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How to Screenshot on Windows

What’s the easiest way to take a screenshot on windows? There are many ways to take a screenshot on windows, some easier than others. We’ll do our best to explain how they work here so that you can get started working right away. 

How to Take a Screenshot on Windows

How to Screenshot on Windows: The Basics

The Difference Between Using Print-Screen and Snipping Tool

Windows has three built-in methods for capturing and saving your screenshots. If you’re using Windows 10, you can use the Snipping Tool, the built-in Print Screen function, or one of the many third-party options out there. 

The easiest way is to use the default windows key combination “Windows + PrtScr”. 

If you just want to quickly capture an image of your current screen then Print-screen is a great option for you. But if you want to capture more than just that screen, or do some editing work on it before saving it as an image, then the Snipping Tool is the best option for you.

Due to its ease of use and accessibility, most people prefer to use the print-screen method.

 Using CloudApp to Take a Screenshot on Windows

Another common way is to use third-party software like CloudApp. We recommend using CloudApp’s easy Windows and Mac screenshot app, which you can download here.

CloudApp is made to capture an image of your screen and share it with someone else instantly. CloudApp has a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows you to upload images directly from your desktop or browser. You can also add annotations or blur sensitive information.

A few other benefits of using CloudApp include:

  • You can upload images as private or public, which means only you and the people you choose can see them.
  • The service is free to use while offering some premium features like enhanced image quality and extended storage space.
  • CloudApp supports uploading images from both Mac and Windows machines, making it a great option for Mac users who want to share their screenshots with friends who are using PCs.
  • In addition, CloudApp mobile apps are available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

With CloudApp, you can do a lot more than just take screenshots: you can draw on them too. You can also crop and annotate images right after capturing them instead of downloading them first. The tool is easy and fast to learn.

How to Use the Windows Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a built-in program that comes with every version of Windows ever since Vista. It allows users to quickly capture a region of their screen as a screenshot and save it in just a few seconds. It also allows users to edit the screenshot before saving it if they need to crop it down or highlight certain areas. Although it doesn’t save very large images by default, it’s extremely quick and easy to use, especially if you already know how to screenshot on your computer! Here are the steps for using the Snipping Tool:

  • Click Start (the Windows logo in the lower left corner) 
  • Go up one level Click Accessories > Snipping Tool or press “Windows Key + X” 
  • Type in a name for your desired snip file To take a snapshot of your entire screen, click “New” (or press “N”) 
  • Drag out an area using your mouse 
  • To edit before saving click File > Save As 
  • Select where you would like to save the image 
  • Click Save 
  • To print or copy and paste your snip image click File > Print or press “P” right next to where you type in your image name 
  • Press “ESC” twice 
  • When finished, close out of the Snipping Tool by pressing “X” (or clicking the red X at top right)

How to Use the Snip & Sketch App

To use Windows 10’s built-in screen capture tool, open the Start Menu or Start screen, search for “Snip and Sketch,” and then select the top result. If you don’t like using your keyboard for this sort of thing, click or tap on “Snip & Sketch” from within your Start Menu or Start screen instead.

If you don’t see any apps after searching for “Snip & Sketch,” use a web search for “OptionalFeatures.exe” without quotes to find and install it manually. You need this app to take screenshots in Windows 10 even if you don’t need it to draw on them because it includes the Print Screen function that takes screenshots of whatever is currently on your screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Taking Screenshots on Windows Using Snipping Tool

If you are not able to use a third-party program, we have some workarounds for taking screenshots using your keyboard only. The snipping tool also has a bunch of keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10. So if you want to take a screenshot and use the snipping tool as well, here are the keyboard shortcuts for it:

PrtScn – Takes a screenshot of your whole screen and saves it to your clipboard.

Alt + PrtScn – Takes a screenshot of all open windows on your screen and saves it to your clipboard.

Shift + PrtScn – Screenshot just the active window and saves it in the clipboard. If there are no active windows currently open, then it will save just your whole screen instead. To activate this option, you need to hold down the shift key while hitting the print screen button.

Ctrl + PrtScn – This will launch print screen in a separate window so that you can then save it with another copy command or if you need more editing power over your screenshot than what snipping tool offers, then you can go ahead and edit it later with either paint tool saver or any other image editor like GIMP.

How to Screenshot Your Whole Screen on Windows

Click on the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard. This will take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to the clipboard. After that, you can open any image editing program (for example, Microsoft Paint) and paste the screenshot.

How to Take a Selective Screenshot on Windows – without Capturing The Whole Screen 

Windows comes with a built-in Snipping Tool to let users capture a screen region. To access the Snipping Tool, launch the Start menu and type the word “snipping”. The first option should be “Snipping Tool”. Click it.

How to Screenshot in Tablet Mode on Windows 10

Tablet mode is when Windows 10 optimizes the screen for touch, allowing you to use touch interface and features like full screen apps. To screenshot Tablet Mode, click the Search button at the bottom left of your screen and search for “tablet mode”, then click on “Tablet mode”. Open paint (or another photo editor) and paste it into there then save it as a .jpeg file.

Where and How to Save Windows Screenshots

In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, screenshots are saved in the Pictures folder as PNG files with the name “screenshot” and file extension. Screenshots are always saved to the user’s Pictures folder in Windows XP. On Microsoft Windows, screenshots are saved in the C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Pictures\Screenshots folder.

The screenshot will be automatically saved in jpg format to the Pictures folder. You can change the default location of where the screenshot is saved by following these steps:

1. Click on the Start button and select ‘Control Panel’. A window will open up with controls for adjusting system settings.

2. Select ‘Folder Options’. A dialog box with a list of folders and file types will appear. A new window will open up where you can change the default location of where screenshots are saved.

3. Select the ‘Save Pictures As’ option and choose your preferred save location from the drop-down menu. (See image below). Click OK to confirm your selection and exit this window. The next time you take a screenshot it will be saved in your new chosen location instead of your picture folder.

Taking a screenshot on Windows doesn’t need to be difficult. With the right know-how, you can make your work day that much quicker and easier. The key to any good work day is efficient communication. To learn more about CloudApp’s screenshot, GIF and video messenger, click here.