How to screenshot on Windows?

Software FAQ

Take screenshots using system tools or additional programs.

Standard Windows tools

Win + PrtSc

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: Win + PrtSc

Let’s start with the simplest. To instantly take a screenshot of the entire screen, use the key combination Win (with a flag) + PrtSc (Print Screen).

The system will take a screenshot and immediately save it to your hard drive in PNG format. You will find the finished file at the address: “This PC” → “Pictures” → “Screenshots”.

PrtSc + Paint

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: PrtSc + Paint

This method also allows you to take a screenshot of the entire screen, but you can immediately edit the result if necessary.

Press the PrtSc key. Windows will take a screenshot, but will not show it: the system will not save the image to the hard disk, but only copy it to the clipboard.

To see the screenshot, start Paint and paste the image into the program window using the Ctrl + V keys. If necessary, change the picture using the editor.

Click “File” → “Save As” and save the screenshot in the desired format. The image will appear in the folder you specified. Instead of Paint, you can use any other graphics editor installed on your PC.

Alt + PrtSc

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: Alt + PrtSc

This key combination takes a screenshot of the active window and, like the previous method, copies the resulting image to the clipboard.

Press Alt + PrtSc. Then open Paint or another graphics editor and use the Ctrl + V keys to paste the screenshot. Edit the image, if necessary, and save it to any folder in a convenient format.

Program “Scissors”

Windows 10 Screenshot: Snipping Tool

Windows 10 has a built-in screenshot manager that allows you to take screenshots of the entire screen, individual fragments and selected windows. This is the Scissors app. It is easy to find by name through the system search.

After launching the “Scissors”, press “Mode” and select the desired display area. Then use the “Create” button and click on the screen.

When the screenshot is ready, the program will open it in a new window. Here you can put your own notes on the image and send it by mail or simply save it to your hard drive.

Program “Fragment and Sketch”

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: Snip and Sketch

Windows 10 recently added another screenshot app called Snip and Sketch. With it, you can also take pictures of a selected area, selected windows, or the entire screen. Most likely, in the future this utility will replace Scissors.

To call Snip and Sketch, press Win + Shift + S or search for the program by name using the system search. After launching it, select the screenshot area using the buttons that appear on the display.

To see a screenshot, open Paint and press Ctrl + V. When the image appears in the program, it can be edited and saved to your hard drive . Some builds of Windows have a built-in editor in Snip and Sketch that lets you bypass Paint.

Third Party Programs

If the standard methods are not enough for you, you can try these tools with additional features.

1. Nimbus Capture

Windows 10 Screenshot: Nimbus Capture

Nimbus Capture is a browser plugin that makes it very convenient to take screenshots of web pages. In addition to the usual screenshots of the entire screen, window or selection, it also allows you to capture the full length of the page, even if it does not fit on the screen.

And in Nimbus Capture, you can edit images and save them directly to Google Drive. Plus, the plugin can record screen video.

To take a screenshot , just click on the Nimbus Capture button on the browser bar and select an area of ​​the screen. You can also set hotkeys and image format: PNG or JPG.

All of the above features are available for free. But, if you want to attach your logo to the screenshots, save them to Dropbox and get online technical support, you will have to sign up for a subscription that costs $15 per year.


How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: PicPick

An image editor very similar to Paint with a screenshot feature. PicPick can take screenshots of the entire screen, any selected area and the selected window – including scrolling. As for the editor, in addition to basic functions like adding text and notes, it allows you to adjust the colors of images and apply various effects.

You can set up hotkeys and save the file in one of the following formats: PNG, JPG, BMP, PDF , and GIF. After installation, the program icon appears on the taskbar. To take a screenshot, you need to click on it and select an area of ​​the screen.

The program can be used for free, but in this case, new versions will have to be downloaded from the site manually. For the possibility of auto-update, developers ask for a one-time payment of $ 30.


How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: LightShot

LightShot is the simplest tool that allows you to take screenshots of a selected area in a couple of clicks. You just need to click on the program icon and select the desired fragment with the mouse. After that, you can add text, arrows, or draw something over the image.

LightShot makes it very convenient to share screenshots. After taking a screenshot , you can immediately save it on the program server to get a direct link to send to colleagues or friends. There are two formats available: PNG and JPG.

The application is free, but before installation it offers to download additional software. Don’t forget to refuse it.

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