Taking a screenshot, or screen capture, is a useful tool for capturing an image of what is currently displayed on your computer screen. Windows offers several ways to take a screenshot, each with their own advantages. Here are some options for how to take a screenshot on a Windows computer:
- The Print Screen (PrtScn) key: This is the most basic method for taking a screenshot on a Windows computer. Pressing the Print Screen key will capture an image of the entire screen and save it to the clipboard. You can then paste the image into an image editing program, such as Paint, and save it as an image file.
- The Windows + Print Screen key: This is a similar method to the Print Screen key, but it automatically saves the screenshot as an image file. Pressing the Windows key + Print Screen key will capture an image of the entire screen and save it to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
- The Snipping Tool: The Snipping Tool is a built-in program in Windows that allows you to capture specific areas of your screen. You can select the rectangular snip, free-form snip, window snip, and full-screen snip options to capture the specific area you want. Once you have selected the area, you can save the screenshot as an image file.
- The Snip & Sketch tool: This is a newer tool built-in in Windows 10, it allows you to take screenshots of specific areas of the screen, and also it has the option to draw, write, and crop the screenshot. It’s more versatile than the Snipping tool and you can even share your images directly from the tool.
- Third-party software: There are also several third-party programs available, such as Lightshot or Snagit, that offer advanced screenshot capabilities, such as the ability to capture scrolling windows, timed screenshots, and video recordings. These programs can be downloaded for free or purchased for a fee.
Ultimately, the method you choose will depend on your specific needs and preferences. If you only need to capture a full-screen image, the Print Screen or Windows + Print Screen key will suffice. If you need to capture specific areas of the screen, the Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch tool will be more useful. And if you need advanced screenshot capabilities, third-party software may be the best option.