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How to take screenshots in windows 10If you’re a Windows user and you’ve got something important on your screen that you want to capture, in this guide, we’ll show you a few different ways you can take a screenshot of it.

While there are many different ways that you can take a screenshot on Windows 10, in this post, we’ll focus on three of the easiest ways to capture your screen.

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How to Use the Snipping Tool to Take A Screenshot

Microsoft has included the Snipping Tool since Windows Vista and it is one of the easiest ways to take a screenshot in Windows.

How to take screenshots in windows 10Windows’ Snipping Tool is a handy way to take screenshots in Windows 10.

There are a couple of different ways that you can capture a screenshot using the Snipping Tool. We’ll outline those methods below.

*In an upcoming update, the Snipping Tool will be taken over by a new feature called “Snip & Sketch” which will provide the same functionality.

Opening the Snipping Tool and Using It

  1. Type ‘snipping tool’ into the search bar and hit enter
  2. From the Snipping Tool menu, hit ‘New’
  3. This will give you a cursor that you can click and drag to select the area you want a screenshot of
  4. After you’ve selected your area, the tool will give you a preview of your screenshot
  5. If the screenshot looks good, you can save the screenshot as an image file, using ‘File > Save As…’

Using Snip & Sketch Hotkeys to Take A Screenshot

  1. Press ‘Windows logo key + Shift + S’
  2. Click and drag the cursor to select the area you want a screenshot of
  3. Open the prompt in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to preview the screenshot
  4. In the top right corner, click the save icon to save your screenshot

*Using this method, before you save your screenshot, you can markup the image using the available writing tools.

Using Print Screen to Take A Screenshot

The Print Screen button is another easy way to take a screenshot in Windows 10.

How to take screenshots in windows 10The Print Screen or PRT SC button on your keyboard gives you a quick way to take screenshots.

There are a few different ways that you can use the Print Screen button to take a screenshot.

Use the Print Screen Button to Capture Your Entire Screen

  1. Hit the ‘Print Screen’ or ‘PRT SC’ button
  2. This will send a screenshot of your entire screen to your clipboard
  3. You can paste this image into any image editing program and edit it to your liking

*Just note that, if you have multiple monitors, this method will take a screenshot of all of your monitors in one extra wide image.

Using Print Screen to Capture and Immediately Save A Screenshot

  1. Press ‘Windows logo key + Print Screen’ to capture your entire screen
  2. This will not only capture your entire screen, but it will also automatically save it
  3. You can find the saved screenshot in your Pictures > Screenshots folder

*As with above, if you have multiple monitors, this method will take a screenshot of all of your monitors in one extra wide image.

Using Print Screen to Take A Screenshot of the Active Window

  1. Press ‘Alt + Print Screen’ to screenshot the active window
  2. This will send a screenshot of your active window to your clipboard
  3. You can paste this image into any image editing program and edit it to your liking

*With this method, the active window can be a single monitor in a multi-monitor setup, or the active window can be a program you are currently using.

Using Game Bar to Take A Screenshot

Windows Game Bar app will also allow you to take screenshots. It will also allow you to record your screen if you want to create a video.

To take a screenshot using Game Bar, do the following:

  1. Press ‘Windows logo key + G’ to open the Game Bar
  2. Find the Capture menu and hit the camera icon
  3. You screenshot will save to your ‘Videos > Captures’ folder

Conclusion

Taking a screenshot on Windows 10 is incredibly easy. In this post, we’ve provided you with three easy ways that you can take a screenshot of your screen. Whether you want to take a screenshot that you can edit in an image editing program, or you want to take a screenshot that will instantly be saved as an image file, one of the methods outlined above will help you achieve your goal.

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There are numerous reasons for you to capture some or the entire part of your screen. Maybe you wish to share something on social media or with a tech support agent or you may simply wish to save evidence of something objectionable or a copy of the form before submitting it.

The reasons are many!

And whatever may be the reason for you to take a screenshot in Windows 10, its inbuilt-features are indeed very helpful.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Here are different ways of how to take a screenshot in Windows 10.

