If you are a Windows OS user, then you mostly need to take screenshots.
- A screenshot is an image of the whole display screen or some portion of the display screen.
You may want to take screenshot of some online information or transaction and you want to share that image with some other users, then you need to know how to take screenshots on windows with built-in tools or some other third party tools.
This tech guide shows you different methods: how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 or on all other versions of Windows OS.
- 1 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 – Different Methods
- 2 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Keyboard Shortcut Keys
- 3 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Built-In Snipping Tool (Free Tool)
- 4 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Snagit (Paid Tool)
- 5 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using PicPick (Free Tool)
- 6 How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 – Final Summary:
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 – Different Methods
What you will learn in this guide:
- How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Keyboard Shortcut Keys
- Take Screenshots By Using Built-In Snipping Tool (Free Tool)
- Take Screenshots In Windows 10 By Using Snagit (Paid Tool)
- How To Take a Screenshot On Windows By Using PicPick (Free Tool)
Now I will explain each method in details to capture screenshots.
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Keyboard Shortcut Keys
There are different shortcut keys available to take screenshots on windows OS. These shortcut keys will work in all versions of Microsoft Windows OS. Let’s take a brief look: how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 or on all other versions of Windows OS by using keyboard shortcut keys.
- Press the PrntScr button to copy the whole screen to the clipboard.
- Press the Windows+PrntScr buttons on your keyboard to save the whole screen to a file.
- Press the Alt+PrntScr buttons to copy the currently active window to the clipboard.
Take Screenshot with PrntScr Button (Manually Save Screenshot of Whole Display of Computer)
It is one of the most popular methods used by the windows OS users for taking the screenshots.
The Shortcut key PrntScr / PrtSc / PrintScr is generally located on the upper right corner of keyboard.
Simply by pressing the PrntScr button on your keyboard, the whole display of your computer screen will be taken and stored to clipboard of computer.
After taking screenshot, open MS Paint or any other image editing program and paste the screenshot.
Whenever you want to take screenshot, just press the PrntScr key, screenshot will be saved to clipboard.
But you need to paste it to MS Paint. Open the MS Paint from start menu and simply paste the screenshot to MS Paint.
Edit the image according to your requirement and saved it to preferred location in your computer.
Take Screenshot with Win+PrntScr Button (Auto Save Screenshot of Whole Display of Computer)
With this trick, you can automatically save the screenshot to your computer directly.
You don’t need any image editing tool like MS Paint to paste the screenshot and save it on your commuter manually.
By just pressing Window key and PrntScr key altogether, your whole computer screen will be captured and automatically saved to your system.
This is one of the smartest ways to take screenshot on windows OS.
When you press Win+PrntScr key altogether, your computer screen may dim for a while but screenshot will be captured and saved to your computer directly.
You can check your screenshot in this location: C:\Users\Your User Name\Pictures\Screenshots.
For Example: C:\Users\PC Geek\Pictures\Screenshots. PC Geek in this location is computer user name.
Take Screenshot with Alt+PrntScr Button (Manually Save Screenshot of Just One Active Window of Computer)
By pressing Alt key and PrntScr key altogether, you can take screenshot of any active window on your computer screen.
Click or open the window you want to screenshot, press Alt+PrntScr key altogether.
Screenshot will be captured to clipboard of your computer. Just paste it to some image editing program.
Open MS Paint from start menu of your windows 10; paste the screenshot to the MS Paint.
Edit the image according to your requirements and saved it to your desired location in your computer.
Follow steps above to take screenshots on Windows 10 or on other versions of Windows OS by using default keyboard shortcut keys.
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Built-In Snipping Tool (Free Tool)
Let’s take a brief look: how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 or on all other versions of Windows OS by using Snipping Tool.
What is Snipping Tool?
Snipping Tool is an excellent desktop application to take screenshots.
Microsoft developed it and built-in included in all versions of Microsoft OS like Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 /8.1 and Windows 10.
It is very simple and easy software which helps you to take screenshots of a specific part of the computer screen and store it immediately as an image.
It can take screenshots of the whole computer screen, any active or open window, a free-form area or even a rectangular area.
How To Open Snipping Tool?
For Windows 10:
Type Snipping Tool in Cortana Search on desktop taskbar, Snipping Tool will display on Cortana search results.
Press enter or click on Snipping Tool. Snipping Tool window will display.
For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1:
Open the Run Box by pressing Windows key + R on keyboard.
Run window will display on screen.
Type snippingtool in the Run field and press enter. Snipping Tool window will display.
This method to open Snipping Tool will work in all versions of Windows OS including Windows 10.
How To Take Screenshots By Snipping Tool
Four different screenshots options are offered in Windows Snipping Tool.
First Option is Free-form Snip: With this option, you can make a line of your choice on your computer screen and can select any area of your choice randomly.
