If you ever find the need to capture your screen on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, you have several straightforward methods at your disposal. Utilizing built-in Windows tools and keyboard shortcuts makes this task simple. In this article, Winsor Consulting will present a variety of techniques suitable for your requirements. We’ve compiled the best approaches for capturing screenshots on Windows, whether you want to capture the entire screen or just a portion of it.
Print Screen Key
Your keyboard likely features a “Print Screen” key, typically located on the top-right side for wired keyboards or on the top or bottom line for laptops. Pressing this key will capture your current screen. Afterward, you can paste the screenshot into an application like Paint or Word to edit or save it.
Windows Key + Print Screen
To capture and automatically save a screenshot to the Screenshots folder, press the “Windows key” + “PrtScn.” This action will dim your screen briefly, and the entire screen’s screenshot will be saved to the designated folder.
Alt + Print Screen
For capturing only the active window you’re working in, press “Alt” + “PrtScn.” The screenshot will be copied to your clipboard, ready to be pasted into another program for saving.
Snip & Sketch Tool in Windows 10
Windows 10’s Snip & Sketch tool is an excellent choice for those needing customization, annotation, or sharing options for screen captures. Activate it using the “Windows Key + Shift + S” keyboard shortcut. You’ll see a mini menu at the top of your screen, offering various capture options. Once you’ve taken a screenshot, it will be saved to your clipboard, and a preview notification will appear in the bottom-right corner. Clicking this notification opens the Snip & Sketch app, allowing you to save, share, or edit the screenshot using drawing tools.
Snipping Tool in Windows 11
While the Snipping Tool is available in Windows 10, Windows 11 has improved it significantly, making it the preferred choice for custom screenshots. Start it with a search or by pressing “Windows Key + Shift + S.” As with Snip & Sketch, a toolbar with screenshot options will appear at the top of your screen. Your screenshots will be copied to the clipboard for immediate sharing and saved in the Screenshots folder. Clicking the preview in the bottom-right corner enables you to save and edit them.
Use The Game Bar
The Game Bar is an overlay that can capture screenshots and record videos within most Windows apps and games. Press “Windows Key + G” to access it. If it doesn’t open, ensure it’s enabled in the Settings app under Gaming > Xbox Game Bar. In the overlay menu, click the “Capture” button (represented by a camera icon) to access the Capture menu. From there, you can take screenshots or record video clips, including audio.
Screenshots and video clips captured with the Game Bar are saved in PNG and MP4 formats and can be found in the Videos > Captures folder in File Explorer. Alternatively, you can access them through the Game Bar’s Gallery by clicking “Show my captures” > “See my captures” below the screenshot and recording buttons in the Capture menu.
Power + Volume Up
On a Microsoft Surface device running Windows 10, press the “Power Button” + “Volume Up Button” to capture a screenshot. The screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.