Screenshots are useful while creating a training or product manuals, troubleshooting or simply creating interesting content. Screenshot helps in capturing images that can be used as references at a later point in time Now, there are several different ways to take screenshots of your entire computer screen or just a piece of it. In this article, we have covered 5 different ways to take screenshot on Windows 10.

How to take screenshot on Windows 10

Let’s discuss the different ways through which you can take screenshots of either the entire screen or a part of it as per your requirement. 

Use PrtScn Key

The easiest and the most widely used method for saving a copy of your computer screen is to simply press the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. It’s usually labelled “PrtScn” and is located near the Functions key in the top row.

Windows key + Print Screen

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To capture your entire screen and automatically save the screenshot, tap the Windows key + Print Screen key. Your screen will briefly go dim to show that you have just taken a screenshot, and the screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshot folder.

Alt + Print Screen

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To take a quick screenshot of an active window, you can use Alt + PrtScn shortcut. This will instantly take a print screen of your currently active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. However, you will have to open the screenshot in an image editor to save it on the PC.

Use Snipping Tool

Microsoft also has a flexible screenshot utility to enable users to take screenshots on Windows 10. You can make full use of Snipping Tool to take a screenshot and save it as an image file without having to first paste the screenshot into another program.

 How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 using the Snipping Tool

•       Start the Snipping Tool from the Start menu.

•       In the “Mode” drop-down, pick the type of screenshot shape you’d like to capture – you can choose anything from rectangular to full screen to a free-form shape.

•       Click “New”, and you will see your screen freezing out. Now use your mouse to create the screenshot. The screenshot will then appear in the Snipping Tool window.

•       In case you wish to add a tooltip, you can use the Delay menu to specify how long to wait before taking the screenshot.

•       Now, after you have taken the screenshot, you can use the drawing tools to mark the screenshot.  Once done, click “File” and then click “Save As” to save the final copy on your Windows 10 system.

•       In case you wish to copy the image to the clipboard, then you need to click the copy button in the Snipping Tool window.

Use Snip & Sketch

Unlike the old Snipping tool, Snip & Sketch tool is easier to access All you have to do is press Windows key + Shift + S to take a screenshot on Windows 10.

The Snip & Sketch tool is listed in the alphabetical list of apps that can be easily accessed from the Start button, or you can find it in the notification panel as Screen snip.

Use Windows Logo + Volume Down

This method of how to take a screenshot on Windows 10 work on Microsoft Surface devices. All you have to do is use the physical buttons to take a screenshot of the entire screen. This method is quite similar to how you would take a screenshot on your smartphone or tablet.  Just hold down the Windows Logo touch button at the bottom of your Surface screen and hit the physical volume-down button on the side of the tablet. At this stage, the screen might go dim for a few microseconds and the screenshot will be automatically saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

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