5 Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

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Screenshots are an incredibly useful way to document and share what's on your screen. Whether it's a tweet you think someone may wind up deleting, a glitch that you're explaining to a tech support person or a hilariously auto corrected line of text, the ability to save your screen for posterity is useful information.

Fortunately, there are more than a few ways to capture the screen you're looking to save. There's the old-school Print Screen key, a method that instantly creates a new file for you, Windows' own Snipper Tool and if you're always screengrabbing, there's even a free and powerful third party program we can recommend.

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1. How To Take a Screenshot of Your Whole Screen

1. Tap the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The screen shot is now stored in your clipboard and you need to paste it into a graphics editor such as Windows Paint.

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2. Type "paint" into the search bar next to the Start menu.
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3. Select "Paint"

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4. Click "Paste"

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Your screenshot is ready!

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2. How to Take a Screenshot of Just The Active Window

1. Hit Alt + Print Screen. 

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2. Type "paint" into the search bar next to the Start menu (if Paint is already open, click Control+N and then select OK when Paint asks you to approve the height and width).

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3. Select "Paint"

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4. Click "Paste"

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Your screenshot is just of the window you had open and active!


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3. How To Make A Screenshot File Without Any Additional Programs 

1. Hit Windows key  + Print Screen.

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When you navigate to the Screenshots folder inside of your Pictures, your screensh0t will be there!

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4. How To Take a Screenshot of a Specific Part of Your Screen

1. Type "snipping tool" into the search bar next to the Start menu.
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2. Select "Snipping Tool"

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3. Click "New"

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4. Click and drag the cursor to select the area of the screen you want to use; release the cursor once you've selected the space you want to capture.

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Your screenshot is open in Snipping Tool!

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5. How To Take Screenshots With Even More Tricks

1. Open PicPick's download page, and click on "Free Download"

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2. Follow the instructions to install PicPick, and you will find a menu of specific methods for capturing part or all of your screen. Clicking "Scrolling Window" will let you capture as much of a page or document as you can scroll through, rather than just the static version of the window. 

screenshots 3rdparty02b w103. Installing PicPick will change your computer's key commands for screenshots, so you should make yourself aware of those commands. Click on the "Show hidden icons" arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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4. Click on PicPick's icon.

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5. Select "Program Options"

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6. Select "Hot keys" from the left-hand menu.

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Here you can see what the default key commands are now that you've installed PicPick, as well as change them to suit your needs.

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Henry T. Casey
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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Laura Lieff Says:

    This is the 12th installment of working with Windows 10.

  • Jeannie Hubbard Says:

    This looks likeit might be very helpful with a few modifications. Kill the music! Slow down the speed of the presenttion and add dialoque to explain what you are demonstrating

  • Dennes Says:

    Since Vista, Microsoft has it's own native snipping tool, which no one seems to know.

    Search for snipping tool in your startmenu. Tadaaa :) and you are ready to create snippets from your screen.

  • Lingh Says:

    My husband just got a jumper for our daughter, any of these methods work on her computer, her screenshots go directly to "one drive" and she can't even rename it or load them in photoshop.

  • jeff card Says:

    Thank you for these instructions, really helpful!! I always use acethinker screen grabber to capture screenshot on my windows 10 laptop, free and works quite well. I think it's better than the snip tool from microsoft.

  • Annonomus Dragon Says:

    How do you take a screenshot on a digital 2 tablet??? I can't figure it out and it keeps randomly taking screenshots. 😑


    HI! When i do a restart it shows a new scenery picture all-time when i type in password. How do i manage these pics i would like to delete some-thanks gary

  • Met Rivers Says:

    Thanks, your post answered my query! Gave me a quick fix.

  • Vera Platt Says:

    The snip tool from microsoft W10 is a far better replacement of the snipping tool.

  • Iranboys Says:

    thank u for sharing this ...can u suggest any idea how to capture high resolution screenshot...??

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  • John Dolan Says:

    Great post! Very informative! Thanks!!!

  • g. familia Says:

    I use Greenshot at work. That works pretty well. The Snip It tool is nice, but i want something i can tag to the taskbar or launch more easily with a click or the way Greenshot does it..just hit print screen and then size and clip. Good information here though.THnks.

  • Bob Hobbs Says:

    I want to assign a value to an F key. F1=SS#, F2=Email, etc.

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