How to take Screenshots on Windows 11 – 8 Ways

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Taking screenshots on Windows 10 and 11 doesn’t have to be complicated – here’s how to do it!

1. PrtSc (Print Screen key) Button

Pressing the PrtSc key will copy the full desktop image to the clipboard. This is a quick and easy way to grab an image of your entire working area when you need to save it or share it with someone else.

You can then paste this image into any app that accepts images, such as Paint, Paint 3D, or Adobe Photoshop. If you only want to capture the active application window, you can use Alt-PrtSc instead, which saves just the current window to the clipboard.

However, be aware that when using this method on Windows 11, the rounded corners may appear squared off in the resulting image file due to its rectangular shape.

Now that we’ve covered how PrtSc works on Windows 10 and 11, let’s look at another screenshotting tool available in Windows 10: Snipping Tool.

2. Snipping Tool / Sketch tool

Using the Snipping Tool, you can quickly capture any area of your screen and edit it with a pen or highlighter. You can access it easily by pressing Windows Key-Shift-S and then selecting one of four options: rectangular selection, freehand selection, window, or full-screen capture. Once you release the cursor, a notification appears in the lower right corner that shows a thumbnail image of the screenshot.

From there you can open up the Snipping Tool interface where you can mark up and crop the image. There are tools such as a ruler for drawing straight lines and a finger button for use on touch screens. You also have access to share, save, and print functions.

However, I find that aspect ratio options are not available here so if you need those then it’s better to go into Paint or some other image editor. Additionally, while Clipboard History allows easy pasting of screenshots taken with this method, accessing earlier screenshots is unfortunately not possible here.

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To sum up: The Snipping Tool is a great way to quickly take screenshots in Windows 11 but lacks some features like aspect ratio options and access to previous screenshots that third-party utilities provide instead.

3. Third-Party Screenshot Utility

If you’re looking for more than the basic screenshot options offered by Windows, consider investing in a third-party screenshot utility like SnagIt. They provide far more features and flexibility than what is available with the Snipping Tool.

Here are some of the advantages:

  1. Easy customization – Many screenshot programs let you customize your settings to suit your needs, such as choosing which formats to save screenshots in or setting up hotkeys for quick access.
  2. Feature-rich – You can add annotations, blur out private information, and much more using many third-party programs.
  3. Automation – Some programs can be configured to take screenshots at intervals or when certain triggers are met, saving you time and effort later on down the road.

SnagIt can help make taking screenshots easier and faster so that you have all the information you need without any hassle involved.

Now if only game streaming was this easy…

4. Game Bar

The Game bar is a convenient way to quickly take screenshots and manage game streaming in Windows. When you press the Windows Key-G shortcut, it opens the Game bar. From there, you can go into the Capture window and tap on the camera icon to save your screenshot to the Videos/Captures folder under your main user folder. However, if you want more control over where your screenshots are saved, you can change this target folder in the main Windows Settings app.

Alternatively, pressing Windows Key-Alt-PrtScn bypasses opening the Game bar altogether and takes a snapshot of your entire screen that gets stored locally on your machine.

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When taking screenshots with either method, it’s worth noting that all of them will be uploaded automatically to OneDrive if enabled so they’re accessible anywhere and backed up safely for future use. This makes capturing moments from within games or recording video evidence of an issue much easier than ever before!

5. PrtSc Key With OneDrive

With OneDrive, you can quickly capture screenshots with just the PrtSc key and have them automatically saved in a folder of your choice. To set this up, click or right-click on the cloud icon on the taskbar and choose Settings.

Then select the Backup tab in the dialog box and check Automatically Save Screenshots I capture to OneDrive. This simple step saves you from having to open an image app or paste from the clipboard every time you want to use a screenshot as an image file.

The image will be accessible from any device with OneDrive, so it’s perfect for live presentations when you don’t have time to save it separately. It’s also great for when you need quick access to your screenshot files later down the line.

Now that we’ve looked at how to quickly save screenshots using PrtSc and OneDrive, let’s look at how volume up and power buttons can be used on surface tablets.

6. Volume Up and Power Buttons on Surface Tablets

On Surface tablets, pressing the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously will take a screenshot. Doing this correctly will capture what’s on your device’s screen in an image and save it to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind for success:

  • Always press the keys simultaneously; otherwise, you’ll end up turning off the screen instead of taking a screenshot.
  • Some older tablets require different button combinations to take a screenshot, so check your device documentation if necessary.
  • The Surface Pen has a shortcut for taking screenshots: Double-tap the back button to open the Snipping Tool.

Taking screenshots this way is just as effective as using Windows Key + PrtSc, making it easy to capture moments and ideas quickly with minimal effort.

7. Windows key + Print Screen

Press the Windows key and Print Screen simultaneously to quickly capture your screen. This is an incredibly simple way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 or 11. Not only will it capture your entire monitor, but it will also automatically save the image file into your Pictures > Screenshots folder.

No more worrying about remembering to hit “save” before closing out of the window you wanted to capture! Plus, when you press these keys together, your screen will briefly go dim as a confirmation that the screenshot was taken successfully. So don’t panic if you see this happen – it just means everything worked correctly!

Taking screenshots with this method is a great option for anyone who wants an easy and reliable way to capture their screens without having to fiddle around in settings or other menus. And with no extra steps involved, it’s one of the fastest methods available on Windows 10 and 11.

Now let’s look at another method for taking screenshots—alt + print screen.

8. Alt + Print Screen

Alt + PrtScn quickly captures the active window, allowing you to easily save it without any fuss. This keyboard shortcut is an essential part of Windows 10 and 11, making capturing screenshots a breeze.

By using this shortcut, you can get instant feedback on what’s going on in your current window. All you have to do is press Alt + PrtScn at the same time, and the image of the active window will be saved to your clipboard.

From there, all that’s left for you to do is open an image editor and paste the screenshot to save it.

This process is much faster than finding a specific program for taking screenshots or manually cropping them yourself. With Alt + PrtScn, capturing screenshots has become much simpler – so if you’re looking for an efficient way of recording images from your screen then this should be your go-to technique!

Conclusion

I guess taking screenshots on Windows 10 and 11 isn’t so hard after all! Who would’ve thought it could be as easy as pressing a few buttons or using a snipping tool?

There’s no denying that these methods are incredibly useful, but I think the best way to take a screenshot is with irony – by not taking one at all!

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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...