How to take a screenshot on Windows PC or Laptop!



Everybody knows how to take a screenshot on their phones, but what about when using a laptop or computer?

It's not the most complicated thing to do, but how to actually take a screenshot isn't always that obvious or apparent. Given how useful they can be for work reasons, or for showing friends something that they really ought to see online, taking screenshots is something that everybody should know how to do.

But, using a Windows PC or laptop, there are several ways to do it, and the options go beyond the classic Print Screen key. On Windows, there are as many as six screenshot commands on the keyboard.

Print Screen (PrtScn)

Using this key captures the entire screen. If more than one is showing, it captures everything shown on all of them in one image. This, though, just sends the image to the clipboard and does not save the image automatically.

Alt + Print Screen

This option captures just one window, but you will have to highlight the desired window before using the key command. Again, this just sends the image to the clipboard and does not save the image automatically.

Win + Print Screen

This option captures the entire screen, just as Print Screen, but this time the image is saved by default and goes to C:UsersPictures>Screenshots.

Win + Shift + S

This option uses a built-in screenshot tool named Snip & Sketch. This dims the screen and provides you with four choices: Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, and Fullscreen Snip. Screenshots are not saved, and are again just sent to the clipboard.

Win + G

This opens the Xbox Game Bar. You just have to click 'capture' and then the camera icon to save the image to C:Users>(user name)>Videos>Captures.

Win + Alt + Print Screen

This captures the active window and saves to C:Users>(user name)>Videos>Captures.

Alternative: The Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool might just be the best built-in option there is, though it's not the most versatile. It does, though, allow you to define the portions of the screen you want to screenshot.


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