How To Screenshot On Windows 10 / Windows 11?

How To Screenshot On Windows 10 Windows 11

Screenshots are an essential aspect of our digital lives – you have no idea how many screenshots we take a day! 🙂

It allows us to capture important moments or information that needs to be kept at hand. Whether it’s a funny meme, an inspiring quote, or something else entirely – having the ability to quickly and easily capture these moments is invaluable.

And thankfully in this day and age, doing so has never been easier.

We’ll go over exactly how to take a screenshot on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems in just a few steps.

The Print Screen Button

All you need to do is use the Print Screen button, sometimes labeled PrtScn or other variations of this name. It’s usually located at the top right corner of your keyboard.

To take a screenshot, press the PrtScn key. This will save an image of your whole screen to your clipboard, which you can paste into any program that supports images (such as Paint). You also have other options, like pressing Alt + PrtScn to capture just one window instead of the entire screen – cool, right? 🙂

And if you don’t want to manually drag a box around what you’d like to capture, there’s even an option for automatically capturing parts of your screen with pre-defined shapes!

The Windows Key + Print Screen

The Windows key + Print Screen shortcut can quickly capture whatever is currently displayed on your screen and save it as a file without having to open additional programs.

To use this method, press both the “Windows” key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys) and the “Print Screen” button at the same time. This could cause your display to dim momentarily while simultaneously taking a screenshot of everything currently visible on your desktop.

The image will then be saved automatically in the Pictures folder within File Explorer under “Screenshots”. – we just showed this trick to one of our clients today and she was amazed! 🙂

So when trying to document something from their device, users should remember they have another useful option in addition to using just the print screen button: using their Windows key plus Print Screen combination!

Alt + Print Screen

Another useful method that may work better for some users is Alt + Print Screen.

Using this shortcut will capture only the active window instead of the whole screen. This can be especially helpful when trying to quickly grab an image from one specific window without having to crop it out of all your other windows afterward.

It also makes it easier to share images with others as they won’t need to scroll through extra content to get what they need.

Alt + Print Screen will save a full-size copy of just the active window directly into the clipboard which allows you to paste it into any program like Word, Paint, or Photoshop for further editing and sharing.

It’s important to note that this shortcut does not create a file automatically but rather copies whatever you have selected so make sure you remember where you are pasting it before closing out of whatever program you’re using.

This trick should come in handy for anyone looking for an efficient way to capture screenshots while still being able to control exactly what gets saved and shared.

With just two short keys, taking high-quality screenshots has never been simpler!

The Snip & Sketch Tool In Windows 10

If you want more control over how the screenshot appears, try using Snip & Sketch – a tool built into Windows 10 and 11 for taking screenshots. With it, you’ll be able to crop sections from your screenshots without having to edit them afterward in another app.

To access it, you can search for ‘Snip & Sketch’ in the start menu or open it from within the Windows Accessories folder.

Once opened, you’ll see two main options: ‘New’ and ‘Delay’. If you select ‘New’, then you’ll be able to immediately take a screenshot of the entire screen or an area of the screen that you specify. This is great if you need to quickly capture something before it changes.

The ‘Delay’ option allows you to set up a timer so that your screenshot will be taken after several seconds have passed.

This could come in handy if some animations or popups appear shortly after opening an application.

In addition to capturing screenshots, this tool also offers basic editing features such as cropping and adding text boxes. You can even draw directly onto your image with various pen colors and sizes – so cool right? Give that a go!

These advanced capabilities make it easy to personalize your screenshots and share them easily online without having to use another image editor like Photoshop.

The Snip & Sketch tool has everything needed for taking screenshots on Windows 10 – no third-party software is required!

The Snipping Tool In Windows 11 / Windows 10!

The Snipping Tool is our personal favorite!

It has been an essential part of the Windows operating system for years. It’s even included in Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft’s OS.

This handy tool allows users to capture any area of their screen with a few clicks and share it with others via email or social media platforms.

The Snipping Tool is simple to use; all you have to do is press ‘PrtScn’ on your keyboard to open it up, then select the portion of the display that you want to take a screenshot of.

Once you’ve taken the shot, you can save it as an image file or copy it directly into another application like Word or PowerPoint. You can also annotate it by using various tools such as arrows, lines, and text boxes.

There are other features too – such as delay time settings which allow you to set a timer before taking screenshots – making it ideal for capturing disappearing menus or pop-up messages.

One great thing about this tool is that there are no complicated menus or settings required – just point-and-shoot! Plus, since its inception in Windows 7, Snipping Tool has only gotten better over time with additional options being added in subsequent versions including Windows 10 and now 11.

Overall, The Snipping Tool offers users an easy way to quickly take screenshots without having to deal with complex programs or third-party software. With its intuitive interface and helpful features, anyone can become a sniping pro in minutes!

The Game Bar (Microsoft Game Bar)

The game bar is one of the most efficient ways to screenshot on Windows 11. It’s a feature that comes pre-installed with the operating system and allows users to capture screenshots, record their screen activity, or broadcast it live over various streaming services like Twitch and YouTube.

To use the game bar, all you need to do is press the Windows Key + G keys simultaneously.

This will open up the Game Bar window which gives access to several features including Screenshots. Clicking on this button will immediately take a snapshot of your fullscreen display, so make sure everything you want to be included in the screenshot is visible first before pressing these buttons – go on..give it a try! 🙂

You can find your saved pictures in your Pictures folder or any other location where you may have saved it by clicking on the “Show All” option under the “Captures” tab in the Game Bar settings window.

You can then easily copy-paste or share your screenshot with anyone else as required.

In addition to capturing screenshots, The Game Bar also provides additional functions such as recording video clips of gameplay footage or broadcasting games online via Mixer – Microsoft’s streaming service.

