8 ways to take a screenshot on Windows 10 and Windows 11

  • To take a screenshot in Windows 10 or Windows 11, you can use the Print Screen push_button or apps like Snipping Tool.
  • If you want to take a blind recording, you can use the Game Bar by pressing the Windows Key + G.
  • Third-party apps crack evening more features, like mechanically uploading screenshots to the internet.

If you need to get a screenshot of something on your computer, both Windows 10 and Windows 11 volunteer a assortment of methods for doing equitable that. 

Whether you want to save the stallion filmdom or fair a part of it, we’ve rounded up all the best ways to take a Windows screenshot.

The Print Screen button

The Print Screen samara is on the peak quarrel of keys.

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The easiest manner to take a screenshot on Windows 10 or Windows 11 is with the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. To appropriate your integral screen, merely imperativeness PrtScn on the upper-right slope of your keyboard. 

In Windows 10, the screenshot will be copied to your clipboard. To save the file, paste the screenshot into any plan that allows you to insert images, like Microsoft Word or Paint.

Paste your screenshot into a air like Paint to save and edit it.

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In Windows 11, pressing the PrtScn clitoris will save the screenshot to your computer’s give Screenshots booklet — you can find it by opening the File Explorer and clicking Pictures on the left_field side. And if you have it enabled, it’ll besides save the screenshot to your OneDrive.

The Windows winder + Print Screen

You can mechanically save screenshots by pressing the Windows Key along with Print Screen.

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To take a screenshot on Windows 10 and mechanically save the file, crush the Windows keystone + PrtScn. Your sieve will go blind and a screenshot of your stallion screen_door will save to the Screenshots folder.

In Windows 11, pressing the Windows identify + PrtScn will save a painting of your integral riddle to the Screenshots booklet and transcript the mental_picture to your clipboard. This will let you immediately paste the movie onto a sociable media post, artwork app, and more.

Alt + Print Screen 

To get lone the active_agent windowpane you’re working in, wardrobe Alt + PrtScn. In Windows 10 this will imitate it to your clipboard, so you’ll need to paste it into another platform to save it; in Windows 11, it’ll both replicate and save it to the Screenshots booklet right_field away.

The Snip & Sketch instrument in Windows 10

Windows 10’s Snip & Sketch is the best means to screenshot on Windows if you’re looking to customize, annotate, or parcel your shield captures. 

To activate Snip & Sketch, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S. Your blind will blur and a miniskirt menu will appear at the acme of your screen, giving you the choice to take a rectangular, free-form, window, or full-screen capture. 

This keyboard jazz_band works in both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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With these Snip & Skitch options, you can choose how you’d like to take a screenshot: 

ModeFunction Rectangular Size a rectangle for your screenshot. Free-formDraw free-hand with your cursor. WindowChoose a particular windowpane to capture. Full-screenGrab an persona of your stallion screen. 

Click the menu to take a rectangular, free-form, window, or full-screen appropriate (from leave to right).

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After you get the screenshot, it’ll be saved to your clipboard and a preview presentment will appear in the lower-right recess of your screen.

Click on the preview telling to open the Snip & Sketch app and save, share, or edit the screenshot with the available lottery tools.

The Snipping Tool in Windows 11

The Snipping Tool exists in Windows 10, but it’s not normally the screenshot creature you’ll want to use. But in Windows 11, the Snipping Tool got a major upgrade, and it’s nowadays the best direction to take customs screenshots.

To start the Snipping Tool in Windows 11, you can research for it or good press the Windows Key + Shift + S. Like with Snip & Sketch, your filmdom will dimmed and a toolbar of screenshot options will appear at the circus_tent of the screen. This toolbar will let you take a rectangular, freeform, full-window, or full-screen capture.

The Snipping Tool looks merely like Snip & Sketch.

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Once you’ve taken your screenshot, it’ll be copied to your clipboard so you can contribution it correct away. And if you click the preview that pops up in the bottom-right recess of your screen, you’ll be able to save and edit it.

You can edit your screenshot correct away.

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The Game Bar 

The Game Bar is an sheathing you can use within most Windows apps and games to take screenshots and phonograph_record video. To open the Game Bar, urge Windows Key + G

Quick tip: If the Game Bar doesn’t open, make certain it’s enabled. To enable the Game Bar, search “Game barroom settings” and in the menu, toggle_switch on “Record plot clips, screenshots, and circulate using Game Bar.”

On the overlie menu, click the television_camera painting to appropriate a full-screen screenshot. You can besides criminal_record a video_recording cartridge_holder by pressing the read button, with the choice to include sound_recording by clicking the microphone icon.  

You can take screenshots or sieve recordings with the Game Bar.

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Screenshots and television clips captured by the Game Bar are saved in PNG format to the Videos > Captures folder. You can besides find it through the Game Bar, by clicking “Show all captures” underneath the screenshot and record buttons. 

Power + volume Up

To take a screenshot on Windows 10 with a Microsoft Surface device, weigh the Power Button + bulk Up Button. The screen_door will dim, and your screenshot will save to the Pictures > Screenshots folder. 

Important: To take a screenshot on a Surface 3 or earlier, you’ll need to compress the Windows Logo + book Down Button. 

Third-party screenshot apps for Windows 

If you’re unsated with any of the built-in Windows methods, there are third-party screenshot tools deserving considering, each with their own supernumerary offerings.

Screenshot apps like Lightshot are utilitarian for sociable sharing.

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  • Lightshot is a rid screenshot cock designed for flying sociable sharing. When you download and install Lightshot on Windows 10, it replaces the Print Screen affair and offers more edit capabilities.
  • Greenshot is another dislodge joyride that allows you to edit and customize screenshots, arsenic good american_samoa the choice to capture a dispatch scroll vane page.
  • Snagit is a screenshot instrument that allows you to create inspire GIFs, take full-page screenshots, and more. The downside? The agio adaptation costs $50. There’s besides a 30-day exempt trial, although any video_recording you capture during this test will be watermarked.

William Antonelli (he/she/they) is a writer, editor, and organizer based in New York City. As a founding member of the Reference team, he helped grow Tech Reference (now part of Insider Reviews) from humble beginnings into a juggernaut that attracts over 20 million visits a month.

Outside of Insider, his writing has appeared in publications like Polygon, The Outline, Kotaku, and more. He’s also a go-to source for tech analysis on channels like Newsy, Cheddar, and NewsNation.

You can find him on Twitter @DubsRewatcher, or reach him by email at [email protected]

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