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Tech Q&A: How To Take a Screenshots on Windows 10

Question from Femi Oladele.:  My eyesight isn’t what it used to be Simmy, and now that I’ve upgraded my PC to Windows 10 I sometimes have trouble doing alot of things.

I have read all your tips on your blog and i have no where see how to take screenshots on windows 10, getting to take screenshots on windows 7 is quiet easy, how can I do it in Windows 10? Thanks in advance for your help!

Simmyideas’s answer:  You’re certainly not alone Femi!!!. Lots of folks have trouble doing this. Luckily, it’s very easy to take sceeenshots in Windows 10. Here’s how:

Capture the entire screen

Type PRTSCN (“print screen”). This will save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard. To paste this image elsewhere (such as in Paint, Word, or other applications), type CTRL + V.

Type WINKEY + PRTSCN. This will save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard and will create a screenshot file in your Screenshots folder (in Pictures) in PNG format.

Press START + VOLUME DOWN buttons. On Surface and other Windows devices with hardware START and volume buttons, this will save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard and will create a screenshot file in your Screenshots folder (in Pictures) in PNG format.

Snipping Tool. With the Snipping Tool utility, select New and then Full-screen Snip to save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard and be prompted to save the resulting capture to a file.

keyboard shortcuts

Capture the active window

Type ALT + PRTSCN. This will save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard. To paste this image elsewhere (such as in Paint, Word, or other applications), type CTRL + V.

PrintScreen

Snipping Tool. With the Snipping Tool utility, select New and then Window Snip. Then, using the mouse, hover over the window you wish to save to select, and then click it. This will save the screen image—sans mouse pointer—to the clipboard and be prompted to save the resulting capture to a file. (Note that the window you’re capturing needs to be at the forefront; Snipping Tool cannot capture the image of a window that is partially or fully hidden.)

Windows 10 snipping tools

Other screenshot notes

Snipping Tool is a bit complex, but it’s also pretty versatile. In addition to full-screen and window captures, it can also be used to arbitrary rectangles or freeform shapes. And it has an optional delay timer that can be used to make sure everything is set up correctly.

Office Snip, recently released by Microsoft, is free and provides some features that will be of particular interest to Office Mix users, including the ability to annotate screen captures with ink or audio narration.

Note: these are not the only ways in which to take screenshots in Windows 10. They’re just the best or most obvious ways, and regardless of your device type you should find one or more methods here that can work for you.

That’s all there is to it Femi. This are all the methods which can be used to screenshot on windows 10, and therefore easier to apply. I wish you the best of luck!

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