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StepsHow to Capture a screenshot with Windows

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It is very easy to take a screenshot in windows. In this tutorial, we will show five different methods to do it.
Most of these methods work in any version of Windows.

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Requirements

  • Windows OS
  • Windows 8/10 for method 1
  • Windows 10 for method 4
  • Non-Starter/Basic Windows OS for method 4
  • Windows 10 Creators Update for method 6

Tools and commands used

  • Screenshots Folder
  • PrtScn (Print Screen) Button
  • Windows Button
  • Alt, Shift, and Ctrl Buttons
  • Letters S, E, and V
  • Microsoft Paint or similar
  • Snipping Tool

Method 1: Capturing directly to Screenshots folder (Windows Key + PrtScn)

Windows 8 and 10 allows you to take a screenshot and store it directly inside the Screenshots folder found in the Pictures folder.
To do this you need to press:

Windows Key + PrtScn (Print Screen) Buttons
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The captured image is stored as mentioned above inside the Screenshots folder. If you can't find the folder, press:

Windows Key + E Buttons

This will open the File Explorer window. Type the following in the address bar of File Explorer:

shell:My Pictures\Screenshots

You can then copy or edit your image using Microsoft Pain or any other similar program.

If you would like to know how to change the default location of the Screenshots folder, please follow the following tutorial:

Method 2: Capturing the entire screen (PrtScn)

To capture the entire screen, press:

PrtScn (Print Screen) Button
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Windows will copy the captured image of the entire screen into the Clipboard. This means that you have to paste the image into a painting program, such as Microsoft Paint, so you can crop the image or edit it as you like. To start Microsoft Paint, press:

Windows Key to open the Start menu
Type Paint while the Start menu open
Click on Paint
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To paste the image, press:

Ctrl + V

Method 3: Capturing a specific window (Alt + PrtScn)

To capture a specific window, click on that window and then press:

Alt + PrtScn (Print Screen) Buttons
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Windows will copy the image of that window into the Clipboard where you can then paste it into your favorite painting program as in method 2.

Method 4: Capturing a specific area of the screen using the keyboard

There are two different ways to capture a specific area of the screen. First, we will show you how to do it using a combination of keys and later in method 6 using Snipping Tool program.

To start the selection, press:

Windows Key + Shift + S
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When the entire screen is highlighted, the mouse arrow will change to + sign. To start the capture, click and hold the left mouse button and draw a box around the area you are interested in capturing. When the mouse button is released, the image will be stored in the Clipboard where you can then paste it into your favorite painting program as in method 2.

Method 5: Capturing a specific area of the screen using Snipping Tool

Capturing a specific area of the screen requires a program called Snipping Tool. Snipping Tool is not available in the starter or the basic edition of windows, but available in all other versions of window.

To start the Snipping Tool program, press:

Windows Key to open the Start menu
Type Snipping Tool while the Start menu is open
Click on Snipping Tool
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Optional: when the program starts, you can change the mode of capturing by clicking on the mode button as sown below:

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To start capturing, click on new and draw the selection of what you need to capture.

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After the capture is done, you can then save the image by clicking on File+Save As.

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