Below are six ways to capture your computer screen, both using Windows tools and keyboard shortcuts.
In Windows, it is possible to print a screen, also called screen capture, in several ways, either by tools of the operating system itself or by shortcuts on your keyboard. So, See below how to take screenshots on PC. For this tutorial, a Windows 11 computer was used.
In the tool, the default clipping type is rectangular, but you can also capture the entire screen or just a window. The app doesn’t automatically save screenshots, so you’ll need to save them manually. However, it immediately copies everything to the clipboard.
The types of snips offered by the Snipping Tool are as follows:
- Freeform Snip: Draw a freeform shape around an object;
- Rectangular Capture: Drag the cursor around the object to form a rectangle;
- Window capture: select a browser window or dialog box;
- Full-Screen Snipping: Capture the entire screen including all open windows.
How to open the Snipping Tool
You don’t need to download the app, it’s already part of the operating system, just pick it up.
- On Windows 10 and 11: Select the “Start” button > type “Snipping Tool” in the search and open it.
- For Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1: Swipe the right edge of the screen (Charm bar) > tap “Search” > type “capture tool” in the search box and open it in the results.
- On Windows 7: Select the “Start” button > type “capture tool” in the search to open.
Print Screen button
The classic that everyone knows is using the “Print Screen” (PrtScn) button to capture the entire screen. That way, the screenshot will not be saved as a file but will be copied to the clipboard. You will need to open an editing tool to adjust the capture and save it there. A tool that can be used in Paint itself already available in Windows.
Xbox Game Bar
Through the Xbox Game Bar, it is also possible to take screenshots on the Windows computer. When you open the application, which has its options at the top of the screen, you can print it on the “Capture” button. If you don’t have the app on your PC, just download it from the Microsoft Store. After the capture, you can still share it on Twitter or generate a meme including captions.
The prints are made you can see in the option “See my captures”. You can also change the capture destination folder in “Settings” > “Games” > “Captures” > “Screenshots and game clips will be saved to”.
Some keyboard shortcuts for you looking to take screenshots on Windows PC quickly:
Windows + Print Screen
To capture your entire screen and save it automatically, tap the Windows + Print Screen key combination. Your screen will dim briefly to indicate that you have just taken a screenshot, which will be saved in the Images folder.
Windows + Shift + S
You can also use Windows + Shift + S shortcut to capture a screenshot. Your screen will darken and you will see the small Snipping Tool menu at the top, which will allow you to choose the type of print you want to make.
Alt + Print Screen
To take a quick screenshot of your active window (the one you are using), go straight to the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn. This will take a screenshot of your active window and copy the image to the clipboard. Here you will need to use Paint.
How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 10
Where is the screenshot of the PC saved?
Each capture mode has a different process for saving the image, so it depends on which of the above you chose to take a screenshot of your PC screen.
How to take screenshots and crop images on a PC?
Using the Capture Tool, you can now edit the image, cutting or highlighting parts with the Highlight and Ballpoint Pen features. Anyway, you can use Paint to make print screen edits.