How to take a Screenhot on windows?

Different ways of taking a screenshot on Windows

  •         Take a quick and reliable screenshot within almost no time with print screen button on your keyboard
  •         Take a more flexible and selected screenshot with by default feature of windows, that is the snipping tool
  •         You can use keyboard shortcuts with a game bar in windows 10
  •         With Snagit, take the more efficient result

With built-in functions and features of windows, you can have a screenshot, but third party software and applications also provide some flexible features for taking. In this article, we will discuss the above-mentioned ways of taking screenshots

  1.   Take a quick and reliable screenshot within almost no time with print screen button on your keyboard

In laptops and personal computers, this is a by default feature of windows, in which you can take a screenshot and save it as a file on your device, with just one click you can have a print of your required display screen. This is a very easy way of taking screenshots, as it does not need any software to download as a pre-requisite.  The print screen button may be labeled as “PrtScn,” “PrntScrn,” “Print Scr,” or something similar.

Press the “Windows logo key + print screen button”, after you get into display content you want to have in your screenshot image, some devices blink whereas on some computers it seems like nothing has happened. You might know windows by default “Picture” directory, there you will find a folder with the name “Screenshots”, double click on that folder, you will find your screenshot. Screenshots are automatically tagged with numbers like ‘Screenshot 1, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, and so on’. Generally, the windows operating system saves a screenshot in .png format, which is Portable Network Graphics (PNG), a dot matrix data structure file format that supports lossless data compression.

If you have the “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing” turned on in your visual effects settings of your device, you will see that your screen blinks a little, with the following directory, (System –> Advanced system settings –> Click the Advanced tab –> Click Settings under Performance section).

What can you do with a screenshot?

ü  You can open the screenshot in any tool, like photo viewer, etc and it acts similarly as a PNG image does, so you can use it as a PNG image in websites and many PNG supportive devices.

ü  There you have multiple options like share button, just click on the share button and you can share that screenshot with others, which is the best and easy use of a screenshot.

ü  Photo editing option is the essence of the matter as it helps you to alter your image properties into different forms, including filter effects, rotation, crop, and so on. There you can find more information about your screenshot (size, length width of your screenshot image), and you can set it as a background of your display, and you can also have a print of your screenshot.

1. When you want to capture screenshot without automatic saving of screenshot image

If you want to take a screenshot but you do not want to save it in Picture directory then it is easier than the previous one just press the “PrtScn” key, screenshot of your display is now copied to the clipboard of your device. Get into your favorite image editor, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or program of your choice or where you want to use screenshot, and Paste the screenshot by just “control + V” wherever you like. The dimensions of the image will be the same as the resolution of your device. 

Note: There might be a little difference, as on some laptops and other devices, you may need to press the “Alt + Fn + PrtScn” keys instead of “windows + print Scr”. Check your device’s manual for further details.

2. Take a screenshot of your selected display are within a blink of an eye with snipping tool feature

The snipping tool is the part of the Microsoft Windows operating system, Since Windows vista (Version of windows released in 2006).” Snipping Tool is a Microsoft Windows screenshot utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take still screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen”. Snipping Tool in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 has 1 limitation, it could not capture screenshots that involved the movement of the mouse. To capture a screenshot that involves mouse movement, like tooltips and pop-up menus, you will have to use other methods.

In Windows 10, Snipping Tool has an additional option of delay dropdown, that permits users to capture screenshots where mouse movement is involved. Get into Snipping Tool application and in the drop-down of “Delay”, click on the number of seconds you like to wait for your screenshot to be taken. Delay function works just like the timer in an automated Digital Single-lens reflex camera (DSLR).

What different options “Snipping tool” provides?

Free-Form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window snip, Full-screen snip are the four options in the snipping tool to meet the requirements of its users.

Let us have a look at the above-mentioned four options. First of all, with Free-Form snip, you get a pair of scissors which is the perfect matching as this option works similarly as a pair of scissors do. If you have ever used scissors, you can understand it very easily. Just cut the content area of your display screen and leave the cursor, you get that cut down the content area as an image that you can save and edit according to your use. Secondly, with the Rectangular snip option, you have a rectangular selector as your cursor. Just bring your required content inside the rectangular area of your selector and get that content as an image. Thirdly, Window snip option captures the screenshot of the whole windows screen. Finally, Full-Screen snip gives a screenshot image of every single thing on your display.

“Options” menu of snipping tool gives smart and amazing part of settings which include hiding instruction text, always copy snips to the clipboard, include URL below snips (HTML only), prompt to save snips before exiting, show screen overlay when snipping tool is active, so you can achieve what your need is. With these settings, you can have reliability and ease of use while using the snipping tool.

  •     You can use keyboard shortcuts with a game bar in windows 10

To have gameplay footage and capture screenshots of Windows PCs games, Windows 10 ships with game Digital Video Recorder (DVR) features. Screenshot taken with Game Bar is in.PNG format, and by default is saved in “C:\Users\[your username]\Videos\Captures” directory. Before you use the game bar, launch the Xbox app that came with Windows 10 and get into settings. Under the option of “Game DVR”, switch on “Take screenshots using Game DVR,” and assign keyboard shortcuts to it of your choice.

  •    Use Sniget to capture a flexible and reliable screenshot and get an efficient result

Snagit is a screenshot capturing program that takes video display and audio output of a display. Originally for the Microsoft Windows operating systems now with few features is also available for Mac operating system. Created and distributed by TechSmith this smart tool was first launched in 1990.

By-default features of windows operating systems have some limitations because of not having a single task to perform as they come as a side feature with the operating system, hence third-party tools are the best options. If you can spend a few dollars, Snagit is a top-quality tool that captures screenshots smartly. Snagit has many features that allow you to target particular windows, a snapshot of a region, and even take the full text of a window that is scrolling.

What is the purpose of taking a screenshot?

To share with others or reference later, screenshots capture what exactly you are seeing on your display screen. Capturing screenshots, saving them, and sharing them with others can really be helpful. If you work with a team and you want them to see what error are you getting while working on your laptop with a specific tool, you certainly need a screenshot of that error. Similarly, if you have purchased software or a tool and there is a bug while installing or running that software/tool, you again need a screenshot of that error so you can send it to your service provider for checking. If the screenshot was not important, why would windows have a by default feature in it?

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