Internet is considered by many to be a blessing and miracle because of the world it opens for us. Boredom is the yesteryear’s folklore as in this day and age of the world wide web, you get a lot of things done and thanks to our browsing history and reminder apps, we don’t have to use our memory much. But, we’ve all been through a time when we really need to keep a record of stuff that we might or might not need in the future. Screenshots have made it plenty easy to store and share information through innumerable sources and Windows 10 has several ways through which you can screengrab the contents of your screen. So today, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on Windows 10.
How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 10
There are many ways to take a screenshot on your Windows 10 PC. Some are built-in while other ways require you to download third-party apps. Let’s find your sweet spot.
METHOD 1: WINDOWS + PRINT SCREEN
This is by default the most used shortcut for taking screenshots. Hit the Windows logo and Print Screen key simultaneously to capture the entire screen, which is automatically saved in a screenshots folder. You can find it in C:\Users\PC Name\Pictures\Screenshots. If the screen is dimmed for a few seconds, you’ve successfully captured the contents of your screen.
This option takes the screenshot within a second and is effortless. Ensure that your default shortcuts are set to these keys and if not, use Function key + Windows key + Print Screen combo.
METHOD 2: Windows Logo + Volume Down
This option is a Microsoft Surface-specific. Those rocking the device can use this method to take a screengrab. Hold down the Windows logo touch button at the bottom of your Surface device and tap the volume button on the side. This is the same way you take a screenshot on your smartphone. The screen will be dimmed for a few seconds and the screenshots will be saved to the Pictures>Screenshots folder.
METHOD 3: Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool is a creative hub that lets you control the way you want to capture your screen. Just click on the Snipping Tool icon and select NEW. This lets you capture a part of your screen, unlike other options wherein you had to take a screengrab of the whole page, later on needing to crop it. Once you’ve selected this option, the entire screen will be blurred with a + sign which you can drag around to capture a particular part of the screen.
The other options include MODE tool which is basically a shape selector. You can select free-form to capture a small part of the screen on your whim, Rectangular is the box shaped-default option, Window snip lets you screengrab a part of the open window on your screen, and Full-screen snip takes a screenshot of the whole screen. The last options give a pen tool for extra information or to just doodle.
The DELAY option lets you choose when the scissor icon appears after a set amount of time. This is generally a gimmick but might be useful for some people. There’ a CANCEL option in case you’ve made your mind not to take a screenshot. This, by far, is considered the best way to take a screenshot on Windows 10.
METHOD 4: Game bar
Game bar is a pre-installed app that is meant to act as a productive tool while you are gaming but this too can help take a screenshot if you follow the right steps. If you’ve never heard of the Game bar, search for it and adjust shortcuts as per your wish. Otherwise, simply hit the Windows logo/key + G key to summon the Game bar. Here, you’ll find a lot of options to tweak around. Your main focus should be the camera icon which captures a screenshot.
The other way to grab a screenshot is to hit the Windows key + Alt + PrtScn key combo to take a screenshot (Use Function + Windows key + Alt + PrtScn if the shortcut doesn’t work).
You can even set your own shortcuts in the Game bar. Ensure that the toggle for Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar is on. The screenshots are saved in C:\Users\PC Name\Videos\Captures. You can alternatively click on the small folder icon when you summon the Game bar.
METHOD 5: Screenshots stored in Clipboard
This one is not used so much but is easy for pasting in other applications. Just hit Windows + Shift + S keys and the background will be blurred until you take a screenshot. These screenshots are not stored on the computer, instead, they become a part of the clipboard. Just use Control + V in any application to paste the screenshot.
METHOD 6: Windows Ink Workspace
Windows Ink Workspace is a software hub introduced in Windows 10 Anniversary Update a few years ago. Microsoft introduced a Screen Sketch option along with it which makes it easy to doodle on your screenshot. Just press Windows Logo + W together to summon Windows Ink Workspace.
Select the third option Screen Sketch. Keep in mind that unlike Print Screen or Snipping Tool, you don’t have freedom for taking screengrabs. Once you select Screen Sketch, it’ll capture the default window you are on. You can change the types of pen, color, crop the image. Save the image as automatic saving is not its feature.
METHOD 7: Third-party app Snagit
If you are the one keeps piling on the screenshots folder, and none of the above methods seems to content you, try Snagit by TechSmith. It’s a brilliant solution for all your screenshot issues. The features are unparalleled. You get tonnes of functions like targeting specific windows or capturing full web pages through scrolling, recording short videos and annotating, drawing shapes and much more.
There’s a free trial of 15 days after which you’ll have to pay anywhere between ₹2,000-₹4,000. It’s a mind-boggling software that does wonders so give it a try.
I myself was appalled at the variety of options we get to such a menial task. There are many more methods to take a screenshot on your Windows 10 PC but they were rather complex. Comment below the method you swear by for taking screenshots.