1. PrtScn

To take a screenshot in Windows 10 with “PrtScn”, simply press the “Windows logo key + PrtScn.” The screen will flicker for a moment as if a camera shutter was opening and closing. The screenshot will automatically be labeled as a number in the Screenshot folder in the Pictures folder of your PC.

For Tablet, press the “Windows logo button + volume down button”. Even some PCs or laptops requires “Windows logo key + Ctrl + PrtScn” or “Windows logo key + Fn + PrtScn” keys. You need to check your device’s manual to know which buttons you need to press to capture a screenshot.

Using the PrtScn directly

When you press the “Prt Sc” key or “Alt + Fn + Prt Sc” a screenshot will be copied directly to the clipboard. Now you can utilize this image directly in other programs like Word or Image Editor. In order to paste this image simply choose Edit > Paste and paste the screenshot wherever you wish to. Depending upon the desktop resolution, the image dimensions of the image will be set.

2. Screenshot of one window

The only difference here is that just click on the title bar of the window that you wish to take a screenshot of and press the “PrtScn” or as mentioned in your manual.

3. Screenshot of Partial Screen

If you wish to take a partial screenshot in Windows 10, press “Windows + Shift + S”. This will change the color of your screen to grey and the cursor will change to select mode. Now, you can select the part of your screen you wish to capture. It will get copied to the clipboard and you can follow the above-mentioned process to paste the image that would otherwise be stored in the clipboard automatically.

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4. Snipping Tool

The snipping tool is situated in Start > All Programs > Windows Accessories > Snipping Tool. It is a built-in tool for taking a screenshot in Windows 10. This feature is in existence since Windows Vista. Windows 10 has added the feature of “Delay” in it that can capture screenshots pop-up menus and tooltips. This “Delay” feature enables you to select from 1 to 5 seconds of delay time that you would like to have to open the pop-up menu or the tool-tip you would like to take the screenshot of. After the delay seconds, the screen will freeze and fade out so you can create your snip.

It also allows you to select the type of snip you would like from free-form, rectangular, window, and full-screen by clicking the arrow next to New.

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This is a free form of the Snipping tool where shape you can select on your own.

5. Snip Editor

Microsoft Snip Editor offers better features than the Snipping Tool in my experience. It enables us to take screenshots of the entire screen, active window, or even a manually cropped rectangle and even allows us to delay the capturing process from 1 to 5 seconds so you can capture the images of disappearing menus and tooltips. Moreover, Snip Editor offers various ways to even gloss the screenshots like freehand – pen option (more like Windows Ink) and even voice recording.

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6. Game Bar

Windows 10 offers a special feature to record gameplay footage and take screenshots of Windows PC games. Even before you start using the Game Bar, launch the Xbox app and open its settings. Under the menu “Game DVR” there will be the option of “Take screenshots using Game DVR”. Here you can even assign the keyboard shortcuts.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

The screenshots that Game Bar generates are in PNG format and are by default saved in “C:\Users\[your username]\Videos\Captures.”

When you wish to capture just click “Windows key + G”. Then click on “yes this is a game” box if asked (This option will enable you to use the keyboard shortcuts). Finally, press the “Windows + Alt + Prt Sc” to capture the screen. The notification informing “screenshot saved” will be displayed.

7. Windows Ink Workspace

Microsoft’s Windows Ink not only enables us to take a screenshot but also allows us to share them that too without the need for establishing another app. Simply, open the Page or a file or screen that you need to capture. Now click on the Windows Ink icon on the taskbar of your PC. It should look like a pen. If not, then check if it is enabled by right-clicking on the taskbar and then clicking “Show Windows Ink Workspace Button”.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

In the Windows Ink Workspace select the “Screen Sketch”. It will then click a screenshot of the screen that is open and then open an editing window. Screen Sketch interface allows you to crop, scribble on, or make minor edits if required and then you can save or share it directly from your PC.

We have seen various ways to take screenshots in Windows 10. If your need is simple, you can use any one of these built-in tools and features. But for complex needs, you need to install the third-party solutions.

The various third-party solutions that can offer free-form captures, effects, annotations, and other effective features are Greenshot, Monosnap, or PicPick just a few of them while Awesome Screenshot or Nimbus are browser-based solutions.

