There are several techniques you can employ to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer.
We’ve compiled all the top methods for taking a screenshot in Windows, whether you want to capture the entire screen or just a portion of it.
The Print Screen button
By hitting the Print Screen (PrtScn) key on your keyboard, you may quickly snap a screenshot of your full screen in Windows 10 or Windows 11.
Your clipboard will receive the screenshot. Paste the screenshot into any tool that lets you input images, such as Microsoft Word or Paint, to save the file.
The Windows key + Print Screen
Press the Windows key + PrtScn to take a screenshot in Windows 10 or Windows 11 and have the file saved automatically to the Screenshots folder. A screenshot of your complete screen will be saved to the folder as your screen dims.
Alt + Print Screen
Press Alt + PrtScn to only capture the window you are currently working in. You’ll need to paste the screenshot into another program in order to save it after it has been copied to your clipboard.
The Snipping Tool in Windows 11
Despite being there in Windows 10, the Snipping Tool isn’t typically the screenshot tool you’ll want to utilize. The Snipping Tool was significantly improved in Windows 11 and is currently the greatest method for taking personalized screenshots.
In Windows 11, you may either search for the Snipping Tool or launch it by pressing Windows Key + Shift + S. Your screen will dim and a toolbar with screenshot options will show up at the top, similar to Snip & Sketch. You can take a rectangle, freeform, full-window, or full-screen capture using this toolbar.
After you take a screenshot, it will be saved in the Screenshots folder and transferred to your clipboard so you can share it immediately. You can save and edit the preview by clicking the button that appears in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
The Game Bar
Most Windows apps and games have an overlay called the Game Bar that you may utilize to take pictures and film videos. To open and utilize it, adhere to these steps:
- Press Windows Key + G.
- In the overlay menu, click the Capture button – the camera icon – in the top menu to bring up the Capture menu.
- In the Capture menu, click the camera icon to take a screenshot. You can also record a video clip by pressing the record button, with the option to include audio by clicking the microphone icon.
Screenshots and video clips captured by the Game Bar are saved in PNG and MP4 format and you can find them in the Videos > Captures folder in File Explorer. You can also find them through the Game Bar’s Gallery, by clicking Show my captures > See my captures underneath the screenshot and recording buttons in the Capture menu.
Power + Volume Up
Press the Power Button + Volume Up Button on a Microsoft Surface device to take a screenshot of the Windows 10 operating system. Your screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder as the screen dims.