How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 10

1 Introduction

There are several ways that you can take screenshots in Windows such as the Snip & Sketch tool, the Snipping Tool, the Print Screen button on your keyboard, as well as using third-party apps that you can install. Screenshots allow you to capture exactly what you see on the screen, which can be very helpful since they can be cropped, edited, shared or used in documents.
Before You Begin:
Windows 10 should be up to date.
Screenshot logo

2 Take Screenshot Using Snip & Sketch

The Snip & Sketch is set to replace the current Snipping Tool in a future Windows update. You may capture the screen in a couple of different ways: rectangular select, free-form capture, or full-screen. Once you're done, you can save it to a file.

Launch Snip & Sketch

  1. Click Start.
    Start Menu
  2. Type in Snip & Sketch in the search bar.
    Snip & Sketch
  3. Click on Snip & Sketch in the list.
    Snip & Sketch highlighted

Taking a Screenshot

  1. Click the down arrow to the right of New.
    Drop down arrow
  2. Select the time delay before the picture the screenshot is taken. This allows you to open any menus or other items not normally accessible.
    Time delay
  3. Once the time delay has ended you will be prompted with a greyed out screen with some different capture options.
    • Rectangular Snip - Allows you to drag a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
    • Freeform Snip - Allows you to draw around the area you wish to capture.
    • Full-screen Snip - Captures the entire screen.
    • Cancel - Well take you off the capture screen.
      Capture Options
  4. Next, select the area or screen you want to capture.
  5. Click on the Save icon.
    Save
  6. Choose a filename, file type, and then click Save.
    Save Options

3 Take Screenshot Using Snipping Tool

The Snipping tool allows you to capture portions of your screen and save it as an image. This tool is currently being phased out of Windows 10 and may eventually be removed from future versions of Windows 10.

Launch Snipping Tool

  1. Click Start.
    Start Menu
  2. Type in Snipping Tool in the search bar.
    Snipping Tool typed in the search bar
  3. Click on Snipping Tool in the list.
    Snipping tool highlighted in search results

Capture Modes

  1. Click Mode.
    Mode button highlighted
  2. Select the mode you wish to use.
    Mode drop down menu highlighted
    • Freeform Snip - Allows you to draw around the area you wish to capture.
    • Rectangular Snip - Allows you to drag a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
    • Window Snip - Click the open window you wish to capture.
    • Full-screen Snip - Captures the entire screen.

Capture Delay

  1. Click Delay.
    Delay button highlighted
  2. Choose the delay before the picture is taken.
    Delay menu highlighted

Taking a Screenshot

  1. Click on New.
    New
  2. After the delay time has passed, your screen will go dim and you can select what you want to capture.
  3. You will see the image appear in the snipping tool.
    Example captured image in snipping tool

Saving Your Captured Image

  1. Click the picture of a floppy disk.
    Save button highlighted
  2. Type a file name you would like to use to identify the file.
    Filename field highlighted
  3. Choose the format that you would like to save your image as.
    File Type drop down menu highlighted
  4. Click Save.
    Save button highlighted

4 Take Screenshot Using Print Screen Function

Using the Print Screen button on your keyboard, you can capture your entire screen or window and copy it to the clipboard. From there, you may paste the image from the clipboard into an editor, word document or in an instant message. If you need to save a copy, you can save the entire screen to a file.

Depending on your keyboard, the Print Screen button may be located in a different location.

Capture Screen to Clipboard

Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard.
Print Screen key highlighted on keyboard

If you have more than 1 monitor, this will capture content across all monitors.

Capture Active Window to Clipboard

Press the Alt + Print Screen keys on your keyboard.
Keyboard with Alt and Print Screen keys highlighted

Capture Screenshot and Save to File

Press the Windows + Print Screen keys on the keyboard.
Windows and Print Screen buttons on keyboard highlighted

If you have more than 1 monitor, this will capture content across all monitors.

Opening a Screenshot that was Saved to File

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Type File Explorer in the search bar.
  3. Click on File Explorer from the search results.
  4. Click on Pictures in the left navigation pane
  5. Your files will be located in the Screenshots folder.

5 Screenshots Using Third Party Apps

There are third party apps that allow you to take control of your screenshots and add additional functionality. These apps may take over the default keys or compliment them in other ways.

Dropbox
DropboxDropbox is a program that provides you access to cloud storage. An advantage to this software is the integrated support of saving screenshots directly to Dropbox. This will make it accessible to all your devices. For more information, visit https://www.dropbox.com.
Greenshots
GreenshotsGreenshots is a screen capture tool that Is bundled with an imaged editor. This will allow you to edit the image that you captured. For more information, visit https://getgreenshot.org/.
PicPick
PicPick PicPick is a full-featured screen capture tool. The program is bundled with an intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more. For more information, visit https://picpick.app/en/.