Final Words

I hope these simple tricks help you to take a screenshot in Windows 10 easily. If you have any queries, please drop a comment below this article.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

If you’re a Windows user, you might have thought, could I take a Windows 10 Screenshot? There seem to be a number of ways to take a screenshot on a Desktop pc. You can use fast shortcut keys as well as a snipping tool or additional software.

Use shortcut keys

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Press the “Windows + PrtScr” shortcut key on your keyboard to use this method.

The screen flashes as the image are captured. You will therefore locate a screenshot in the Pictures folder under Screenshots subfolder, where screenshots are instantly secured.

Take the Windows Edge Screenshot

Once on the page you choose to make a screenshot, press PEN ICON on the right.

The new bar at the top right of the screen will pop up.

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Users can quickly crop and also save parts of the web page, make annotations, share and email, and eventually save on the clicking the Floppy Drive icon. Screenshots taken from Microsoft Edge are stored in OneNote, Favourites or Reading List.

Take Screenshots with Snipping Tools

The Snipping Tool has been part of the Windows system for a long time.

Snipping tool can take screenshots of an open window, a rectangular area, a free-form area, or the whole screen.

  • In the search box, click the Start menu button and type “Snipping Tool”
  • After you have access to the Snipping Tool in the search result, launch it.
  • Click the New button, and then you can take a screenshot.

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There are several apps and shortcuts available to capture the screen on Windows. Snip & Sketch, Snipping Tool are both built-in apps on Windows 10. The new “Snip & Sketch” tool is a replacement for Snipping Tool and is relatively easy to use.

In this guide, you will learn different methods on how to screenshot on Windows and where to find them on Windows 10.

Here are the apps that will help you in taking a screenshot on Windows 10:

1. Snip & Sketch

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Before moving forward with features, here are the types of screen snips that you can take with Snip & Sketch:

  • Rectangular Snip
  • Freeform Snip
  • Window Snip
  • Full-screen Snip

The new Snip & Sketch tool is more comfortable to access and makes it easier to share screen captures, but it lacks an important feature that keeps me a fan of the Snipping Tool. I will come to that later.

Taking a screenshot on Windows 10 with ‘Snip & Sketch’

You can access the tool with a shortcut key or by using the app.

  • Press Windows Key + Shift + S
  • Snip & Sketch will open
  • Choose screenshot mode
  • Take screenshot

The next thing you’ll see is a notification that opens into the ‘Snip & Sketch’ app. You can save your screenshot from there or make changes to it.

You can also open the app and click the New button in the upper left area to start taking a screenshot.

Cons of using Snip & Sketch

The shortcut key for the screenshot on Windows 10 is great and is very helpful, but there’s something that bothers me about ‘Snip & Sketch,’ it disappears after taking the screenshot and takes you to the main app. However, updates might bring some changes to it.

You can also choose to save your snips with an outline, which can be enabled in the Snip & Sketch settings.

2. Snipping Tool (To screenshot on Windows – All versions)

How to take screenshots in windows 10

The Snipping Tool has been around since November 7, 2002, on Windows Vista. After opening it, click on the New button to begin the screen capture process. The default cropping type is a Rectangular Snip, but you can also make Free-form and Full-screen along with a Window Snip.

The cropping tool does not automatically save screenshots; you have to save them before quitting the application; however, it automatically copies your captures to the clipboard.

Snipping Tool has the same features as the Snip & Sketch, but Microsoft will merge it with the Snip & Sketch app in future updates.

3. Print Screen Key (PrtScr)

Another way of capturing a screenshot is to use the Print Screen option. To capture the entire screen, press the Print Screen key (aka PrtScr). Your screenshot will be saved in the Screenshots folder (OneDrive > Pictures > Screenshots) and will also be copied to your clipboard. It doesn’t show you any tool to edit or crop or do anything with the captured picture.

You can also configure the PrtScr button to open the Snip & Sketch tool by going to Settings > Ease of access > Keyboard > Print Screen shortcut and activate. You might have to restart your PC to make it work.

4. Windows Key + Print Screen

To capture the entire screen and automatically save the screenshot, touch the Windows key + the Print Screen key. Screen dimming will indicate that your screenshot was taken and is saved under This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.

