How to take screenshot on Windows 10

In this tutorial, find out how to take a screenshot on your PC and learn how to find the screenshot.

Learn about the Snipping Tool and how to use the print screen keyboard shortcuts. I walk through how to launch the snipping tool and how to use the tool. I also walk through a few different keyboard shortcuts to take a screenshot. Take full screen snips, window snips, rectangular snips, or free form snips. No download required!

Take screenshots of your desktop, browser, games, or other apps. Where are my screenshots saved? – For the Snipping Tool, you can choose where to save the screenshot. – Windows + Print screen saves screenshots to C:\Users\(YourName)\Pictures\Screenshots – Print Screen saves screenshots to C:\OneDrive\Pictures\Screenshots (as long as you have oneDrive sync enabled. Otherwise your screenshot is available via the clipboard and you need to paste into Paint and then save the file)

Steps

  1. Open the Windows Start button and type in “Snipping Tool” in the search box on the task bar and select Snipping tools.
  2. The Snipping Tool is opened with various options for your screenshot.
    • Mode
      • Rectangular snip: Drags the cursor around a rectangular object to form a rectangle.
      • Free-form snip: Draws a free-form shape around an object.
      • Window snip: Selects a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.
    • Delay: Allows the ability to add a 1-5 second delay the snipping tool from running the snip after you click New.
    • Annotate: Allows you to add in custom highlight or pen to a screenshot once its been captured.
  3. Click the New button to take your screenshot and using the Mode option selected to choose the rectangular or free form area or window to capture.
  4. You can then save the screenshot by using File- Save As. You will get the options to save the file as a PNG, GIF, JPEG or MHT file.
  5. The screenshot will be copied to your clipboard so you can also just click Paste and it will be pasted into the application of your choice.

There are some useful shortcuts you can use to take a screenshot with your keyboard.

  • Pressing Fn AND the Prt Scr buttons at the same time does a screenshot of the entire screen
  • Pressing Alt AND the Prt Scr buttons at the same time does a screenshot of just teh Window selected
  • Pressing the Windows key AND the Prt Scr buttons saves the screenshot automatically to the C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Pictures\Screenshots folder.

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