How to take a screenshot on a Windows PC

A screenshot or screen capture is a picture taken by a computer, mobile or tablet user, using the device to record the visible things displayed on the screen. The image is stored as an image or doc file. Screenshots can be taken using various programs or by using particular keyboard switches.

If you want to capture a screenshot on your computer screen, Windows offers a variety of procedures for doing that. The Easiest way to capture the visible things on your computer screen is to just press the “Prt Scn” key on your keyboard. It is available in top line of the keyboard at the right end. Just as shown below

And particularly in laptops you might need to trigger the Print Screen using the Function key.

Windows features several PrtScn variations in PC

Press PrtScn  If you press PrtScn option of the computer, it will capture your entire screen, now you can paste it into any program area like microsoft word, Notepad, Paint, Images etc.

Press Alt + PrtScn.   If you press Alt and PrtScn together at a time it will capture the active window , now you can paste it into any program..

Press the Windows key + Shift + S.  If you press the three options together i.e. windows , Shift, S  then mouse pointer will be changed .By dragging the mouse you can select the portion that you want to take screenshot , it will capture the selected portion , now you can paste it to any above written program area.

Press the Windows key + PrtScn. If you press Windows and PrtScn options together ,it will save the full screen as a image file. You can find it in the “Pictures” folder in the C drive, in a sub folder called “Screenshots.”

Win + Alt + Print Screen: It will capture the whole active window. It saves as an image to users folder in C drive.

Use the Snipping Tool program to take screenshots:- If you are finding difficulty to find PrtScn key then you can use Snipping tool method.

Step 1:- Run snipping tool program from windows start menu.

Step 2:- In the “Mode” drop down, choose the kind of screenshot shape you want – you can choose anything from full screen to rectangular to a free form to a window snip.

Step 3:– Click New option, and your screen will be very light. You may use the mouse to take the screenshot. You will see the screenshot in the Snipping Tool window.When you’re done, click “File” and then click “Save As” to save the screenshot to your computer.

However, it is a application that allows users to better define and capture portions of their desktop display as a screenshot.

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