How to take screenshots on Windows?
Taking screenshots is an essential part of our day to day operations with a PC. Almost all operating systems have a way of taking screenshots on the device on which it is used. Windows is no different. How to take a screenshot on Windows? We present the most common methods of taking a screenshot on Windows.
Windows has been around since quite long. Taking screenshots has been quite an easy affair with Windows for the normal users like us. The Print Screen option has been there since the beginning and we have all been using it almost all the time when we are in need of a screenshot.
However, Windows does have some more unique ways of taking a screenshot. Each of these methods caters to some specific requirement you may be having. The methods work in almost all versions of Windows with the exception of one of them which is available only in Windows Vista and later. Let us dig deeper into the best ways to take a screenshot on Windows.
Taking a screenshot using Print Screen
Well, all Windows users are aware of this method of taking a screenshot. In fact, this can be considered to be the simplest way of taking a screenshot on Windows.
The Print Screen button on your keyboard can be used to take the screenshots in different ways. One of the easiest ways is to take the screenshot of your entire screen. Follow the steps below to take a screenshot using the button.
Please note that we have pasted the screenshot in the Paint program as an example. You can paste it in Word editor or any other program that can deal with image files. Moreover, some laptops may require you to press alt+fn+prt sc or any other button combinations to copy the contents of the screen on the clipboard. Refer to your laptop documentation for details.
Saving the screenshot as a file
This method can be helpful when you have to take several screenshots in one go. The method will do away the need to paste the contents of the keyboard on the destination program for each shot taken. The screenshots will be saved as a file on your device.
Follow the steps below to take the screenshots -
Some laptops may need you to use Windows Logo+ctrl.Prt Sc or Windows Logo+Fn+Prt Sc for taking the screenshot. Refer to your laptop documantation for clear instructions.
Taking screenshot of a single Window
This method will be helpful when you have several Windows open on your desktop and you want to take the screenshot of the active Window alone. Make sure that the active Window or the Window which you want to take the screenshot of is at the foreground.
Follow these steps to take a screenshot of the active Window -
Taking a screenshot of only a part of the screen
Well, you can use any of the above methods to take a screenshot and then edit the image file to achieve this task. However, Windows Vista and later versions of Windows have made it simpler for you. The Windows Snipping Tool available in the later versions is an excellent option for the purpose of taking a screenshot.
The Windows Snipping Tool can be found under Accessories under programs. To find it,
Alternatively, you can also type in Snipping Tool in the search box and find it.
Follow the steps below to take a screenshot using the Windows Snipping Tool.
In fact, the Snipping Tool method lets you take a shot of only that part which you would need. Thus, it helps you save a screenshot really quickly and saves a lot of time that otherwise would go in editing the file separately.
Well, those were a few handy methods to allow you take screenshots on your Windows device. We have concentrated on the built in tools that are available on Windows for taking a screenshot. There are several third party applications available that help you take screenshots of your Windows screen. Unless you have very specific or advanced requirements, we do not see any reason why would one need a third party software for the purpose of taking a screenshot. Which of the methods featured above have you used for taking a screenshot? Do share your views and opinions with us so that our readers will benefit from your feedback.