To take a screenshot on Windows 10, you can use the PrtScn button on your keyboard or tools like Snip & Sketch.If you want to take a screen recording, you can use the Game Bar by pressing Windows Key + G.Third-party apps offer even more features, like automatically uploading screenshots to the internet.
If you need to capture a screenshot of something on your computer screen, Windows 10 offers a variety of methods for doing just that.
Whether you want to save the entire screen, or just a piece of it, we’ve rounded up all the most common techniques for taking a Windows 10 screenshot.
The easiest way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 is the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. To capture your entire screen, simply press PrtScn on the upper-right side of your keyboard.
The screenshot will be saved to your Clipboard. To save the file, paste the screenshot into any program that allows you to insert images, like Microsoft Word or Paint.
Paste your screenshot into a program like Paint to save and edit it.
To take a screenshot on Windows 10 and automatically save the file, press the Windows key + PrtScn .
Your screen will go dim and a screenshot of your entire screen will save to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
You can automatically save screenshots by pressing the Windows Key along with Print Screen.
To capture only the active window you’re working in and copy it to your Clipboard, press Alt + PrtScn. You’ll need to paste it into another program to save it.
Snip & Sketch is the best way to screenshot on Windows if you’re looking to customize, annotate, or share your screen captures.
To activate Snip & Sketch, use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Shift + S . Your screen will dim and a mini menu will appear at the top of your screen, giving you the option to take a rectangular, free-form, window, or full-screen capture.
Click the menu to take a rectangular, free-form, window, or full-screen capture (from left to right).
With these Snip & Skitch options, you can choose how you’d like to take a screenshot:
Mode Function Rectangular Size a rectangle for your screenshot. Free-form Draw free-hand with your cursor. Window Choose a specific window to capture. Full-screen Grab an image of your entire screen.
After you capture the screenshot, it will be saved to your clipboard and a preview notification will appear in the lower-right corner of your screen.
Click on the preview notification to open the Snip & Sketch app and edit the screenshot with the available drawing tools before saving or sharing.
Though Snip & Sketch will eventually replace the Snipping Tool on Windows, it’s still possible to use the old tool to take screenshots in Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.
To start the Snipping Tool, you’ll have to find it through the search bar. Use the “Mode” button to customize your screenshot and then click the “New” button to capture your screen.
You can customize your screenshot with the Snipping Tool.
You can also time your capture up to five seconds via the “Delay” dropdown menu. After you take your screenshot, it’ll open in a new window, where you can annotate it, save it, or share it with Microsoft Outlook.
The Game Bar is an overlay you can use within most Windows 10 apps and games to take screenshots and record video. To open the Game Bar, press Windows Key + G .
Quick tip : If the Game Bar doesn’t open, make sure it’s enabled. To enable the Game Bar, search “Game bar settings” and in the menu, toggle on “Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game Bar.”
On the overlay menu, click the camera icon to capture a full-screen screenshot. You can also record a video clip by pressing the record button, with the option to include audio by clicking the microphone icon.
You can take screenshots or screen recordings with the Game Bar on Windows 10.
Screenshots and video clips captured by the Game Bar are saved in PNG format to the Videos > Captures folder. You can also find it through the Game Bar, by clicking “Show all captures” underneath the screenshot and recording buttons.
To take a screenshot on Windows 10 with a Microsoft Surface device, press the Power Button + Volume Up Button . The screen will dim, and your screenshot will save to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
Important: To take a screenshot on a Surface 3 or earlier, you’ll need to press the Windows Logo + Volume Down Button.
If you’re unsatisfied with any of the built-in Windows methods, there are third-party screenshot tools worth considering, each with their own extra offerings.
Screenshot apps like Lightshot are useful for social sharing.
Snagit is a screenshot tool that allows you to create animated GIFs, take full-page screenshots, and more. The downside? The premium version costs $50. There’s also a 30-day free trial, although any picture you capture during this trial will be watermarked.Lightshot is a free screenshot tool designed for quick social sharing. When you download and install Lightshot on Windows 10, it replaces the Print Screen function and offers more editing capabilities.Greenshot is another free tool that allows you to edit and customize screenshots, as well as the option to capture a complete scrolling web page.