How to Take A Screenshot on Windows 10

Windows by Microsoft is one of the leading operating systems in the market. This has a multitude of versions and each version comes with its own set of settings and features. The latest version Windows 10 is no different. The settings and options vary slightly with each version and after every update, Windows leaves its users confused and it might take some time to get adjusted to the new features. The procedure to take a screenshot is one such feature. This procedure changes from version to version and this article focuses on how to take a screenshot on Windows 10

How to Take A Screenshot on Windows 10 Computer:

Screenshots are a quick and easy method to capture on-screen data and store them as images. Screenshots have multiple uses for creating explanatory guides, snapping the high score in your favorite game or just clicking an image of texts to share with your friends. Most of us use this feature on our phones but we are often ignorant of such features in our computer. Windows 10 provides not one, but multiple methods for taking a screenshot.

5 Methods to Screenshot in Windows 10:

Given below are the methods to take a screenshot on Windows 10. Just go through all of them and select the preferable one for future use.

Method 1

The ‘Print Screen’ key. This is probably the most common method that is applicable to all PCs and hence can also be used to take a screenshot on Windows 10.

  1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. This action will store your displayed full-screen image onto your clipboard. (No need to copy manually)
  2. Open MS Paint or any other similar graphics editor. (If you can’t find Paint, just search for it in the ‘Type here to search’ text box available in the task menu bar.
  3. Now right click inside the Paint window that opens, and select paste. Use can also use the keyboard shortcut options “Ctrl + V”. Save the Paint file.

Method 2

So what if you do not want the entire screen but just the currently active window in your screenshot? There is no need to take the full picture and crop it. The Print Screen key can be used in a combination to achieve the same.

  1. Press Alt + Print Screen. (Through this action only the active window will be copied onto the clipboard)
  2. Open Paint or equivalent editor.
  3. Right-click and select paste to get a screenshot of the active window alone.

Method 3

Does using Paint or other programs seem like too much work? Well, do not worry. There is another shortcut. Through this method, you can continuously take screenshots without pasting it into Paint every time.

  1. Press Windows key + Print Screen on your keyboard. Immediately you will see your screen flash for a second and that’s it. Your screenshot is captured and stored.
  2. To view your screenshots go to Pictures and open Screenshot folder. You will find your screenshots stored there.
  3. You can right-click and rename them for future reference.

Method 4

There are other methods to take screenshots without the Print Screen key also. One such method is the Snipping tool. With this, you can take the screenshot of the entire screen or any specific part of the screen that is visible.

  1. Type ‘Snipping tool’ in the search box or go to Start > All Programs > Windows Accessories > Snipping Tool.
  2. Click New. Now the tool allows you to click and drag the cursor over the area which you want to be saved as a screenshot. On releasing the cursor, that particular portion is shown as a screenshot inside the Snipping tool.
  3. You can make any cropping adjustments there itself and then save as a separate jpeg file. If not, use the ‘copy to clipboard’ button and then paste the screenshot into the destination file.

Method 5

If you are using a tablet, then you can take a screenshot like on a phone.

  1. Press Windows Logo button onscreen + the physical Volume Down button at the side of your tablet.
  2. The screen will flash for a second to store your shot in the Screenshots folder.


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