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How to Take Screenshot in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7

Do you want to know how to take Screenshot in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7 with different ways?

Do you want to take screenshot of full or part screen?

Do you want to automatically save screenshot or edit it before saving?

If you need to do any of the above, then you’ve landed to the right article which covers all of these. Here in this article, you will find different ways of taking a screenshot on Windows.

These methods apply to all the latest version of Windows operating system such as Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7. However, if any method doesn’t work for a particular windows version, I’ll prompt and suggest alternatives.

Also see: How to take screenshot on Macbook

All of the methods are built-in features of Windows operating system and you need not to download any software or third party app. You can chose to let screenshot saved automatically in a folder or copy to clipboard to edit it with your favorite photo editor before saving it as final version.

Why do I need to take a screenshot at all?

I have my own reasons and you will have different reasons. Its my habit whenever I do any financial transaction (payment through CC or Digital Wallet), I take screenshot of the final payment confirmation page for future reference.

This screenshot is useful in case the merchant claims that it didn’t receive my payment. In that case, I can show them the screenshot which generally have transaction number and other details of the payment made.

You can have other reasons. For example, you want to take screenshot of the score you have achieved in a game and want to share it with your friends on Facebook or other social media websites.

So the reason of taking a Screenshot could be anything, and if you are on Windows and want to learn different methods of taking a screenshot, continue reading this article till the end. By the end, you will be able to take screenshot through different methods on different versions of Windows operating system. In case one method doesn’t work for you, the other will.

How to take screenshot in Windows 10, Window 8 & 8.1, Windows 7

So in this post, I’m going to discuss several different methods of taking a screenshot in Windows. If any method doesn’t work with a particular version, I’ll mention. Take a look

Method:1- Take Screenshot of entire window and copy to clipboard

STEP:1– Open documents/ picture you want to take screenshot of.

STEP:2– Press PRTSC button as shown in below image. The screenshot will be copied to clipboard.

Screenshot on Windows 10

STEP:3– Open your favorite photo editor. I use built-in application- paintbrush ! Open paintbrush and click Paste > Paste as shown in below image. Edit the image if you need to and hit the save button to save screenshot.

Screenshot paste in paintbrush

 

Method: 2- Take Screenshot of entire window and save it automatically 

This method is ideal if you want to take screenshot of whole window and automatically save in a folder. In this method the screenshot is not copied to clipboard that you could further edit like add call out button or text. It gets saved in a folder just as you press keys for taking screenshot.

STEP:1– This method again will capture whole window, so make sure you open only those documents or images that you want to take screenshot of.

STEP:2– Press “Windows” + “Prt sc” buttons. You will notice computer screen gets dimmed for a second that confirms your screenshot is saved.

Screenshot saved

STEP:3– Now go to PC > Pictures > Screenshots and you will find the screenshot that you have just taken. The name of the screenshot should be “Screenshot(number).png“. So if you have taken screenshot for the first time, the name of this first screenshot would be “Screenshot(1).png” and the number will keep on increasing with each new screenshot.

 

Screnshot on Windows

By default, the file is saved in .png format which is considered one of the best format for pictures. You can always open this file with picture editor and edit it. You can also change the format with save as option.

Windows 10 Users can find the file by opening Photo app and then selecting Folder > Pictures > Screenshots as well.

Method:3- Take Screenshot of active window and copy to clipboard

This method can be used for taking screenshot of active window. Here again the screenshot will get copied to clipboard.

STEP:1– Open files/ documents you want to capture in the screenshot. It will take screenshot of active window.

STEP:2– Press Alt + PntSc keys and the screenshot will get copied to Clipboard.

STEP:3– Open paintbrush and click Paste > Paste. Check below image. If you use other photo editor than paintbrush, press Ctrl + V.

Alt + Pntsc

You can again edit the screenshot with photo editor or save it in other format.

Method:4- Take Screenshot of entire/part window with snipping tool

Snipping tool is a built-in application in all the modern versions of Windows operating system. If your machine runs Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, you can take screenshot with this application with ease.

Unlike above methods where you don’t have control over the area to be included in the screenshot, this method allows you to select area manually. For example, if you have several windows opened on the screen and you want to take screenshot of only a particular window, you can do that ! How? I’ll show you below.

Once you take screenshot it opens in Snipping tool itself where you can do some basic editing stuff like crop, adding solid square block or text. Take a look.

How to find Snipping tool?

If you are a windows 10 user, Click the windows icon at the bottom left corner and the type “Snipping tool” in the search box as shown in below image.

Snipping tool will appear in the search. Click to start it.

Screenshot with Snipping Tool

How to take Screenshot with Snipping Tool

STEP:1– Open snipping tool and click “New” button as below image. The moment you press this button, the screen will go fade and the mouse cursor will change into crosshair. Faded screen means you are ready to select the area.

Screenshot with snipping tool

STEP:2–  Press and hold mouse right click and drag it from one point to other. To put in a simpler term, select the area you wan to capture in this screenshot. I’ve shown in below image how it can be done. You can see the selected area as I’ve highlighted it with red doted rectangle.

Screenshot with snipping tool (select area)

STEP:4– Release the click. The screenshot will be taken and opened in Snipping tool itself. You can either save the screenshot as it is or edit it with edit tools available.

Screenshot taken with Snipping Tool

This method comes handy as you need not to press any key (sometimes you dont have those shortcut keys on the keyboard) and it also gives you flexibility to select area you want to capture in the screenshot.

Method:5- Take Screenshot of selected area and auto save (without editing tool)

If you are among those who like shortcuts including me, then this option is pretty cool for taking screenshot with flexibility to select area and auto save the screenshot.

(NOTE: this method will work with Windows 10 only)

STEP:1– Open document or picture you want to take screenshot of.

STEP:2– Press “Windows” + “Shift” + “S” and the mouse cursor will change to crosshair.

STEP:3– The screen will go faded which means you are ready to select area to be captured.

STEP:4– Click and hold and select the portion you want to take screenshot of.

STEP:5– Release click and the screenshot will be copied to clipboard. Open your favorite picture editor and press Ctrl + V.

Edit or save the screenshot as per your need.

Method:6- Take Screenshot on Microsoft Surface Tablet

If you are trying to take screenshot on Microsoft Surface tablet, use this method. Here again the screenshot will include entire window and will be saved automatically.

STEP:1– Pick Surface Tablet and press Widows button on the bazel as below.

screenshot on Surface TAblet

STEP:2– Press volume decrease button. When you do that, the screen will go dim for milliseconds that confirms the screenshot is taken and saved.

STEP:3– Go to PC > Pictures > Screenshots and find the screenshot. The screenshot will be saved as “Screenshot(number).png

Bonus tips for Windows Laptop:

  1. Press fn + prt sc and the screenshot of entire window will be copied to clipboard. Open paintbrush and press Ctrl + V and then save/edit the screenshot.
  2. Press fn + Windows + prt sc and the screen will go dim for a second. The screenshot will be taken and automatically saved in PC > Pictures > Screenshots with name that I’ve discussed above i.e. Screenshots(number).png
  3. Press fn+ alt + prt sc and the screenshot of entire window will be copied to clipboard. Open paintbrush and press Ctrl + V.
How to Take Screenshot in Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7
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