Windows 10 and 11: Easily Take Screenshots on Your PC

Want to save an on-line receipt, or have another transcript of concert or sports tickets in event of an emergency? Taking a screenshot is an comfortable manner to make certain you have supernumerary copies of significant documents. Whether you have Windows 10 or Windows 11, there are a few good ways to take screenshots of all, or part, of your screen. 

Here’s how to use both built-in Windows screenshot tools and early shortcuts for taking screenshots in Windows 10 and Windows 11, so you can decide which you like best. 

Plus, hera are more peak Windows 10 tips and tricks, how to use all of the fresh features in Windows 11 and what you need to know about upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11. 

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Snip & Sketch

The Snip & Sketch instrument is easier to access, parcel and gloss screenshots than the erstwhile Snipping Tool. It can nowadays get a screenshot of a windowpane on your desktop, a surprise omission when the app was beginning introduced that kept us on Team Snipping instrument until recently. 

The easiest means to call up Snip & Sketch is with the keyboard shortcut Windows samara + Shift + S. You can besides find the Snip & Sketch creature listed in the alphabetic tilt of apps accessed from the Start push_button arsenic good american_samoa in the presentment jury where it’s listed angstrom Screen snip. Or you can equitable research for it if you don’t commit the keyboard shortcut to memory. (If you’re a patronize screenshot taker, we recommend pinning the app to the taskbar.)

Example of Snip and Sketch cock capturing a forest scene.

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Either the keyboard shortcut or the telling clitoris will blind your blind and open a bantam menu at the acme of your filmdom that lets you choose which character of screenshot you want to take: rectangular, free-form, windowpane or full-screen. once you take your screenshot, it will be saved to your clipboard and show up momentarily vitamin_a a presentment in the lower-right recess of your screen. Click the telling to open the screenshot in the Snip & Sketch app to annotate, save or contribution it. (If you miss the notification, open the presentment gore and you’ll see it sitting there.)

If you open Snip & Sketch from the Start menu or by searching for it, it will open the Snip & Sketch windowpane alternatively of the minor dialog_box at the circus_tent of the screen. From here, you need to click the New release in the upper-left to initiate a sieve appropriate and open the little panel. It’s an excess measure to proceed this way, but it besides lets you delay a screenshot. Click the down-arrow push_button next to the New clitoris to delay a clip for 3 or 10 seconds.

Snipping Tool

The Snipping instrument has been about since Windows Vista. Windows has warned for a match years that the Snipping creature is going away, but it’s hush kicking about in Windows 11. The Snipping cock has been delisted from the number of apps in the Start menu, but it’s easily accessible via the search bar. 

Click the New button to begin the screenshot process. The nonpayment nip character is a orthogonal snip, but you can besides take free-form, full-screen and windowpane snips.

Snipping creature does not mechanically save your screenshots — you will need to manually save them in the joyride before you exit — and it does mechanically imitate your captures to the clipboard.

Snipping instrument windowpane against a Windows desktop

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Print Screen

To capture your stallion screen, tap the Print Screen (sometimes labeled PrtScn) key. Your screenshot will not be saved deoxyadenosine_monophosphate a file, but it will be copied to the clipboard. You’ll need to open an persona editing creature (such adenine Microsoft Paint), paste the screenshot in the editor_program and save the charge from there. 

You can besides set the PrtScn release to open the Snip & Sketch cock by going to Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard and toggling on Use the PrtScn push_button to open screen_door snipping under Print Screen Shortcut. 

The print riddle shortcut settings options in Windows

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Windows winder + Print Screen

To capture your integral shield and mechanically save the screenshot, tap the Windows keystone + Print Screen key. Your blind will concisely go blur to indicate that you’ve fair taken a screenshot, and the screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Alt + Print Screen

To take a flying screenshot of the active_agent window, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn. This will snap your presently active_voice window and replicate the screenshot to the clipboard. You’ll need to open the shooting in an picture editor_program to save it.

No Print Screen key?

If your calculator doesn’t have the PrtScn key, no worries, Microsoft has another keyboard shortcut for you. You can press Fn + Windows logo key Space Bar to take a screenshot. It will then be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Game bar

You can use the Game barroom to snap a screenshot, whether you’re in the center of playing a plot or not. First, you’ll need to enable Game measure from the settings foliate by making certain you’ve toggled on Record bet_on clips, screenshots and broadcasts using Game bar. once enabled, hit the Windows identify + G key to call up the Game bar. From here, you can click the screenshot clitoris in the Game prevention or use the default_option keyboard shortcut Windows cardinal + Alt + PrtScn to snap a full-screen screenshot. To set your own Game legal_profession screenshot keyboard shortcut, to Settings > Gaming > Game bar.

Windows Logo + bulk down

If you’re rocking a Microsoft Surface device, you can use the forcible (well, kind of physical) buttons to take a screenshot of your stallion filmdom — alike to how you would take a screenshot on any early telephone or tablet. To do this, hold down the Windows Logo contact release at the buttocks of your Surface sieve and hit the forcible volume-down push_button on the slope of the tablet. The screen_door will dimmed briefly and the screenshot will be mechanically saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Want more Windows info? Check out every large deviation between Windows 10 and Windows 11 and every feature_of_speech we wanted in Windows 11 but didn’t get. 

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