Screenshot is a photo of the display on a computer screen and in today’s article you will be reading different ways to take a screenshot in Windows 10
The screenshot is one of the useful feature of all the modern devices and just like MacBooks, iOS, and Android devices, you can also take a screenshot in Windows 10 computers or Laptops. By default it has lots of options that works fine, especially when you try to take a screenshot.
On the other hand, there are lots of third party utilities and Windows 10 apps available make it easier to take a screenshot because of additionals features.
Keeping this thing in mind that there are users who don’t know to take a screenshot in Windows 10. I decided to cover all the possible ways to capture a screenshot in Windows 10
- How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10
- 1. Capture Particular Region (Keyboard Shortcut)
- 2. Whole Screen (copy to clipboard)
- 3. Whole Desktop + Auto Save
- 4. Just an App (current screen)
- 5. Screen Cap and Share to Windows App
- 6. Snipping Tool (Specific Part)
- 7. Screenshots from CMD
- 8. Windows 10 Surface Devices (Different Ways)
- 9. Third Party Apps
- 10. Take using Game bar
How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10
So without further delay, why don’t you check out all of them and pick the one which you find easy.
1. Capture Particular Region (Keyboard Shortcut)
This new feature to capture a screenshot of selected area will be part of Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1704). To take a screenshot of a particular region, you need to press WIN + SHIFT + S hotkeys and the active screen will get blurred. You just need to select the particular region of which you want to save screenshot and it will be copied to a clipboard.
Now with the help of Paint or another photo editor save it.
2. Whole Screen (copy to clipboard)
This is the easiest and most commonly used method to take a screenshot of the whole screen of Windows PC. For that:
- You just need to click on Prt Scr button on the keyboard, screenshot will be copied to the clipboard.
- To save this file, simply launch the Paint app or any other image editing app and then press CTRL + V. The image will be copied there, if you want to edit the image you can do it too here or else simply save the file.
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3. Whole Desktop + Auto Save
This is also an easy way to save the desktop picture without editing. For this, you just need to press Window key+ Prt Scr key simultaneously and with this current image of the desktop will be saved automatically into OneDrive folder at this location Pictures->Screenshots.
In case, you’ve disabled or uninstalled OneDrive from Windows 10, then the captured screenshots will be saved in the folder named as Screenshot under Pictures folder.
For autosaving the screenshot, you don’t need to do anything to save the image.
4. Just an App (current screen)
This method is used if you want the image of current screen or any specific app that you are using right now. For this, press ALT+ Prt Scr button simultaneously and a screenshot would be saved of the app you are using.
For example, if you’re using Teamviewer application, and you want to share username and password of it with your friend, then simply press the mentioned keys and it will automatically check the active application and save it with the same dimension.
This method is very useful for the writer who covers tutorials.
This method is very rarely used by users and not much popular among the community. This is just a two key method to take a screenshot of the whole screen and share it quickly using the selected app. For that, you need to:
- Press the Window key+ H button from the keyboard and this will bring the share feature from the right side of the screen.
- From the list of the application simply select the one and in no second screenshot of the whole screen will be saved and pushed to Share feature.
This way will let you share your saved picture to Outlook, Tweetium or any other app from Windows Store.
6. Snipping Tool (Specific Part)
Spinning Tool was first introduced in Windows 7 and also the part of Windows 10. With the help of this tool, you can capture an image of a particular part of the Screen of Windows 10 PC. To use this tool:
- Click on the Windows 10 Start menu search bar and type Spinning Tool. From the results click on the Spinning tool to launch it.
- The Snipping tool window will appear on the computer screen with different options. You need to click on the New menu and in no second the whole screen will be faded.
- Now using the cursor, select the area of the screen of which you want to take a screenshot. This will save the screenshot of selected area and launch its own image edit.
- Here you can use inbuilt features of the application like Free- form snip, Rectangular snip, Window snip, Full- screen snip according to your requirement for taking a screenshot.
This method is little tricky but useful for capturing an image of the particular region.
7. Screenshots from CMD
This method is not well known among the users and this feature is also not already present in CMD. You need to download and install a free add-on NirCMD and run it as administrator (imp) and then click on Copy to Windows Directory
Now in the command prompt, type the following command and hit enter.
nircmd.exe saves screenshot, "D:\examplescreenshot.png"
Here D is the drive in which you want to save the screenshot and “examplescreenshot” is the name of the file. Remember not to enter space in the name else it would not save.
8. Windows 10 Surface Devices (Different Ways)
- Hardware Keys: This method is used to capturing the whole screen just by clicking Window key+ Volume down button.
- Just an App: Press and hold Alt key on right side + fn button and then press space.
- Surface + One Note: Using Surface Pen, double click on the top button and select the area you want to capture and drag it to One Note to save it.
9. Third Party Apps
Third Part Apps are also the best way to take screenshots and may be more convenient, easy to use and offers more customizations features. With the help of screencasting apps, you can easily take a screenshot and can edit it with different tools provided by these apps. List of some apps that can help you in taking screenshots are:
In case, you’re interested in checking the names of these apps, then check the following list of apps for taking screenshots in Windows 10:
- LightShot (Free)
- GreenShot (Free)
- Snag IT (Free Trial)
- Screenshot (Free Trial)
10. Take using Game bar
Windows 10 comes with lots of hidden features and one out of them is game DVR capability to record the gameplay as well as capture the screenshot of Windows PC games. The screenshot captured by Game Bar is saved in .png format and is saved at following location C:\Users\[your username]\Videos\Captures.
But before you start taking advantage of this feature, you need to open the Xbox app which comes preinstalled in Windows 10. In the settings of the app under “Game DVR” toggle “Take a screenshot using DVR” and set any keyboard shortcut of your choice.
Now you’re set. To take a screenshot:
- Press WIN + G keyboard shortcut.
- After that, you need to make a click or tap on the “Yes, this is a game” if appear.
- In the Game Bar click on the capture icon to take a screenshot.
Note: Screenshot will only be saved if you the option mentioned in step 2.
To check the screenshot, click on the notification and it will open at Xbox -> Game DVR -> On this PC. Here you can rename the image file.
To save your time, you can visit the following location to grab the screenshots quickly: This PC -> Videos -> Captures.
So these are all possible ways to take a screenshot in Windows 10. Why don’t you give a try to these methods and let us know your favorite one? You can also share with us any other good way in the comments if I forget to mention any.
In case, you want to take a screenshot of Windows 10 login screen? Check out detailed tutorial: How to Take Screenshot of Windows 10 Login Screen