There are many ways of doing this task, using your keyboard keys, windows inbuilt snipping tool (free tool for taking snapshots) and you can even use a third-party software for taking screenshots in Windows 10.
Capturing screenshots of your PC screen can come in handy many times such as for preparing your final semester IT projects (project images on the screen), writing a how-to article for a blog or to show something that is difficult to explain in words.
There are times when you found something important on the internet and want to save it for future purpose, you can simply take a snapshot of that particular area or complete screen.
Method #1: Keyboard Shortcut methods to take a Screenshot
Use Print Screen (PrtScn)
This method captures the whole screen of your computer.
Press PrtScn button on the keyboard, a screenshot of the active screen will be copied to the clipboard. Then open an image editing software such as Paint and paste it here. Edit the screenshot according to your need and save it.
Use Windows + PrtScn
This method takes a screenshot of your entire window and saves it automatically on your computer.
Press Windows + PrtScn button to capture the screenshot. Your snapshot will be automatically saved as an image file(usually .png) in Picture > Screenshot folder.
Use Windows + Shift + S ( Only working in Windows 10 only )
This method works only in Windows 10 for taking screenshot of a specific region.
Press Windows + Shift + S button from the keyboard to capture some region of the screen. After pressing these buttons, the screen will be dimmed and you need to move your cursor to select the region which you want to capture in a screenshot. The screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. Open paint and paste your screenshot here, then edit and save it.
Method #2: Use Snipping Tool method to capture a Screenshot
Windows 10 and its earlier versions has an inbuilt tool (called Snipping tool) to take screenshots and edit them.
- Go to the start menu search box, search for Snipping Tool. Click on New to take a screenshot.
- In the snipping tools, there’s a Mode button that lets you decide what type of screenshot you want to take. You can choose from the free-form snip, rectangular snip, window snip, full-screen snip whichever suits your need. You can also edit the captured screenshot using the pen and highlighter tools.
Method #3: Use a Third Party Software for taking a screenshot- “PicPick by NGWIN”
In Windows, there are some third-party software available for taking great-looking screenshots. But I prefer to use ‘PicPick’ by NGWIN. It is simple and free to use and offers many features to edit and customize the captured screenshot.
If you are an advanced user or a Blogger who write step by step tutorial guides, then PickPick would come in handy for your screenshot purpose.
You can download PicPick for free from NGWIN website. Here’s the link- PicPick by NGWIN.
You can go with Windows 10 inbuilt keyboard methods to take screenshots unless you have an advanced need. Use a third party software like PicPick if you need more flexibility than the built-in tools.
If you know of some other methods to take screenshots, share them below.