Second option is Rectangular Snip: With this option, you can draw a line in rectangle form on your computer display screen. When you select this option, you can make a rectangular shape with your mouse cursor.
Third option is Window Snip: With this option, you can select a whole window on your screen. For example, if you received an error message on your computer screen, you can simply capture this error message with this Window Snip option.
Fourth option is Full-Screen Snip: With this option, you can take the screenshot of whole screen just like you press PrntScr button on your keyboard.
For example, take a screenshot by using Free-form Snip Mode.
(For Snipping Tool in Windows 10)
Click on Mode Menu and select Window Snip from drop down menu. Now click on New button on Snipping tool.
(For Snipping Tool in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 / 8.1)
Click on New button and select Free-form Snip from drop down menu.
Draw a line of your choice on your display screen with your mouse cursor or select any area or object you want to screenshot by dragging your mouse around the object.
Your desired area will be surrounded by red line after dragging mouse cursor around the screenshot area.
As soon as you free the mouse button, the surrounded area by red line is instantly copied to the Snipping Tool window.
Now save the screenshot to the desired location on computer.
Similarly, you can also take screenshot by using Rectangular Snip or Window Snip or Full-Screen Snip.
If you select Full-Screen snip from Mode menu and then click on New button.
Screenshot of whole computer screen will be taken and instantly displayed to Snipping Tool Window, where you can save screenshot to preferred location.
Follow steps above to take screenshots on Windows 10 or on other versions of Windows OS by using built-in Snipping Tool.
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using Snagit (Paid Tool)
Snagit from TechSmith is a powerful tool for capturing screenshots on windows 10 and on other versions of Microsoft windows.
It is available to download for both windows OS and Macs OS.
With this tool, you can edit your screenshots according to your requirements within Snagit Software.
It offers a lot of features to take and edit screenshots, but it is a paid tool from TechSmith.
15-days free trial is available for user’s satisfaction. If you are satisfied with Snagit performance, you can buy full subscription.
Follow steps below to take a screenshot on windows 10 or on other Windows OS.
First of all, you need to download Snagit from TechSmith.
15-days free trial is available. Go for free trial or you can also download full version after paid subscription.
Install it on your windows OS to enjoy premium features of Snagit screen capturing tool.
Open Snagit on your computer. Snagit windows will display on your computer screen.
Select the “Image” from left menu. From image menu, select Region, Windows or Full Screen option from “Selection” drop down menu.
Now you are ready to take screenshot on windows OS.
Just click on red button “Capture” to take screenshot.
After clicking on red “Capture” button, you can take screenshot of any region, any windows or full screen of your computer display.
If you select “Scrolling Window” option from selection drop down menu, you can even take screenshot of entire webpage and any other documents on your computer.
After taking screenshot with Snagit tool, your screenshot image will show in Snagit Editor Window.
You can edit and crop your screenshot image according to your choice.
There are lot of editing options available in Snagit Editor Window to edit your screenshot image and saved to your desired location in your computer.
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 By Using PicPick (Free Tool)
PicPick from NGWIN is a great tool for taking screenshots on windows OS.
It is a free tool for non-commercial users. For commercial users, it is available with premium subscription.
It offers several additional functions such as Fixed Region, Scrolling Window and Window Control.
Follow steps below to take a screenshot on windows 10 or on other Windows OS by using PicPick.
First of all, download PicPick from NGWIN, you can also download portable version of PicPick.
Portable version is a great option from PicPick. You can keep portable version in USB or some other memory stick and can run it without installing on your system.
Open PicPick from your computer. You will see a lot of screenshot options in PicPick tool like New Task Menu, Screen Capture Menu and Graphic Accessories Menu.
Note that: When PicPick is installed on your computer, windows default shortcut keys will be used by PicPick.
Choose the screenshot type you want to take from PicPick Screen Capture Menu. Most important options are:
- Capture Full Screen
- Capture Active Window
- Capture Window Control
- Capture Scrolling Windows
- Capture Region
- Capture Fixed Region
- Capture FreeHand
- Repeat Last Capture
You will see a lot of options.
Just took the screenshot of your choice.
Screenshot image will be displayed in PicPick editing window. Now you can edit the image according to your requirement.
Just do a little bit editing and saved the screenshot image on your computer.
How To Take a Screenshot On Windows 10 – Final Summary:
So here is a quick recap to refresh your memory:
- Take Screenshot By Using Keyboard Shortcut Keys
- Take a Screenshot By Using Built-In Snipping Tool (Free Tool)
- Take Screenshot In Windows 10 By Using Snagit (Paid Tool)
- Take Screenshots In Windows By Using PicPick (Free Tool)
There are a lot of other options available to take screenshots on windows 10 and on other versions of Microsoft Windows OS.
But this tech guide covers the best methods to take screenshots on windows OS with free and paid tools.
Just give them a try and provide your feedback below in comments.