How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: three different ways

Screenshot is one of the most useful tools on phones and laptops. It is the easiest way to capture information shown on a screen. While it is straightforward to take a screenshot on a smartphone, the process is not that direct on a computer. If you have a Windows 10 PC then you have multiple options at your disposal.

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With the release of Windows, Microsoft has changed the way it releases new software updates. Instead of a new major software release, Microsoft offers incremental updates for Windows 10. Thus, we also have multiple ways to take screenshots of your screen. This largely varies by the kind of screen grab you are looking for at any moment.

With Windows 10, you have the option to take a screenshot of the entire screen. Or you have the option to take a screenshot of just a part of the screen. Even better, you have a tool that lets you snip some part of the screen. Here is a look at all the ways you can take a screenshot on a Windows 10 PC.

How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using PrtScn Key

PrtScn Key

On certain laptops, you might need to press Function Key simultaneously with PrtScn key to take screenshot

This is the most conventional way to take a screenshot on a Windows PC. You can simply press the “Print Screen (PrtScn)” key on your keyboard and take a screenshot of whatever is on your computer screen at that moment. The PrtScn key is usually found in the function row of a keyboard. On select laptops, you might need to press the Function (Fn) key first and then PrtScn key to take a screenshot.

Here are the various key combinations you can use with PrtScn key

  1. PrtScn: As mentioned above, pressing just PrtScn will copy the entire screen to the clipboard. You can paste it in any other program like Word or Paint and save in your library.
  2. Alt + PrtScn: When you press Alt and PrtScn together, it copies the active window to the clipboard and you can paste the same into another program.
  3. Windows Key + PrtScn: This key combination saves the entire screen as an image file which can be found in the Screenshots subfolder found inside the “Pictures” folder.
  4. Windows Key + Shift + S: The most useful key combination to take screenshot is Windows Key + Shift + S. When you press this key combination, the screen will dim and a mouse pointer will be shown. You can drag to select a portion of the screen to capture as a screenshot. As soon as you press enter, it will get copied to the clipboard. This OneNote feature was added with the release of Windows 10 Creators Update

How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using Snipping Tool

Windows Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool offers a lot of flexibility when taking screenshot on your PC

Some Windows users also like the Snipping Tool to capture screenshots. You can start the Snipping Tool from the Start Menu or pin it to Taskbar. You can select mode from the drop down menu and choose between full-screen to rectangular or free-form shape. Click New and start dragging the mouse once the screen is frozen. Once done, click file and then click save as and the name the file and save to your computer.

How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 with Game Bar

Windows 10 Game Bar

Windows 10 has a built-in tool called Game Bar to capture screenshot or record your gameplay

If you are playing games on Windows 10 then taking a screenshot is even easier. While playing the game, press the Windows key + G to get the Game Bar overlay. In that bar, you will see a camera icon to take a screenshot. When you press the camera button, the image is automatically saved. You can find it in the subholder called “Captures” within the “Videos” folder.

To start and stop recordings without Game Bar, use the keyboard shortcut Windows logo key + Alt + R. The screen will flash to indicate the start and end of recording. If background recording is on, Windows logo key  + Alt + G will record the last moments of play. You can also record your screen using the game bar tool.