You can also customize settings related to audio input while recording videos or broadcasting games which makes it easier for streamers and gamers alike to create professional content quickly and conveniently.

Overall, The Game Bar offers an impressive set of features that make capturing screenshots more convenient than ever before when it comes to Windows 11 – giving users total control over how they capture their gaming experiences without having to rely on third-party software tools anymore!

Power + Volume Up

This is an especially quick option if you need to take multiple screenshots in succession. All you have to do is press the power button and the volume-up key simultaneously, and your screen will be captured immediately.

This method works for both laptops and desktops running Windows 10 and Windows 11.

One thing to keep in mind when using this shortcut is that it captures only what’s currently displayed on the screen at the time you press the keys.

To capture something specific, double-check that everything appears before taking your screenshot — otherwise, you might miss out on important details (that’s a useful tip!)

Additionally, make sure that no other programs are open as they can interfere with how the image looks after being saved.

Overall, whether you choose to go with one of these options or combine them depends entirely upon what kind of results you’re aiming for from your screenshots.

Both methods provide an efficient means of capturing whatever content is present onscreen quickly and easily; however, each has its benefits depending upon what type of output you desire from your screen captures.

How To Screenshot On Windows 7

Taking a screenshot on Windows 7 is an easy process – and there’s pretty much only 1 option there – 🙂

  1. You need to locate the Print Screen button on your keyboard. It’s usually located near the top right corner of most keyboards and looks like this: PrtScn or PrntScrn.
  2. To take a screenshot press ‘PrtScn’ or ‘Fn + PrtScn’. Depending upon your computer model, it could be either one of these buttons.
  3. The image will be stored in your clipboard as a separate file which can then be pasted into any application such as MS Paint or Word.
  4. Next up, you’ll want to open up the application where you’d like to paste the screenshot. Then use either ‘CTRL+V’ (paste) or right-click with your mouse and select Paste from the drop-down menu option.
  5. This should place the saved screenshot within your chosen program window without needing any further editing tools such as cropping or resizing options.

All in all, making a screenshot on Windows 7 doesn’t require too much effort – simply press ‘PrtScr’ or ‘Fn + PrtScr’ key combination, and voila –you’ve got yourself a snapshot! You can now easily insert it anywhere you please by following the simple cut-and-paste steps outlined above.

How To Screenshot On Windows 8

  1. Firstly, decide what exactly you want to screenshot; this could be an open window, the entire desktop, or just a certain part of the screen.
  2. Once you have decided this, press the Windows + Print Screen keys simultaneously.
  3. This will take a screenshot and save it automatically in your computer’s Pictures library as a PNG file with the title ‘Screenshot (number)’.

Here’s the trick – If you’d rather customize where the screenshot should be saved, instead of pressing both buttons at once, press ‘Windows + Shift + S’ which will bring up an overlay menu from which you can select what area of your screen you wish to capture.

You can then choose where to save the image, such as using Microsoft Paint or other photo editing apps like Photoshop.

Did you know? If you have OneDrive enabled – there’s a sweet spot?

It’s worth noting that if you’ve enabled OneDrive on Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11, then all screenshots taken are also uploaded into its cloud storage service so they can easily be shared among different devices connected to the same account.

That said, these images are private unless shared by someone else who has access to them through their OneDrive account.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is There A Way To Take A Screenshot Of A Specific Area Of My Screen?

Taking a screenshot of a specific area of your screen can be done easily!

It’s an incredibly useful feature that lets you capture only what matters most to you while avoiding any unnecessary elements.

First, the easiest way is by pressing the ‘Windows key + Shift+ S’ keys together at once. This will bring up a crosshair cursor so you can select which part of the screen you want to snap.

Once selected, it’s automatically saved in your clipboard for pasting into applications like Word or PowerPoint if desired.

Another option is using the Snipping Tool (as mentioned above ) included with Windows 10 and 11. To open it, type ‘snip’ in the search bar and click on it when it appears as an available result. Then draw a shape around the area you wish to save and click ‘save’.

This method allows more flexibility than just capturing what’s currently displayed on your monitor – but keep in mind that these types of snips are not stored on your clipboard after they’re taken!

For those looking for even more control over their screenshots, there are third-party programs such as Greenshot or Lightshot that offer additional features like editing tools and various output formats (JPG, PNG, etc.).

They also provide further customization options like adjusting image size and quality before saving them onto disk – perfect for creating professional presentations or tutorials quickly without fuss!

How Do I Take A Screenshot With A Tablet Running Windows 10/11?

Taking a screenshot with a tablet running Windows 10 or 11 is straightforward.

Firstly, you’ll need to locate the Windows key on your device; this could be either physical or virtual depending on which model of tablet you have. Once you’ve found it, press and hold down the Windows button and then press the Volume Down key at the same time.

This will take a picture of whatever is currently being shown on your screen.

The next step is to view and save the image taken by your device.

To do this, open up Photos from the Start menu – here you can find all screenshots that have been captured using your device’s built-in tools.


Taking a screenshot on Windows 10 or 11 is an incredibly useful and simple process. Whether you’re using your laptop, tablet, or desktop computer, you can capture any image displayed on your screen with just a few keystrokes.

You may also find it helpful to save your screenshots in specific areas of the screen for easy access later. If you don’t want to use the Windows key combination, there are several other ways to take a screenshot without having to press extra buttons.

With all these different methods available, capturing what’s happening on your device has never been easier. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using Windows 10 or 11 – taking screenshots is quick and efficient regardless of which version of the operating system you have installed.

Plus, being able to easily share screenshots with others makes capturing images from our devices even more convenient than ever before!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...