How to Take Screenshot in Microsoft Windows

In today’s world with smartphones everywhere, taking a screenshot isn’t really a big deal. Many of us know how to take a screenshot on our phones, but don’t know how to do it on a Windows PC. Why take a screenshot you ask? Well, there are some reasons for taking a screenshot. Say you’re talking to tech support and can’t explain the problem to them.

The easiest thing to do would be to take a screenshot and send to them. You saw a nice image that you can use for your blog or want to send to a friend, the best option is to screenshot it. Whatever the reason might be, you need to know how to do this action. You should know that there are different ways to take a screenshot on your PC. You can use paint, or you can use a utility such as snipping tool. Here’s how to do it:

Using Paint

  1. The first step here is to capture the image. You can do this by pressing Print Screen (Prt Sc) on your keyboard, and this will capture the entire display. If you only want a screenshot of the active window, then Alt+Print Screen is your best option.
  2. The next step will be to open paint, you know that nifty application that you used as a kid to pretend that you’re an artist. You can easily find this application by using the Windows search feature.
  3. Once you find paint, all you’re going to do is to paste the screenshot on to the program. You can do this by going to the upper left corner of the program and selecting edit then paste. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.
  4. Finally, you’re simply going to save the screenshot. Some edits can be performed on the image if you wish. Once all editing is done, select the “File” option which can be found in the top left corner of the program. Select Save as, name the file, choose a location to save the file at, choose the format with which the image should be saved (JPG is always the best option) and that’s it. Hit the save button, then you’re done.

Using Snipping Tool

There are utilities like snipping tool that gives you more customization options than the normal windows edit. Snipping tool can be found in versions of Windows starting from Windows Vista and beyond. This utility allows you to screenshot and save the image on the screen and share it with family and friend via email. Here’s how you use it:

  1. Use the Windows search feature and look for snipping tools.
  2. Once found open the program. You’ll notice options such as new, cancel and options. New is the one you’ll want since you’re taking a screenshot.
  3. You can decide the area you want to included in the snapshot by dragging the cursor around said area.
  4. Once you’re done, a new window with the image will pop up. If you like the image click on file, then save. If you want to share the image via email, then select email the screenshot and that’s it.

Now you know how to take and save a screenshot on your Windows PC. Did you find that helpful? Are there some tricks that you’d like to share? Please feel free to let us know in the comments below.


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