7 ways to take a screenshot on every Windows 10 system


Taking screenshots on a Windows 10 device or tablet is easy. If you need to take a screenshot of something on your computer screen, Windows 10 has a number of options. If you want to save the whole screen or only a portion of it, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular methods for taking a screenshot in Windows 10.


The Print Screen (PrtScn) key on Windows 10 is the simplest way to take a screenshot. Simply click PrtScn on the upper-right side of your keyboard to grab the whole screen. Your clipboard will be saved with the screenshot. Paste the screenshot into any software that helps you to insert images, such as Microsoft Word or Paint, to save the file.

Print Screen + Windows

Click the Windows key + PrtScn to take a screenshot on Windows 10 and save it automatically. Your computer will fade, and a snapshot of your entire screen will be saved to Pictures > Screenshots.

Print Screen + Alt + Print Screen

Click Alt + PrtScn to grab only the active window you’re operating in and copy it to your Clipboard. To save it, you’ll have to copy it and paste it into another programmed.

Tool for snipping and sketching

If you want to customize, annotate, or post your screen captures, Snip & Sketch is the easiest way to do so on Windows.

Using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S to start Snip & Sketch. Your screen will dim, and a mini menu will appear at the top, allowing you to catch a rectangle, free-form, window, or full-screen image.

To take a rectangle, free-form, pane, or full-screen capture, use the menu (from left to right).

To take a rectangle, free-form, pane, or full-screen capture, use the menu (from left to right). Insider/William Antonelli

You can select how you want to take a screenshot with these Snip & Skitch options:

Tool for Snipping

Though Snip & Sketch will soon replace the Snipping Tool on Windows, you can still take screenshots with the old tool in Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.

You’ll have to look for the Snipping Tool in the search bar to get started. After customising your snapshot with the “Mode” button, press the “New” button to catch your screen.

You can also use the “Delay” dropdown menu to schedule your capture for up to five seconds. After you took a screenshot, it will appear in a new window where you can annotate, copy, or upload it with Microsoft Outlook.

Bar of Games

The Game Bar is a screenshot and video recording overlay that you can find in most Windows 10 applications and games. Click Windows Key + G to bring up the Game Bar.

To take a full-screen snapshot, go to the overlay menu and press the button key. You can also record a video clip by pressing the record button and selecting the microphone icon to provide audio. The Game Bar saves screenshots and video clips in PNG format to the Videos > Captures folder. It’s also accessible from the Game Bar, where you can press “Show all captures” under the screenshot and recording controls.

Up the wattage and volume

Click the Power Button + Volume Up Button on a Microsoft Surface computer to take a screenshot in Windows 10. Your snapshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder after the screen dims.

Apps for taking screenshots on Windows from third parties

If none of the built-in Windows methods satisfy you, there are a number of third-party screenshot applications to explore, each with its own set of features.

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