Monday, August 17, 2015

Take a screen capture in Windows 10

Windows 10 has several built-in ways for you to take screenshots of your computer. Some of these ways are also applicable to other versions of Windows.

Print your screen

The easiest way to take a screen capture of your computer is to simply press the Print Screen (PtrScn) key on your keyboard.

Pressing this key in Windows 10 copies an image of your screen to the clipboard where you can then paste the image into any application you want such as Microsoft Paint. Pasting an image in Microsoft Paint for example allows you to save the image as a PNG file.

If you don't want to capture your whole screen, you can capture your active window by pressing and holding the Alt key and then pressing the Print Screen key. Alt + PtrScn will copy an image of your active window to the clipboard.

Another useful key combination to help you capture screens on your computer is Windows + PtrScn. This key combination in Windows 10 captures an image of your whole screen and immediately saves it as a PNG file in your Pictures folder under a directory called Screenshots.

If you are using Windows 10 on a tablet without a keyboard, you can also take a screen capture by pressing the physical Windows button + volume down. This method also saves a PNG file into your Pictures folder.

The Snipping Tool

Windows 10 and other previous versions of Windows also comes with this great tool called the Snipping Tool. With the Snipping Tool, you can capture different aspects of your screen, circle or highlight parts of it and save, or email it straight from the tool. You can find the Snipping Tool in Windows 10 under Start -> All apps -> Windows Accessories.

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