Here are the 6 best methods to take screenshots of Windows 10 and other versions. Select the one that suits you best. However, if you ask us what is our recommendation, we would say TweakShot Screen Capture as it not only helps take screenshots but also allows you to edit them, capture video and what’s more you can even take scrolling screen screenshots, annotate text, highlight important things, blue sensitive information and a lot more. So, without any further delay let us learn how to use TweakShot Screen Capture and other 5 methods that will help take screenshots on a PC.
Screenshots these days have become very useful as they are now not only being used as a point of reference but also used to explain things. A screenshot helps capture the important information. But, if one wants to capture just a selected region or a complete screen then what is the best way? This is where these 6 methods to take screenshots on Windows 10 come in handy. So,let’s get started.
To take a screenshot on Windows 10 this one is the most commonly used method. Let us learn how using the Print Screen key (PrtScn) you can take a screenshot.
1) Open the image that you want to take a screenshot of.
2) Press the PrtScn key on your keyboard.
With this method you can take a screenshot of the entire screen. Next you can use tools like MS Paint to paste the captured screen and edit it. To paste it press Ctrl + V and use the editing tools to make changes to the screengrab.
In addition to this, by using other keys alongside the PrintScrn key you can capture selected regions and can even save it directly to the Picture library. Here’s how to use them.
Alt key + PrtScn: When you want to capture only the active screen, use Alt key and PrtScn key together.
- Open the screen you want to capture.
- Press Alt + PrtScn key
- Open MS Pain and paste the capture screen. You will see that this time only the active screen is captured. To make changes to it use the editing tools.
Windows + PrtScn: You like using the Print Scrn key to take screenshots but the extra step of using a separate app to save them is not of your liking. No worries, use Windows and PrtScn key together this will capture the entire screen and save it directly to Pictures> Screenshots under the Pictures library.
Method 2: Use The Snipping Tool
If you don’t like using the Print Screen key, no issues. Windows 10 has a built-in tool called Snipping Tool that will help take a screenshot of the complete screen or capture part of it. Follow the steps below to use the tool:
1) Press Windows + S and type the Snipping Tool in the search field.
2) Select the best search result. This will open the Snipping tool window for you.
3) To start taking the screenshot click on New.
4) Next, click the down arrow next to Mode and select from the different screen capture mode.
Rectangular snip will draw a rectangular portion around the screen you want to grab.
Free from snip gives you the control to decide which part of the screen should be captured.
Window snip allows you to take a screenshot of the active window.
Full-screen snip the name is self explanatory.
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5) Once you have taken the screenshot, save it at the location of your choice.
Another interesting feature that Snipping Tool offers is Dely. This feature allows you to capture a screen after the defined time. It is the same like the timer you set when you take selfies using your phone camera.
Another way to take a screenshot on Windows is to use the Game bar.
1) Press Windows key and G together to launch the Game bar.
2) To grab the screen click the camera icon. The tool will capture the full screen and will save it in the location C:\Users\( Username)\ Videos \Captures in .PNG format.
Alternatively you can use Windows key +Alt + PrtScn to access the camera. Also by clicking See my captures option you can access all the screenshots.
This method is different from the other method discussed above. Here when you press the key combination i.e. Windows key + Shift key + S the screen will turn gray allowing you to select the area you want to capture.
You can capture the rectangular region, free hand, active window and full screen.
Drag the cursor to the area by pressing the left mouse key. This will capture the selected area. You can then use MS Paint to paste and edit the image.
Unlike the above tools this one is a web browser based option to take screenshots on Windows. Available in Microsoft Edge with this tool you can take screenshots of web pages and save them. To use it follow these steps:
- Launch Edge browser.
- Click the Web Note button, which looks like a pen.
- Click on it. This will turn the address bar purple and will take the screenshot.
- You can now edit it using different options and can save it on the PC.
All the 5 methods above are built-in ways and features using which you can take screenshots on Windows 10. Certainly they are free but they are limited. First you need a separate application to work on them, which is not the case with third party screen capturing tools like TweakShot Screen Capture. The tool allows taking a screenshot, recording video and even editing the screen grab. You don’t need a separate application for that. Here’s how to use TweakShot Screen Capture to take a screenshot.
- Download, install and run TweakShot Screen Capture.
Alternatively, you can set Hotkeys. Click the gear icon, select Hot keys and set the key combination.
- Now you can start taking the screenshot on Windows.
4 Once the screenshot is captured TweakShot Screen Capture will open it in the TweakShot Editor where you will find different editing options.
5. To save it click File > Save.
Isn’t it an easy way? Please share your feedback and comments with us. With this we come to the end of the 6 methods you can use to take screenshots on Windows 10.