 

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There are several ways that you can take screenshots in Windows such as the Snip & Sketch tool, the Snipping Tool, the Print Screen button on your keyboard, as well as using third-party apps that you can install. Screenshots allow you to capture exactly what you see on the screen, which can be very helpful since they can be cropped, edited, shared or used in documents.
Before You Begin:
Windows 10 should be up to date.
Screenshot logo

The Snip & Sketch is set to replace the current Snipping Tool in a future Windows update. You may capture the screen in a couple of different ways: rectangular select, free-form capture, or full-screen. Once you're done, you can save it to a file.

Launch Snip & Sketch

  1. Click Start.
    Start Menu
  2. Type in Snip & Sketch in the search bar.
    Snip & Sketch
  3. Click on Snip & Sketch in the list.
    Snip & Sketch highlighted

Taking a Screenshot

  1. Click the down arrow to the right of New.
    Drop down arrow
  2. Select the time delay before the picture the screenshot is taken. This allows you to open any menus or other items not normally accessible.
    Time delay
  3. Once the time delay has ended you will be prompted with a greyed out screen with some different capture options.
    • Rectangular Snip - Allows you to drag a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
    • Freeform Snip - Allows you to draw around the area you wish to capture.
    • Full-screen Snip - Captures the entire screen.
    • Cancel - Well take you off the capture screen.
      Capture Options
  4. Next, select the area or screen you want to capture.
  5. Click on the Save icon.
    Save
  6. Choose a filename, file type, and then click Save.
    Save Options

The Snipping tool allows you to capture portions of your screen and save it as an image. This tool is currently being phased out of Windows 10 and may eventually be removed from future versions of Windows 10.

Launch Snipping Tool

  1. Click Start.
    Start Menu
  2. Type in Snipping Tool in the search bar.
    Snipping Tool typed in the search bar
  3. Click on Snipping Tool in the list.
    Snipping tool highlighted in search results

Capture Modes

  1. Click Mode.
    Mode button highlighted
  2. Select the mode you wish to use.
    Mode drop down menu highlighted
    • Freeform Snip - Allows you to draw around the area you wish to capture.
    • Rectangular Snip - Allows you to drag a rectangle around the area you want to capture.
    • Window Snip - Click the open window you wish to capture.
    • Full-screen Snip - Captures the entire screen.

Capture Delay

  1. Click Delay.
    Delay button highlighted
  2. Choose the delay before the picture is taken.
    Delay menu highlighted

Taking a Screenshot

  1. Click on New.
    New
  2. After the delay time has passed, your screen will go dim and you can select what you want to capture.
  3. You will see the image appear in the snipping tool.
    Example captured image in snipping tool

Saving Your Captured Image

  1. Click the picture of a floppy disk.
    Save button highlighted
  2. Type a file name you would like to use to identify the file.
    Filename field highlighted
  3. Choose the format that you would like to save your image as.
    File Type drop down menu highlighted
  4. Click Save.
    Save button highlighted

Using the Print Screen button on your keyboard, you can capture your entire screen or window and copy it to the clipboard. From there, you may paste the image from the clipboard into an editor, word document or in an instant message. If you need to save a copy, you can save the entire screen to a file.

Depending on your keyboard, the Print Screen button may be located in a different location.

Capture Screen to Clipboard

Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard.
Print Screen key highlighted on keyboard

If you have more than 1 monitor, this will capture content across all monitors.

Capture Active Window to Clipboard

Press the Alt + Print Screen keys on your keyboard.
Keyboard with Alt and Print Screen keys highlighted

Capture Screenshot and Save to File

Press the Windows + Print Screen keys on the keyboard.
Windows and Print Screen buttons on keyboard highlighted

If you have more than 1 monitor, this will capture content across all monitors.

Opening a Screenshot that was Saved to File

  1. Click on the Start menu.
  2. Type File Explorer in the search bar.
  3. Click on File Explorer from the search results.
  4. Click on Pictures in the left navigation pane
  5. Your files will be located in the Screenshots folder.

There are third party apps that allow you to take control of your screenshots and add additional functionality. These apps may take over the default keys or compliment them in other ways.

Dropbox
DropboxDropbox is a program that provides you access to cloud storage. An advantage to this software is the integrated support of saving screenshots directly to Dropbox. This will make it accessible to all your devices. For more information, visit https://www.dropbox.com.
Greenshots
GreenshotsGreenshots is a screen capture tool that Is bundled with an imaged editor. This will allow you to edit the image that you captured. For more information, visit https://getgreenshot.org/.
PicPick
PicPick PicPick is a full-featured screen capture tool. The program is bundled with an intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more. For more information, visit https://picpick.app/en/.

 

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