Screenshot is a quick and handy way to share or save whatever showing on your computer screen. Screenshots are very helpful for bloggers like me who write on ‘How to’ topics. On this website you can find many screenshots that I’ve added to help you understand better. An individual can also take a screenshot to capture something important on his/her computer screen and later on it can be shared with someone. You don’t need to install any third party software to take screenshots on Windows computer. Your Windows laptop/PC lets you take screenshots by different methods like using Snipping Tool, by pressing PrtSc button etc. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you 4 ways to take screenshots on Windows 10/8/7 laptop or PC.
4 Ways to Take Screenshots on Windows 10/8/7 Laptop or PC
On every keyboard you can find PrtScn or PrtSc button. This button lets you take screenshot of entire screen. To take a screenshot, first press PrtScn button then open an image editor like MS Paint and press Ctrl+V to paste the screenshot in the software. Thereafter, you can use Crop tool to crop your screenshot or you can simply save entire screenshot as an image.
To save this file as an image, from the top left corner, click on File > Save as > Select preferred image format say JPEG. Then select a location where you want to save your image and give a name to your file and hit save button.
This is the easiest method to take screenshots on Windows 10/8/7 PC or Laptop. You can use this trick if you’ve to take multiple screenshots. To take a screenshot, all you’ve to do is press Windows + PrtScn buttons together. After pressing the buttons, your computer screen will dim for a moment which means the screenshot has been saved to your computer.
To find saved screenshot, open your Computer folder and from the sidebar, click on Pictures then Screenshots.
Above methods save screenshot of entire screen. But, what if you want to save a part of your computer screen as an image? Here Windows built-in screenshot tool, Snipping Tool, comes into play that lets you save full or a part of screen as an image. Snipping tool has four different modes to take screenshots like Free-form Snip, to take screenshot of your choice; Rectangular Snip; Window Snip, to take screenshot of a particular window or dialog box if you’ve opened multiple windows; Full-screen Snip, to take screenshot of entire screen. To open Snipping Tool, click on Windows start button then go to Windows Accessories and select Snipping Tool. You can also type Snipping Tool in the taskbar to find it easily.
To capture a screenshot using Snipping Tool, first select a Mode like I’ve selected Rectangular Snip and then click on New. Now entire screen will be highlighted, just left click and drag the cursor around an area to save screenshot of that area.
Alt + PrtScn buttons can be used to save screenshot of current or active window or dialog box. Let’s suppose you’ve multiple windows open and want to save screenshot of one of them. In that case, you can select a window whose screenshot you want to save and then can press Alt + PrtScn Buttons together. After doing that, open an image editor software like MS Paint and press Ctrl + V buttons or click on Paste button showing at the top left corner.
Above were some easy ways to save screenshots on Windows 10/8/7 laptop or PC. You can also use some third party software to do that. Third party screenshot software come with some handy features, however, above methods of taking screenshots are also fine for an individual. I advise you take screenshots at maximum possible resolution to save high quality images.