Screenshot Windows – How to Screenshot on Windows 10

Screenshot Windows: In the Windows operating system it’s not such a problem for an inexperienced user to take a screenshot. But where is it and how do I see or send it to someone. There are two simple methods to take a screenshot on Windows. The first method is using PrnScr key on the keyboard. The second is using the Snipping Tool.

Screenshot Windows
Screenshot Windows

Screenshot Windows: Printscreen Key Method

How to take a screenshot?

In all Windows operating system, all you have to do is press PrnScr (Print Screen) button located at the upper right corner of your keyboard. In case you have a laptop, unfortunately, you’ll have to find this key since keyboard layout can be very different depending on the manufacturer.

Print Screen (Prnscr) Key
Print Screen (Prnscr) Key

When you press PrnScr key system takes a screenshot of content you currently have on your screen and stores it in the clipboard.
The clipboard is a temporary place to store a different kind of data.

How to take a screenshot of a single window?

Pretty much the same as of entire screen but all you have to do is to hold Alt button and then press PrnScr.

Alt Printscreen Key
Alt Printscreen

How to send a screenshot to someone?

The screenshot you have taken is now in clipboard. You can paste any data in the clipboard by pressing Ctrl + V. In this case you are pasting an image so you can paste the screenshot directly into your email message, Skype window or practically any other program that can import images.

Ctrl V Key
Ctrl V Key

How to save a screenshot in a file?

To save a screenshot you’ve just taken you must open a graphics editor. Windows comes with a program called Paint. You can easily find it under Accessories sub menu if you open the Start menu.
When you open it just press Ctrl + V and paste the screenshot.

Now all you have to do is go to File > Save.

Screenshot Windows: Snipping Tools Method

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Sometimes the easiest way to make a copy of something is to take a screenshot of your Screen. This is what the Snipping Tool does. Use it to save and share news stories, movie reviews, or recipes. You can capture any of the following types of snips.

  • Free-form Snip. Draw a free-form shape around an object.
  • Rectangular Snip. The cursor had dragged around an object to form a rectangle
  • Window Snip. You can first select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
  • Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen.

How to Use Snipping Tool to Screenshot Windows

Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool

Just go to the Start menu and then type snipping tool. The icon will have a little circle with a red board around it and a pair of scissors. Click on the Icon, there will appear Snipping tool windows.

This tool might look very simple but there are several different features that are included within it and there is one feature only available to Windows 10 users.

To take screenshot windows using the snipping tools, just go to the New button. But before you do a screenshot, these tools offer some Mode in snipping. Go to Mode list box and click on it. You can choose between Free Form Snipping, Rectangular Snipping, Windows Snipping, and Fullscreen Snipping.

Free Form Snipping

Freeform snipping is taking a screenshot of a screen with a custom pattern or draw. So you can make your own shape of a screenshot. To do a free form snipping, choose free form snipping mode and then click on New Button. Simply drag the mouse to create your own shape around the object you want to capture.

Free Form Snipping
Free Form Snipping

Rectangular Snipping

This mode is taking a screenshot with a rectangular shape. Just drag your mouse around the object you want to capture. The image of the screenshot will be in a rectangular shape.

Rectangular Snipping
Rectangular Snipping

Window Snipping

The windows snipping mode gives you a screenshot of a window that opened in your computer. In this mode simply choose your desired window. There will be a red mark indicating the area that will be captured. As an example, if you want to capture an Adobe Photoshop document. You can choose only the graphics area or you can choose a full Adobe Photoshop window with toolbar inside.

Window Snipping
Window Snipping

After Snipping

Basically, the screenshot image is stored on the clipboard. You can copy it to another app. The snipping tool provides some post-processing task. There is some task you can do after snipping. Send the screenshot windows by email. Save the image of the screenshot. Editing the image in the simple method using built-in tools. Even edit the image using an editor like 3D Paint.

Send Screenshot Image by Email

If you want to send the screenshot image by email, simply press mail icon in the top toolbar. There will be 2 options. First, send the screenshot image as the body of the mail. The second option is to send the screenshot image as an email attachment.

Email as Attachment
Email as Attachment

Save the Image to Computer Disk /  Removable Disk

Saving the screenshot image results on your computer or removable disk is very simple. You don’t need another app to do it. Just click on the File menu and choose Save As menu. Or simply click on the disk icon on the top of the toolbar.

Save to Computer
Save to Computer

Add Text

Have to add some note in the image? no problems, the snipping tool have pen tools. Just click on the pen icon in the top of the toolbar. Choose the color, thickness and the tip of the pen. Draw a note by dragging the mouse over the screen.

Pen Tools
Pen Tools

Add Highlight

You can also highlight some area by click on the highlighter icon. Click on highlighter icon and drag it over the area you want to highlight.

Highlighter Tools
Highlighter Tools

Conclusion

Screenshot on Windows PC / Laptop is more simple using the snipping tool. There is less step comparing to the conventional (Printscreen) method. But snipping tool is not available in all windows version. Only the premium version of Windows 10. So if you have the Windows 7 or even the XP version, you have to install 3rd party snipping tools. There are so many 3rd party snipping tool apps over the internet. Such as Lightshot, Skitch, Nimbus, Marker as the free version. Ember and PicPick are the paid screenshot tools for windows.