Some of you reading this are probably thinking: “Isn’t it simple to take a screenshot on Windows 10? Simply pressing the print screen button saves a screenshot to the clipboard!” And you’d be accurate; the simplest way to take a screenshot is to press the print screen button on your keyboard.
However, depending on your needs, Windows offers various alternative methods to screenshots, several of which are superior to just pressing the print screen button. So, below, we’ve outlined seven other techniques of screenshotting that you could find helpful in everyday life.
Print Screen (Alt + P)
We utilize this easy keyboard combination daily. Instead of recording the full Screen, Windows 10 will only capture the current window if you simultaneously press Alt and Print Screen. This is a great approach to capture just the most critical information on the Screen if you have an expansive display or numerous monitors with many active windows.
Similarly, when you hit the Print Screen key alone, Alt + Print Screen saves the picture to your clipboard. Please copy and paste the image into a program like Paint to see it.
Print Screen + Win
This is a beneficial keyboard combination you should include in your routine. By pressing Win + Print Screen, you may take a snapshot of the full screen and save it to your hard drive. The photographs are stored in the Pictures library’s Screenshots folder as PNG files.
If you want an image file made immediately from your screenshot, this is the application to utilize. It’s faster and simpler than printing the Screen and copying the picture into an image editing tool like Paint. Unfortunately, you cannot save a picture of the current window by pressing Alt + Win + Print Screen.
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H + Win
You may find the Win + H keyboard shortcut beneficial if you often utilize Universal Windows programs. By pressing these keys simultaneously, you will capture a screenshot of your current program and open a sharing panel, enabling you to insert and share this screenshot in other applications effortlessly.
It’s not as convenient for desktop users as the previous two shortcuts, but it’s another option to screenshot in Windows 10.
Volume Down + Windows
The last set of shortcuts is for tablet users. It’s simple: press the Windows button (or capacitive touch logo) while holding down the volume down button, and a snapshot of your full Screen will be saved to the Screenshot folder. Consider it a hardware equivalent of Win + Print Screen.
The Snipping Tool is one of several software options available in Windows. By enabling you to draw rectangles or free-form shapes around anything on your Screen, the software gives you more control over what precisely is captured in your snapshot. It also has a delay option to help you catch the precise moment. After the Snipping Tool has charged the desired region of your Screen, you may use the built-in features to annotate and highlight anything you like. The screenshot may then be saved as a picture to your disc.
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Setting up a hotkey (keyboard shortcut) to start the Snipping Tool is useful if you often capture screenshots. To do so, use Windows Explorer and go to the Windows / System32 folder. Locate SnippingTool.exe, right-click it, and choose Create Shortcut. This Shortcut may be placed in a concealed location, such as your Documents or Downloads folder. Then, right-click the Shortcut and select Properties. Set your Shortcut in the Shortcut Key area. I like using “Win Key + Shift + S” as my screenshot tool, but you could use something as simple as F7.
Some third-party applications have more capabilities, but the Snipping Tool provides all you need. It’s also bundled with Windows 10.
Ink Tools for Windows
There are various extra methods to take a screenshot in Windows 10 if you have a device that supports pen input through Windows Ink. One way is to launch the Ink Workspace by touching the pen symbol on the taskbar and then selecting screen sketch.’ From here, a full screenshot is collected and opened in an annotating window.
Another method is to double-tap the eraser button on your pen if your stylus supports this capability. The Surface Pen, which comes with several Microsoft Surface devices, is one such pen with this capability.
DVR for video games (in Games)
A screenshot function is included in Windows 10’s Game Bar and Game DVR. When you activate and enable the Game DVR, you can screenshot in games by pressing Win + Alt + Print Screen (or a shortcut of your choice). You’ll get a success message on the screen, and the photographs will be stored in the Captures folder of your Videos collection.
To enable the Game DVR screenshot function, launch the Xbox app, go to the Game DVR tab of the settings menu, and select the box labeled “record game clips and screenshots using Game DVR.” This screenshot capability is only available in games, and the Xbox app does an excellent job distinguishing between what is and isn’t a game. If no match is identified, open the Game Bar with Win + G and tick the “Yes, this is a game” box.