All Windows screenshot shortcut keys

  • Alt + PrtScr
  • Windows + PrtScr
  • PrtScr key
  • Windows key + Shift + S

I hope, you will learn the art of capturing screens without any difficultly on Windows. If you have any issues or know any other methods to screenshot on Windows, do let us know in the comments.

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November 11, 2019

After reading your blog now I am working with the Snipping Tool. And it’s a very easy and helpful tool to take screenshots. Thanks for this wonderful piece of article and keep posting.

Thanks Sagartrivedi. It’s nice to know that you are finding this guide helpful.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Windows 10 has several hidden features to take screenshots. There are at least 5 ways you can use to take screenshots in Windows 10 without installing any additional app. This is a good news if you often capture the screen of your laptop on your daily basis since you don’t need to install third party app.

Generally, you just need to press certain buttons on your keyboard to start taking a screenshot in Windows 10. The major downside of the built-in screenshot features offered by Windows 10 is that they don’t have the capability of annotating the screenshots you took. Some features also depend on an image editing tool to work.

Here are 5 ways you can use to take screenshots in Windows 10 without installing third party app.

1. Using Print Screen key

Take a look at your computer keyboard right now and you should see a Print Screen key. Commonly, this key lies right next to the F12 key. Just like the name suggests, this key can be used to take screenshots in Windows 10, but it should be paired with an image editing tool. Windows has Paint, a simple image editing tool you can take advantage of.

To start taking a screenshot using Print Screen key, simply press this key and it will turn the current window into a pasetable image. You can paste the image into Paint (or other image editing tool you like) and save it as a PNG or JPG file.

2. Using Windows+Print Screen keys

The method above requires you to paste the image into an image editing tool before you can save it into PNG/JPG file. If you are lazy enough to do so, you can opt to this second method. Simply press Windows+Print Screen keys and Windows 10 will start capturing the screen. The screenshot will be saved in Screenshots folder under the Pictures folder on your account.

3. Using Windows+Shift+S keys

The major downside of two methods above is that you can’t select certain region of the screen as they will take fullscreen screenshots. If you want to capture selected area of the screen, you can use this method. Press Windows+Shift+S keys and you will see your screen start blurry with a crosshair in the center area of the screen. Click-and-drag to select the area of which you want to take a screenshot and paste into Paint or an image editing tool you like. Yes, this method requires you to paste the image into an image editing before turning it into a PNG/JPG file.

Note: In order to use this feature, your computer must be updated to Creators Update.

4. Using Xbox Game Bar

You can also use Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10 to take screenshots. The downside of this method is that it only works in the opened apps and you won’t be able to take screenshots of File Explorer and Windows Settings. Also, you need to set the app you want to take the screenshot of as a game. To do so, press Windows+G keys and you should see the Xbox Game Bar as follows.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Once you see the Xbox Game Bar like above, you can click the camera button on the bar or press Windows+Alt+Print Screen keys. The screenshot will be saved in the Captures folder under the Videos folder on your account.

5. Using Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a default screenshot app offered by Windows 10. It is a simple app that you can use to take screenshots of your Windows 10 screen. You can find this app under the Windows Accessories folder on start menu. Snipping Tool offers four modes. You can select region, free form, window and full screen. It also offers a delay feature. Furthermore, Snipping Tool also has a feature to highlight certain area of the captured screen.

Simply click the New button to start taking screenshots.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Now that many millions of users around the world are using Windows 10, we figured it was time to cover some beginner basics. After all, some people are getting new PCs and laptops while others are installing Windows 10 on their Mac and need some help.

The ways to take a screenshot is our focus here today. Sure, you may know about Print Screen, but do you know all the other combos? What about if you are on a Surface? Moreover, what if you need something more powerful than the built-in apps?

We have you covered, so read on. You may be surprised at a few of these tricks.

Windows 10 Native Screenshots

1. Whole Desktop (copy to clipboard)

  • Key Combo: [PrtScn]

Probably the easiest and most popular method for screen capturing is by pressing the [PrtScn] key on your keyboard, assuming you have one. Print Screen copies everything visible in the UI to the clipboard and lets you paste it the image to Paint, another image editing app, Office, or any app that allows you to paste images. Even if you are running a multi-monitor setup, Print Screen grabs all the displays at once.

