open window, a free-form area, a rectangle area, or the entire screen.

Also, with the new “Delay” option that has been introduced in Windows 10, you can now even capture screenshots of tooltips and pop-up menus too.

1. Left-click on the Search Bar (next to the Start menu) and start typing in the word ‘Snipping’.


Open Snipping Tool Step 1


2. Left-click on the Snipping Tool icon to open it.


Open Snipping Tool Step 2


3. If you want to set a delay for this screenshot, left-click on the arrow beside “Delay” and choose between 0-5 seconds.


Set Delay on Snipping Tool Step 3


4. Next, left-click on the arrow beside ‘New’ to choose the type of snip you want. You will have four options to choose from: rectangle, free-form, window, and full-screen.


Choose type in Snipping Tool Step 4


5. Click and drag the cursor to select the area of the screen in which you want to capture a screenshot of and use. Once you have selected the space you want to capture, simply release the cursor.


Snipping Tool Step 5


6. Presto! Your screenshot will now open in the Snipping Tool!


Final Result in Snipping Tool Step 6


7. Once this happens, left-click on “File.”


Snipping Tool Step 7


8. Scroll down and left-click on “Save As” to save the image or left-click on “Send” if you want to email the screenshot right away to someone.


Snipping Tool Step 8


Now you can share images with family and friends by saving them with ease in Windows 10. Not only that, but you can choose the shape and size of your screenshots with the Snipping Tool and customize them how you want.

If you do not need to customize them in any way, using the Print Screen option will make it so that time for you is not a problem anymore, as you will not have to rush to the Search Bar to type in and find the Snipping Tool. One simple push of a couple of buttons on your keyboard and that is it.

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