8 ways to take a screenshot on Windows 10

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It's easy to take screenshots on a Windows 10 computer or tablet. To take a Windows 10 screenshot, you can use the PrtScn button on your keyboard or tools like Snip & Sketch. If you want to capture Windows screen, you can use Game Bar by pressing Windows key + G. Third-party apps offer even more features, such as automatic loading of screens to the Internet.

If you need to take Windows 10 screenshots of something on your computer screen, Windows 10 offers a variety of methods for doing so. Whether you want to save the entire screen or just a part of it, we've rounded up some common capture tools for taking a Windows 10 screenshot.

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1. Print screen 

The easiest way to capture Windows screen is the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. To capture the full screen, simply press PrtScn on the upper right side of the keyboard. 

The screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. To save the file, paste the screenshot into any program that allows you to insert images, such as Microsoft Word or Paint. Paste your screenshot into a program like Paint to save and edit it.

2. Windows + print screen

To take a screenshot on Windows 10 and automatically save the file, press the tasto Windows + PrtScn. The screen will go blank and a screenshot of the entire screen will be saved in the Pictures> Screenshots folder. You can automatically save screenshots by pressing the Windows key along with Print Screen.

3. Alt + Print Screen 

To capture only the active window you are working in and copy it to the clipboard, press Alt + PrtScn. You will need to paste it into another program to save it.

4. How to screenshot Windows 10 with the Snip & Sketch tool

Capture & Annotate is the best way to screenshot on Windows if you are looking to customize, annotate or share your screen captures. 

To activate Snip & Sketch, use the keyboard shortcut Tasto Windows + Shift + S . The screen will go blank and a mini menu will appear at the top of the screen, giving you the option to capture a rectangular, freeform, windowed or full screen capture. 

Click the menu to perform a rectangular, free-form, windowed, or full-screen (left to right) capture. With these Snip & Skitch options, you can choose how you want to take a screenshot: 

modality Function 
Rectangular  Resize a rectangle for the screenshot. 
Free form Draw freehand with the cursor. 
Window Choose a specific window to capture. 
Full screen Capture an image of the entire screen. 

After taking the screenshot, it will be saved to the clipboard and a preview notification will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Click the preview notification to open the Capture & Annotate app and edit the screenshot with the available drawing tools before saving or sharing.

5. Snipping tool 

Although Snip & Sketch will eventually replace the Snipping Tool on Windows, you can still use the old tool to take screenshots in Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista.

To launch the Snipping Tool, you will need to find it via the search bar. Use the "Mode" button to customize the screenshot, then click the "New" button to capture the screen. You can customize your screenshot with the Snipping Tool.

You can also time the acquisition up to five seconds via the “Delay” drop-down menu. After taking the screenshot, it will open in a new window, where you can annotate it, save it or share it with Microsoft Outlook.

6. Game bar 

The Game Bar is an overlay that you can use in most Windows 10 apps and games to take screenshots and record videos. To open the game bar, press Windows key + G

In the overlay menu, click the camera icon to take a full screen screenshot. You can also record a video clip by pressing the record button, with the option to include audio by clicking on the microphone icon. You can take screenshots or screen recordings with the Game Bar on Windows 10.

Screenshots and video clips captured from the Game Bar are saved in PNG format in the Videos> Captures folder. You can also find it via the game bar by clicking on “Show all captures” under the screenshot and record buttons.

7. Power on + Volume up 

To take a Windows 10 screenshot with a Microsoft Surface device, press the power button + volume up button . The screen will go blank and the screenshot will be saved in the Pictures> Screenshots folder. 

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