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How to Screenshot on Windows

How to Screenshot on Windows


Taking screenshots on a Windows computer is a handy skill that can help you capture and share information quickly. Whether you want to save a funny meme, record an error message, or create a tutorial, knowing how to take screenshots is essential. Windows provides several built-in methods to capture your screen, catering to various needs and preferences. In this article, we’ll explore different ways to take screenshots on Windows, their specifications, features, pros and cons, and answer some common questions.


  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11
  • File Formats: PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF
  • Capture Options: Full screen, Active window, Selected area, Scrolling window
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Print Screen (PrtScn), Windows + Print Screen, Alt + Print Screen, Windows + Shift + S
  • Software Tools: Snipping Tool, Snip & Sketch, Game Bar, Third-party applications
  • Storage Location: Clipboard, Default folder, Custom location


  • Print Screen (PrtScn): Captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard.
  • Alt + Print Screen: Captures the currently active window and copies it to the clipboard.
  • Windows + Print Screen: Captures the entire screen and saves it as a file in the Pictures folder.
  • Windows + Shift + S: Opens the Snip & Sketch tool for selecting a portion of the screen to capture.
  • Snipping Tool: Allows for free-form, rectangular, window, or full-screen snips.
  • Snip & Sketch: Provides annotation tools and sharing options after capturing the screen.
  • Game Bar: Designed for capturing screenshots and recording videos during gaming.
  • Third-Party Applications: Offer advanced features like editing, cloud storage, and sharing.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Multiple methods available Some methods require additional software
Built-in tools are free and easy to use Learning different shortcuts can be confusing
Quick access to screenshots Limited editing features in built-in tools
Compatible with all modern Windows versions Third-party tools may require a purchase
Various capture options (full screen, window, area) Scrolling window capture often needs third-party apps


Taking screenshots on Windows is a straightforward process, thanks to the variety of built-in tools and keyboard shortcuts available. Whether you need a quick capture or a detailed screenshot with annotations, Windows has got you covered. From the simple Print Screen button to the versatile Snip & Sketch tool, you can choose the method that best suits your needs. While built-in tools provide basic functionality, third-party applications offer advanced features for those who need more. Regardless of the method you choose, capturing and sharing your screen has never been easier on a Windows PC.


  1. What is the easiest way to take a screenshot on Windows?
    • The easiest way is to press the Print Screen (PrtScn) button, which captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. You can then paste it into an image editor or document.
  2. How do I take a screenshot of just one window?
    • Press Alt + Print Screen to capture the active window. This screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, ready for you to paste it wherever you need.
  3. Can I capture a specific area of my screen?
    • Yes, you can press Windows + Shift + S to open the Snip & Sketch tool, which allows you to select and capture a specific area of your screen.
  4. Where are my screenshots saved?
    • If you press Windows + Print Screen, your screenshot will be automatically saved in the Pictures > Screenshots folder. For other methods, screenshots are usually copied to the clipboard.
  5. Are there any third-party screenshot tools you recommend?
    • Yes, popular third-party tools include Lightshot, Greenshot, and Snagit. These tools offer additional features like editing, cloud storage, and advanced sharing options.