Many new users can’t find how to take screenshots on windows 10/11. If you are one of them, then this article is just for you.
Taking screenshots is one of the simplest things you can do on computers. Just press the “Windows Key” and “PrtSc Key” simultaneously and the screenshot of the screen will be saved automatically inside the Picture folder.
However, there are many other methods to take screenshots on windows 10/11. You can either use built-in methods of Windows or use third-party screenshot apps available for windows.
Almost all the possible ways to take screenshots are described in this guide so that you can choose the most suitable method for you. So, without any further description, let’s check the methods.
Table of Contents
- How to Take Screenshots on Windows 10/11
- Method 1: Take Screenshot Using Print Screen Key
- Method 2: Take Screenshot Using Alt + PrtSc Key
- Method 3: Take Screenshot Using Windows Logo + Print Screen Keys
- Method 4: Take Screenshot Using Snip & Sketch
- Method 5: Take Screenshot Using Snipping Tool
- Method 6: Take Screenshot Using the Game Bar
- Method 7: Take Screenshot Using Third Party Apps
- Bonus Tip: How to Take Screenshot on Microsoft Surface Device
- Frequently Asked Questions
How to Take Screenshots on Windows 10/11
In this article, we have mentioned multiple ways to take screenshots in both Windows 10 & 11. All of them works perfectly and you can try whatever you want.
Method 1: Take Screenshot Using Print Screen Key
You can Easily take Screenshot on Windows 10/11 using the Print Screen (PrtSc) key. This button usually located at the top-right side or at the bottom and beside the Alt/Fn key of Keyboards.
Step 1: Press the PrtSc button to capture the entire screen. It will automatically copy itto the clipboard but the image won’t save on your computer as a picture.
Step 2: To get the screenshot as image, you need to open a document (MS Word, or Google Doc) or an image processing tool (Microsoft Paint, Paint 3D or Photoshop) and then you have to paste it from the clipboard by pressing Ctrl + V or Right-Click on mouse and select Paste.
Step 3: Once the screenshot is pasted on paint tool, press Ctrl + S and select a folder location to save the screenshot.
Method 2: Take Screenshot Using Alt + PrtSc Key
If You want to capture only a Single Active Window on your computer, then you can use this method. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Open the window that you want to take the screenshot of and press the Alt key and PrtSc keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
Step 2: It will copy the screenshot into the clipboard. You can retrieve by pasting it somewhere like paint or word.
Step 3: Once you paste the screenshot on paint tool, press Ctrl + S keys and save the image wherever you want.
Method 3: Take Screenshot Using Windows Logo + Print Screen Keys
This is the easiest method to capture and save screenshot in a second.
Step 1: Press the Windows logo key + PrtSc key simultaneously. Your screen will go dim and the entire screen will be captured and save to your computer.
Step 2: Navigate to This PC >Picture > Screenshot and you’ll find the screenshot as an image file.
Method 4: Take Screenshot Using Snip & Sketch
Windows 10 and 11 comes with a built-in app named Snip & Sketch. You can either use shortcut keys to take screenshot using this tool, or you can take a screenshot manually by opening the tool. Both ways to take screenshot using Snip & Sketch is given below:
1. Using Shortcut Key of Snip & Sketch
Step 1: Press Windows Key + Shift + S. Your screen will go dim and a mini menu will appear on the top of the screen.
Step 2: You can choose any option to take a rectangular, free-form, specific window, or full screen capture.
Step 3: Drag your mouse while clicking and holding the left-mouse-button to choose the area of your screen that you want to take a screenshot.
Step 4: Once you’re done, release the left-mouse-button. It will copy the screenshot to your Clipboard.
Step 5: You can paste it on paint tool and save the screenshot as you’ve already done in the method 1 & 2.
2. Using Snip & Sketch app
Step 1: Type “Snip & Sketch” on the Windows search bar and select the tool.
Step 2: Click “New” to take a new screenshot.
Step 3: Click “Snip Now” to take screenshot instantly or select other options to take a delayed screenshot.
Step 4: Once you have captured the screenshot, the Snip & Sketch app will take you to a window where you can customize or edit your screenshot.
Step 5: Once you’re done with editing your screenshot, click Save to save the image, click Copy to copy and paste the image to elsewhere and click Share to share the image online.
Method 5: Take Screenshot Using Snipping Tool
Another built-in app of Windows 10/11 named Snipping Tool. You can also take screenshot on Windows 10/11 using this tool. Here is the instruction for using this tool.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring the search bar, type “Snipping tool”, and click to open the app.
Step 2: On the app, click “Mode” and select any option according to your preference.
Step 3: If you want to take a delayed screenshot, then click “Delay” and select the time. It will take screenshot after that certain amount of time.
Step 4: Click “New” and your screen will become fade out. In the meantime, your cursor will turn into a cross. You need to click and drag it on your screen to take screenshot.
Step 5: Once the screenshot is taken, you can edit the screenshot using the Pen & brush options.
Step 6: Once you done editing the screenshot, you can copy it to the clipboard, save it on your computer, share it via mail, or print the screenshot.
Method 6: Take Screenshot Using the Game Bar
Another option to take screenshot on Windows 10 & 11 is Game Bar. You easily take screenshot from this tool. Here are the steps on how you can take screenshot using this tool:
Step 1: Go to the exact active window or screen that you want to capture and press Windows Key + G simultaneously to open the Game Bar overlay.
Step 2: Click “Capture” to take screenshot or you can also press Windows Key + Alt + PrtSc to take an instant screenshot using Game Bar tool.
Step 3: Once the screenshot is captured, click on the folder icon to go to the folder where the screenshots using Game Bar are saved.
Method 7: Take Screenshot Using Third Party Apps
There are lots of third-party apps for taking screenshot are available online and you can install any of them on Windows 10/11 to take screenshots and do a lot of things with the taken screenshots.
After taking screenshots using these third-party apps, you can modify, mark and edit the captured image and also can save, share or print it. Here is a list of top 10 third-party screenshot apps.
- Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro
Bonus Tip: How to Take Screenshot on Microsoft Surface Device
If you want to take screenshot on Windows 10/11 with a Microsoft Surface device, then go the screen that you want to capture and press the Power Button + Volume Up Button simultaneously to take a screenshot. You can find the screenshot on the following navigation –
Pictures > Screenshots folder.
Note: If you are using a Surface 3 or earlier, you’ll need to press the Windows Logo + Volume Down Button to take screenshot on it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Are F12 Screenshots Saved?
While using the Steam app, pressing the F12 button will take a screenshot. You can find the taken screenshot from Steam app. Click View and select Screenshots to find the captured screenshot. You can also find them in the following directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\1249932981.
Why Can’t I Take Screenshot Using Prt Scn Button?
The PrtSc button may not work due to Physical damage of the button or because the keyboard needs a Firmware update. The outdated Windows can also be a reason why you can’t take screenshot using the PrtSc button. If you are using any third-party tool, then restart the tool and try pressing the PrsSc button again.
All the possible ways of taking screenshot on Windows 10/11 are described in the whole article. We hope, taking a screenshot seems an easy peasy matter to you after reading this guide. Before finishing, we would like suggest you to use the snipping tool or use third-party apps like LightShots to take screenshots. Although the other methods are fine, but the shortcuts may fail expecially in laptops. To know how to take and crop screenshots on MAC, Click Here.