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Take a Screenshot on a Windows PC

Taking screenshots on a Windows PC is a handy skill that can help you capture important information, share content, or troubleshoot issues. Whether you're a novice or an experienced user, this guide will walk you through various methods to take screenshots on your Windows computer effectively. Let’s explore the different techniques and tools available for capturing your screen.

Method 1: Using the Print Screen Key (PrtScn)

The Print Screen key is one of the simplest ways to take a screenshot on a Windows PC. There are two modes that you can use, Entire Screen or Active Window.

Capturing the Entire Screen

  1. Press the "PrtScn" key on your keyboard. This will capture the entire screen and copy it to the clipboard.
  2. Open an image editing program like Paint or a document editor like Word, then press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot.
  3. Save the file in your desired format (e.g., .png, .jpg).

Capturing the Active Window

  1. Press Alt + PrtScn while the window you want to screen shot is active This key combination captures only the active window and copies it to the clipboard.
  2. Open an image editing program or document editor and press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot.
  3. Save the file as needed.

Method 2: Using Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a built-in Windows application that allows you to capture specific areas of your screen.

  1. Search for Snipping Tool in the Start menu and open the application.
  2. Click on "Mode" or the drop-down arrow next to the "New" button to choose from Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip.
  3. Click "New" and select the area you want to capture.
  4. Click the "Save Snip" icon to save your screenshot.

Method 3: Using Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch is a newer tool introduced in Windows 10 that offers more features and better integration.

  1. Press Windows + Shift + S to open the snipping toolbar.
  2. Select from Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip.
  3. Your selection will be copied to the clipboard. A notification will appear, and you can click on it to open and edit the screenshot in Snip & Sketch.
  4. Use the tools to annotate if needed, then click the save icon or share directly from the application.

Method 4: Using Game Bar (Windows 10 and Later)

The Game Bar is primarily designed for gamers but can be used by anyone to capture screenshots.

  1. Press Windows + G to open the Game Bar overlay.
  2. Click on the camera icon or press Windows + Alt + PrtScn to capture the entire screen.
  3. Screenshots taken with the Game Bar are saved in the "Captures" folder inside your "Videos" library.

Method 5: Using Third-Party Software

There are several third-party applications available that offer advanced features for taking screenshots, such as Snagit, Lightshot, and Greenshot. These tools provide options like scrolling capture, instant sharing, and advanced editing.


  1. Visit the official Snagit website to download and install the application.
  2. Launch Snagit and use its capture tool to select the area you want to capture.
  3. Use Snagit's editing tools to annotate and save your screenshot.

Taking a screenshot on a Windows PC is a straightforward process with multiple methods to suit different needs. Whether you prefer using the built-in tools like Print Screen, Snipping Tool, and Snip & Sketch, or you opt for third-party software, capturing your screen is just a few clicks away. With these techniques at your disposal, you can easily capture and share important information. Happy screenshotting!

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Posted: 2024-06-16
By: dwirch
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