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2. Whole desktop + Auto-save

  • Key combo: [Win] + [PrtScn]

Building off of Print Screen, you can simultaneously press the Windows Key on your keyboard and [PrtScrn] at the same time. This method differs above in that it saves the image automatically to your Pictures > Screenshots directory. When using this style the screen briefly dims to let you know it captured and saved automatically.

3. Just an app

  • Key Combo: [Alt] + [PrtScn]

This handy key combo also builds off of Print Screen. However, instead of capturing the whole desktop and all opened apps, it captures the full window of an active app. Using this trick you can just screenshot an app for sharing and leave your desktop out of it.

4. Screencap + Share to Windows Apps

Key Combo: [Win] + [H]

Here is one that many people may not know (including ourselves). If you hit [Win] + [H] the OS will grab a screenshot and push it to the Share feature immediately. This trick lets you quickly snap a screen grab and push it to Outlook, Tweetium, or other Windows Apps from the Store.

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5. Snipping Tool to be precise

Search for Snipping Tool using Cortana/Search. This tool has been around for ages, but it is very handy for capturing specific areas of your screen. Under the New menu, you can choose from:

  • Free-form snip
  • Rectangular snip
  • Window Snip
  • Full-screen snip

The image is copied to your Clipboard, so you need something like Paint to paste to to view it. New in the Windows 10 version, you can add a delay to the capture, which is very useful for something that disappears when you hover over it with the mouse.

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Surface specific ways

1. Just an app

  • Key Combo: [ALT] + [FN] and [SPACE]

Press and hold the right-hand [ALT] + [FN] and then hit [SPACE] takes a screenshot within an app (but not the desktop)

2. Hardware keys

  • Key Combo: Win + Volume Down

This is the go-to method for screenshotting the whole display. Press and hold the Windows button and then press the volume down button. The screen dims for a second, and the image saves to the Screenshots folder in the Pictures library.

3. Surface Pen + OneNote

Using the Surface Pen, double-click the top button. Select what you want to capture in the screenshot by dragging the tip of the pen from one corner to the opposite corner. When you lift the pen tip, your selection appears in a new page in OneNote. You can then add more notes or drawing to the image.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

Third-party Apps

Besides all of these native solutions, you can venture out into the world of third-party apps. Why? Simple, like all third-party apps they tend to add many more features, customizations and are sometimes easier and more convenient. Here are a few that the community around here like:

  • Greenshot (Free) GetGreenshot.org
  • Screenshot (Free trial, $40) Screenshot.net
  • SnagIT (Free trial, $50) Techsmith.com/snagit.html
  • LightShot (Free) App.prntscr.com
  • Screenmask ($0.99) Windows Store Link

Screenmask is a neat Windows Store app that works with the Share option in other Windows Store apps. It is not ideal for desktop use but for those using tablets it can offer some handy editing options.

Do you have a screenshot solution that we missed? Do you know of a third-party app and want to recommend? Sound off in comments and let us know!

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How to quickly take and edit screenshots in Windows 10

  1. Hit WINDOWS + SHIFT + S.
  2. Wait for the Snippet tool overlay to appear.
  3. Choose from the top three options: rectangle clip, freeform clip, or fullscreen screenshot.

If selecting the first two, click and drag to create a selection of what you want to capture on-screen.

How to take screenshots in windows 10

  • Wait a couple of seconds for a notification to appear.
  • Your screenshot is now copied to the Windows clipboard, but you can click on the notification to load the image in Snip & Sketch to edit it.
  • Job done! Microsoft can sometimes work magic and this is a fine example that’ll save you from editing screenshots of the entire display in your favorite image editor. This method replaces the snippet tool, allowing you to work with the screenshots directly through the Windows clipboard.

    How to see all your previous screenshots

    In order to fully utilize the Windows clipboard, we have to make sure it’s active.

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    Turn on the clipboard if it’s not already enabled.

