A screenshot is an image taken of whatever is on your screen
There are several ways to capture what you see on the screen.
Method One: Take Quick Screenshots with Print Screen (PrtScn)
The Print Screen button on your keyboard can take a screenshot and save it as a file, take a screenshot without saving it as a file, or take a screenshot of only one window (instead of the whole screen). The print screen button may be labeled as rtScn, PrntScrn, Print Scr, or something similar. On most keyboards, the button is usually found between F12 and Scroll Lock. On laptop keyboards, you may have to press the Function or Fn key to access the Print Screen feature. When you press the key, it will look like nothing happened, but the screenshot has been saved to your clipboard
To Save Your Screenshot as a File - Press the Windows logo key + PrtScn.
To Take a Screenshot Without Saving - Press the PrtScn key. A screenshot of your display is now copied to the clipboard. Open your favorite image editor, word processor, or other program you want to use the image in. Choose Edit Paste to paste the screenshot wherever you like. The dimensions of the image will be the same as your desktop resolution.
To Take a Screenshot of Only One Window - Click on the title bar of the window that you want to capture. Press Alt + PrtScn. A screenshot of your currently active window will be copied to the clipboard, just as in the last section. Paste it into your favorite image editor or document editor.
Method Two: To Take a Screenshot of Part of Your Screen - Press Windows + Shift + S. Your screen will appear grayed out and your mouse cursor will change. Click and drag on your screen to select the part of your screen you want to capture. A screenshot of the screen region you selected will be copied to your clipboard. You can paste it in any application by selecting Edit Paste or pressing Ctrl + V, just as you paste a full-screen shortcut taken with the Print Screen key.
Method Three: Windows has a built in application called Snipping Tool
Find Snipping Tool in All Programs list and pin it to your TASK BAR for easy access.
When you open Snipping Tool and select New, the screen will dim. Drag the cursor around the area you want to capture. As soon as you release the mouse button a new window will open showing what you captured. To Save, just click on File then Save As.
A new feature has been added to Snipping Tool = DELAY = . For those system displays that will not stay open when you select Snipping Tool, there is a built in Delay setting. Open Snipping Tool, and select Delay 5, NEW, then open the item you want to Snip and wait for five second and snipping tool will activate.
Method Four: Firefox web browser has a new feature called Take a Screenshot and it has a big advantage over the other methods. Take a Screenshot can capture the entire web page, not just what you see on the screen. Just Right Click on the page and in the pop up menu click on Take a Screenshot. There is a menu in the upper right corner for Save Full Page or Save Visible. Or you can just drag the cursor around the area you want to capture like in snipping tool.
- This page last updated on 27 June 2019.