How to Take Screenshot on Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7

May.24, 2019 18:07. Posted by to Tutorials

A screenshot is nothing more than a snapshot or image of what you see on your computer screen. There are different types of screenshots that you can take. For example, you can take just the active window, a selected part of the screen, your entire desktop, an entire web page that requires scrolling down, and so on. Depending on what your purpose is for taking a screenshot and what type of screen grab you want to take, there are various ways to go about it in Windows 10. Some of them can be done from within Windows 10, while others require special tools that aren't very expensive.

How to Take Simple Screenshots in Windows 10/8/7

The simplest way to take a screenshot is to use the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The key can be found between the F12 and the Scroll Lock keys on a standard keyboard, and will usually be labeled as PrtScn, PrtScr or PrntScrn. In some keyboards, it needs to be used along with the Function or Fn key that is usually found on the bottom left corner of your keyboard next to the Windows key. In some laptops or desktops, you'll also need to press the Windows key to take a screenshot.


The Print Screen feature can be used to take a screenshot of a single active window or the entire desktop, and will allow you to save the file on your computer. There's also an option to take a screen grab without saving it.


To take a screenshot and save it in a Windows 10 desktop or laptop, hold down the Windows key and press the PrtScr key. This action will take the shot and save the file in a separate directory called Screenshots, which can usually be found in your Pictures folder. Depending on the device, you may have to include the Ctrl or Fn keys with this combination.


Take Screenshot on Windows 10


To take a screen grab without saving it as a file, simply press the PrtScr key. This will save the shot to your clipboard, after which you will be able to paste it with Ctrl+V


Both these methods will take a screenshot of the entire desktop. If you only want to capture an active window (the one that is open now), then you can use the Alt + PrtScn key combination. Some devices will require the Fn key to be included in the combination.


To capture just a portion of the screen selected by you, you can use Windows+Shift+S. You'll see a selection tool you can control with your mouse. Once selected, the screenshot will be saved to your clipboard, and you can paste it into another application with Ctrl+V.

Alternative Method to Screenshot on Windows 10 PC

Instead of using the above key combinations, you can also try using the Snipping tool in Windows 10. The tool has been on Windows for a long time, but the Windows 10 version allows you to take screenshots where a mouse movement is required, such as a pop-up. You can also take free-form snapshots, active window only or entire desktop. The tool also allows you to do some light editing, as we'll show in a subsequent section.


In the latest version of Windows 10, Microsoft has replaced the Snipping tool with something called Snip & Sketch. The feature was originally part of Microsoft Ink Workspace, where it was called Screen Sketch. It allows you to take screenshots and edit them, and is available with Windows 10 version 1809 and later. To map the PrtScr button to the Snip & Sketch tool, go to Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard and toggle the Print Screen Shortcut option to the On position.


Snip & Sketch on Windows 10


How to Take Scrolling Screenshots

If you want to capture a web page where you need to scroll to see the entire page, you can't do it with native Windows 10 tools. Most third-party utilities for screen capturing can cost you upwards of $50 for a lifetime license. Fortunately, there are a number of free tools you can use, one of the best being PicPick.


This flexible utility is free, but you can make a donation to the developer if you really like the tool and plan on using it regularly. It offers several types of screenshots that aren't available in the Snipping tool or through the PrtScr function, and some of these include region capture and scrolling window capture.


To do a scrolling screenshot in PicPick, download and install the app on your Windows 10 computer. Launch the program, and you'll see an option called Scrolling Window in the Screen Capture section. Once you select it, you'll see a resizable box with a red outline. Click and hold your left mouse button and scroll down to the end of the page to make the area selection. When you release it, you'll see it scrolling slowly while the screen is being captured.


Take Scolling Screenshot


Of course, if you want a more professional tool that can do video captures, grab audio from your internal microphone and so on, you can choose a premium option like Snagit. It'll set you back about $50 but it's a must-have tool for certain tasks. More about that in the next section.

How to Do Basic Editing After Screenshot

A screenshot is just like any other image so you can edit it with an image utility. You can also use the basic editing functions within Snip & Sketch. This also includes some useful annotation tools that you can use to edit the screenshot.


First, take the screenshot using the method described above. Alternatively, you can open an existing screenshot with the Open menu option. There are basically three types of editing that you can do with this tool: draw lines with a pen, pencil or marker; delete drawn elements; and crop the image using the ruler as a guide.


Edit Screenshot


The drawing option allows you to set the color and thickness of the free-form line. You can also use the digital ruler to draw a straight line. To write text, it's better if you have a touch-screen, but you can also use the keyboard and mouse to make these edits.

To delete drawn lines, choose the Erase icon and mouse over the area to be deleted.


The Crop option lets you trim off excess parts of the screenshot that you don't require.


When you use a screen grab utility like Snagit, you get a lot more options for screenshot types as well as editing. The screenshot can be taken in a number of ways. And you can even set your own keyboard shortcuts for different types of screenshots. To do this, follow the steps shown below:


Step 1: Open Snagit Editor and open the capture window.


Step 2: In the All-in-one tab, make sure that Preview in Editor is toggled to the On position.


Step 3: Click the big red Capture button and select the window or region to be captured using a click and drag mouse action. Release the mouse button and preview the selected area, then click on the camera icon to capture the shot.


Step 4: The Editor will automatically open, and on the right panel you'll see various editing tools.


Step 5: Use the extensive editing options to add callouts, shapes, arrows, text boxes and so on. You can also crop the image to your specific requirement, and then click on the Share menu for various sharing options like sending it to to share it as a URL or even upload to a cloud location like Google Drive.



Snagit and PicPick are also compatible with older versions of Windows, so if you don't have access to the Snip & Sketch tool, you can consider using these utilities for taking screenshots, editing them and sharing them.



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