How To Screenshot On Windows 10 Using Keys Or Snipping Tool?

I know you are here to learn how to screenshot on Windows 10. If you are wondering how to capture screen or how to print screen then you are at the right place. Today I will show you how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 Pc.

There are 2 easy and hence most effective methods on how to take a screenshot. I will explain both the methods in detail and with screenshots too to help you understand the process much quicker.

There are many occasions when we need to take a screenshot. Whether we want to just document something really fast or want to send the picture of an error occurred on Windows 10 PC.

Also Read: How Do I Sync My Settings In Windows 10

Whatever the reason to take a screenshot, it is must you should also learn how to take it. This is the most common feature that is used by almost every Operating System and Mobile Devices.

Almost every person in the world needs to capture a screenshot at one point or another.

Let us now learn the complete process.

How To Screenshot On Windows 10

Method 1: Take A Screenshot With Print Screen Button

The print screen button on your keyboard can take a prompt screenshot and save it as an image file on your system.

You can also take a screenshot without saving it as a file or take a screenshot of only one window instead of the whole screen.

The print screen button on your keyboard may be labeled as “PrtScn” or “PrntScrn” or maybe similar.

The Print Screen button is situated on between F12 and Scroll Lock button.

If you are on a laptop device then you have to press “Function Key” that is marked as “Fn” to access print screen function. When you press the Fn button you will be confused that nothing happened but the screenshot has been saved to your clipboard.

To Save A Screenshot As File

In order to take a screenshot press: “Windows logo key + PrtScn“.

If you are using a tablet then you have press “Windows logo Key + Volume down button“.

On some laptops and other devices you may need to press “Windows logo key + Ctrl + PrtScn” or “Windows logo key + Fn + PrtSccn” key instead.

When you press the keys the screen will dim for a second and the screenshot will be automatically saved in the “Screenshots” folder which is located under your default “Picture” folder in File Explorer in Windows 10.

Pictures in Windows 10 Explorer

Your Window will only Dim if you have the “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” turned on in your visual effects Settings

In case you want to enable it here is the quick path: System >> Advanced system settings >> Click the Advanced tab >> Click Settings under Performance section.

Performance options in Windows 10 OS

To Take A Screenshot Of Only One Window

  • Click the Window that you want to capture.
  • Press “Alt + PrtScn“, the screenshot of that one window will be captured and will be copied to the clipboard.
  • Paste that image into your favorite editor like MS Paint and then you can save that image from the editor.

NOTE: In some laptops and devices you may need to press “Alt + Fn + PrtScn” instead.

I hope I have explained Method-1 in detail, now lets head over to the next method.

Method 2: How To Screenshot On Windows 10 Using Snipping Tool

Windows snipping tool logo

Windows Snipping Tool is a screenshot utility included in Windows Vista and later operating system. With this simple utility, you can take a screenshot of an open Windows, Rectangular areas, free-form areas, or the entire screen.

Snips (Screenshots) can there be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file), or an MHTML file, or e-mailed.

Snipping Tool allows for primary image editing of the snaps, with different colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.

In Windows 10 operating system the snipping tool has a new built-in feature that is “Delay Time” which allows for timed capture of screenshots.

To Take A Screen Screenshot With Snipping Tool

  • Open Snipping Tool Click on the “New” and the delay time you want the screenshot should be taken, capture the area with the help of mouse.

Set snipping tool delay time

  • Now pick the type of snip you want to make by clicking the arrow next to “New”. You can now choose from one of the four types of snips: Free-form Snip, Rectangular snip, Windows snip, Full-screen Snip.

Rectangle snipping tool snips

  • The screen will not Dim or Fade out when you use the Snipping Tool. Instead, you will have time between 0 to 5 seconds depending upon the time delay you choose to set up your screenshot.
  • Once your time delay is over the screen will freeze and fade out so you can create your screenshot.

Note: If you choose Window or Full-screen snip, it will just capture the snip immediately.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you now know how to screenshot on Windows 10. I know you now know how easy it is to take a screenshot in Windows 10 PC.

I hope this guide helped you to take a screenshot in Windows 10.

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