How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 10 Computer?

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While you are browsing the internet, or watching a movie, or maybe for any other reason, you want to take a screenshot; Windows 10 offers various options to do so. You can capture the entire Window or a piece of Window too.

In the traditional Windows operating system, we use the keyboard button labeled “PrtScn” or “prt sc.” If your keyboard layout is mixed with Function Key (fn), you must press and hold the function key and press the PrtScn key to take the screenshot using the keyboard.

The print screen key captures the entire screen, and one has to edit it to get the desired results. However, there are some combinations of keys through which you can get some desired results:-

  1. PrtScn – When PrtScn (Print Screen) key is pressed, it captures the entire active window and keeps it in the clipboard. You can paste this screenshot into any compatible program like MS Word, Paint, etc.
  2. Alt + PrtScn – When the Alt + PrtScn key is pressed simultaneously, it only captures the active window and keeps it in the clipboard. You can paste this screenshot into any compatible program like MS Word, Paint, etc.
  3. Windows Key + Shift + S – When we press the Windows Key + Shift + S combination, the screen gets dimmed, and the mouse pointer changes. As usual, the screenshot gets captured in the clipboard, which you can paste into any compatible program.
  4. Windows Key + PrtScn – This combination of keys saves the entire screen in an image file in the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Now old days have gone, Microsoft has improved Windows 10 screen capturing method. In Windows 10, there is an inbuilt tool to take the screenshot of the opened window’s desired portion, which is called the Snipping Tool.

The Snipping Tool is convenient for those who usually capture the desired screen of the active window. Snipping Tool directly allows saving the image in the desired folder.

How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the Snipping Tool?

Step 1. To start the Snipping Tool in Windows 10, open the Start menu and type Snipping.

Step 2. Click Snipping Tool to launch it in the available search results.

Step 3. Select the desired mode of shape from the Mode menu, e.g., Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip.

Step 4. Once the correct mode is selected, click New and drag the mouse by pressing the left key to capture the desired active area screen. The screen will be freeze till you capture the screenshot.

Step 5. Now, you can save the screenshot in the desired location.

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