Different ways to take screenshot on your Windows Computer

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If you have something interesting open on your computer and you need to take screenshot, then there are more than one ways to take screenshot of your screen. Windows OS provides several ways to take screenshots of your entire computer screen, or just select parts of it. In this post, we shall see different ways to take screenshot on your Windows Computer.

The OS in this example is for Windows 10. It may work on previous editions of Windows too, except for some apps mentioned, which may be specific for Windows 10 OS.

A) Take screenshot on Windows 10 with the Print Screen key

The simplest way to take screenshot on Windows computer is by pressing the Print Screen key on the keyboard. Print Screen key is available on most standard keyboards. The key is usually labeled “PrtScn” (or something similar) and is located in the top row, near the Function keys. The PrtScn key allows the user to save a snapshot of whatever is on the screen. The snapshot is saved to the computer memory (a.k.a. Clipboard), which you need to transfer (paste) to some application to see it.

Here are different ways to take screenshot on Windows 10 with the Print Screen key :

1) Press PrtScn

  • Saves to the clipboard
  • Paste the screenshot into any program that displays images, like Paint or Microsoft Word.

2) Press Alt + PrtScn

  • This copies the active window to the clipboard.
  • Active Window means the window which is current focus or in use. For example: You have Windows Explorer open which is covering the whole screen. And on top of that, you have Google Chrome window open which is not full screen, but which you are currently using or is in focus. Press Alt + PrtScn will save screenshot only of the Google Chrome window and not of the entire screen.
  • You can paste into another program such as paint, Microsoft Word etc.

3) Press the Windows key + Shift + S

  • Take screenshot of a portion of the screen by dragging on it.
  • By pressing Windows key + Shift + S, the screen will dim and you can drag and select an area with the mouse pointer.
  • The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, which you can paste into another program.
    Note: This shortcut requires the latest version of Windows 10 installed that is, Windows 10 Creators Update.

4) Press the Windows key + PrtScn

  • Directly save screenshot as image.
  • Press the Windows key + PrtScn and it will save the entire screen as an image file.
  • The screenshot will be saved to “Screenshots” folder under the “Pictures” folder.

B) Take screenshot on Windows 10 with Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a Microsoft Windows screenshot utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take still screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. You can use Snipping Tool to grab a screenshot and save it as an image file without first pasting the screenshot into another program.


1. Press Windows Key and Type “Snip”.
You should be able to see a program by the name “Snipping Tool “. Click to open.

On newer Windows 10 versions, it is “Snip and Sketch”, which is apparently a more advanced version of the Snipping Tool with a wider array of options and easier access. Want to know what is the difference between ‘Snipping Tool’ and ‘Snip and Sketch’? Read here.

2. Select “Mode” from the mode selection drop down
Choose full screen or rectangular or a free-form screenshot.

  • Free-form snip: Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular snip: Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window snip: Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen snip: Capture the entire screen.

3. Click ‘New’ to take a screenshot
Drag with your mouse and take the screenshot. The screenshot will then appear in the Snipping Tool window.

4. To annotate: Use the drawing tools to annotate the screenshot.
6. To save the screenshot as image to computer, click “File” and then click “Save As”.
7. To copy the screenshot to a program such as MS Paint, Microsoft Word, Photoshop etc., click the copy button in the Snipping Tool window to copy the image to clipboard.

C) Take screenshot using free software – LightShot

Besides the Print Screen Key and the Snipping Tool, you may also use other software to take screenshots on your Windows and especially if you need additional features. Otherwise, for simple screenshots, the tools provided in Windows 10 OS should suffice.  If you still think you need third party software, check out some good free screenshot software for Windows.

Among the above, I really like LightShot.

It is free, light and easy to setup. It has simple interface and sufficient annotation features. It is a free software with which you can take screenshots, annotate them, and use it in instructional blog posts and videos if you like.


  • Hotkeys: After installing, setup a hotkey which you can use to easily open LightSchot to take screenshots
  • Share screenshots via Internet: Upload your screenshot to the server and get its short link right away.
  • Similar image search: Take screenshot of any image on your screen and find dozens similar images on Google.
  • Lightshot is available for Windows/Mac, Chrome, Firefox, IE & Opera.

Read here – How to install and use LightShot Screenshot capture software on Windows


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