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  • All your screenshots (and everything else you copy within Windows) will be displayed here.
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    Screenshots come in handy when you’re working with technical support and need a picture of your screen to troubleshoot a problem. Screenshots are also an easy way to share a picture of the information on your computer screen. It’s easy to share screenshots with others using tools in Windows.

    Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

    Take a Screenshot With the Windows Snipping Tool

    The Snipping Tool is a quick way to capture screenshots of windows, full screens, or selections of a screen. After you grab a screenshot, send it to someone in an email message.

    On the left side of the Windows taskbar, select Start to open the Windows Start menu.

    In Windows 8, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and select Search.

    In the Search box, enter snipping tool.

    In the Search results, select Snipping Tool.

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    Select the Mode dropdown arrow.

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    Select the type of screenshot you want to capture.

    Select the area you want to capture in a screenshot.

    Select Save and choose where you want to save the screenshot. By default, the screenshot is named Capture. Change the name before saving, if you choose.

    If you plan to use the Snipping Tool frequently, save time by pinning it to your taskbar.

    Take a Screenshot With Windows Snip & Sketch

    In Windows 10, the Snip & Sketch tool lets you grab screenshots of windows, full screens, or selections that you can send in an email message.

    Type “snip” into the Windows search box.

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    Select Snip & Sketch under Apps. The Snip & Sketch window will open.

    Select New in the upper-left corner.

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    Select the mode you want to use in the Snip & Sketch bar that appears at the top of the window. Options include Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip.

    How to take screenshots in windows 10

    Select the area you want to capture in a screenshot.

    Select Save in the upper-right corner of the window and choose where you want to save the screenshot. By default, the screenshot is named Annotation along with the date and a sequential number. Change the name before saving if you choose.

    Email a Screenshot With Outlook

    No matter what email service you use, the screenshot you saved from the Snipping Tool can be sent as an attachment in an email. If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email service, create and send a screenshot from within an email message.

    Open Outlook and select New Email to open a new email message.

    Enter the recipient in the To field, enter a subject in the Subject field, and type your message.

    Place the cursor inside the body of the email message where you want to add a screenshot.

    On the ribbon, go to Insert.

    In the Illustrations group, select Screenshot. The Available Windows gallery appears and shows screenshots of all currently open windows.

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    Choose the window you want to insert. Or, select Screen Clipping at the bottom of the gallery to snip a part of the window you were viewing before you opened Outlook.

    How to take screenshots in windows 10

    Outlook adds the screenshot to your email message.

    Format the image as needed and finish the email.

    Select Send to mail the message with the screenshot.

    Take a snapshot to copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen. Use Snipping Tool to make changes or notes, then save, and share.

    Windows 10 has another screenshot app you might also like to try. When you open Snipping Tool, you’ll see an invitation and keyboard shortcut to Snip & Sketch. For more info on this app, see How to take and annotate screenshots on Windows 10.

    Capture any of the following types of snips:

    Draw a free-form shape around an object.

    Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

    Select a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.

    Capture the entire screen.

    When you capture a snip, it’s automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window where you make changes, save, and share.

    Open Snipping Tool

    Select the Start button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

    For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1

    Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then select Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

    Select the Start button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

    Work with your screenshots

    With your Snipping Tool open, select one of the following to create and work with your screenshots.

    In Snipping Tool, select Mode. In earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. Next, when you choose the kind of snip you want, you’ll see the whole screen change slightly to gray. Then, choosing from anything currently displayed on the screen, select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

    How to take screenshots in windows 10

    After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want to capture. For Windows 7, press the Esc key before opening the menu.

    Press Ctrl + PrtScn keys. The entire screen changes to gray including the open menu.

    Select Mode, or in earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. Select the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of the screen capture that you want to capture.

    After you capture a snip, you can write or draw on or around it by selecting the Pen or Highlighter buttons. Select Eraser to remove the lines you’ve drawn.

    After you capture a snip, select the Save Snip button.

    In the Save As box, type a file name, location, and type, and then select Save.

    When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from appearing:

    In the Snipping Tool, select the Options button.

    In the Snipping Tools Options box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, then select OK.

    After you capture a snip, select the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.