Whether you’re sharing information with your IT specialist or writing a how-to, taking a snapshot of your laptop can be quite beneficial. Fortunately, there are numerous options for taking screenshots on Windows 10, and we’ve assembled a list of them right here.
1. Utilize the Software Included with Your Graphics Card (Nvidia or AMD)
Typically, screenshots are a more advanced aspect. Depending on the application or game you’re using, you may be unable to access the default Windows shortcuts for taking screenshots. It’s prudent to maintain a backup in these circumstances. You may have one if you are using an Nvidia or AMD graphics card.
Nvidia GPU owners who have activated GeForce Experience should be able to snap a screenshot by pressing Alt + F1. (You may modify the hotkey via the GeForce Experience overlay, which you can access by pressing Alt + Z.)
Meanwhile, AMD GPU owners can capture screenshots by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I, but you can modify this hotkey to one of your choosing using Radeon Software’s “Settings -> Hotkeys” menu.
2. Snip & Sketch: Stay Ahead of the Curve
For years, the built-in Windows Snipping Tool served us well, but in the interest of modernity, Microsoft released a whole new screenshot application this year called “Snip & Sketch,” which can finally completely replace Snipping Tool. If you need to be ahead of the curve, this must be used in lieu.
To launch Snip & Sketch, hold down the Win key, type “snip,” and then select “Snip & Sketch.”
By clicking New in the top-left nook of the Snip & Sketch box, you can jet directly into a snip. (Click the arrow next to it to start a timer for a screenshot.)
After clicking New, you’ll see icons for four different types of snips at the top of your screen: Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, and Fullscreen Snip. Select the one you require and make your own customized screenshot!
Once you’ve produced a screenshot, you may also make minor modifications to it, save it, and share it with specific folks or across the internet (choice on the top-right nook).
3. Utilize the Snipping Tool to Take a Screenshot
Even though Snip & Sketch is ready to take its place, the Snipping Tool is still available in Windows 10 and remains an excellent tool for taking screenshots. It’s been around since the Vista era, and for good reason. It’s intuitive and straightforward to use. Navigate to “Start -> All Programs -> Windows Accessories -> Snipping Tool” to launch the application.
With the app open, click “New” to initiate the screenshot capture process. This will mechanically dull your display screen, but do not be alarmed. This simply indicates that the software is prepared to “snip” the area of the display screen that you have designated.
Simply click and drag your mouse to crop your display screen to include the specified space. By releasing the mouse button, a preview of your newly created screenshot will be generated automatically. To set it aside, click on the floppy disk icon in the Snipping Tool window’s top-left corner. If you exit this system without saving the current state, the screenshot is lost.
Bear in mind that the default type of snip is an oblong field. When you click the arrow next to the “New” button in the Snipping Tool, a drop-down field appears, allowing you to switch between freeform, window, and full display screen snips.
4. The Easiest Method for Taking Screenshots in Windows: Using the PrtScn Button
In Windows 10, the snipping software should not be the only way to capture screenshots. By pressing the “Print Screen” button repeatedly, you can capture snapshots of your entire display screen. This button may be called “PrtScn,” “PrtSc,” or anything similarly descriptive. Bear in mind that on some laptop keyboards, you may need to simultaneously press the Function “Fn” button and the “Print Screen” button to activate the feature.
Pressing the “Print Screen” button appears to have no effect. It has, however, undoubtedly captured your display screen. Rather than storing the screenshot, the “Print Screen” button copies it to the clipboard. To save the screenshot, copy it from the clipboard and paste it into another software. After you’ve copied your screenshot into Paint, Word, or another software, it’s possible to save it in the location of your selection.
5. Windows Key + PrtScn
While copying a screenshot into another software is advantageous if you wish to change it, what if you require your display screen in its current state? Fortunately, there is a quick and simple way to accomplish this. All you may need to do is simultaneously press the Windows key and the Print Screen button.
This will cause your display screen to darken briefly, indicating that it has successfully captured a snapshot of your display screen. The snapshot will appear in a folder under your “Pictures” folder called “Screenshots.”
Info : on some laptops, the Fn key may be required to activate the Print Screen button. In this situation, you’d need to simultaneously press the Windows, Fn, and Print Screen keys.
6. Take Screenshot of Only One Window
In some circumstances, you may not wish to take up the entire display screen. Fortunately, there is a keyboard shortcut for screenshotting a single window. Simply click on the title bar of the window you wish to capture and simultaneously press Alt + PrtScn. This will take a screenshot of the active window and copy it to the clipboard. To save or edit the image, you should paste it into the system of your choice.
7. Take a Screenshot of a Selected Area of Your Display
You’re in luck if all you need is a screenshot of a single window rather than the complete display screen. Concurrently pressing Win + Shift + S causes your display screen to darken and your mouse cursor to change. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it looks and functions identically to the Snipping Tool discussed previously.
To capture a portion of your display screen, click and drag within it. When the mouse is released, the most critical differential between this shortcut and the Snipping Tool becomes apparent. Unlike the Snipping Tool, this shortcut does not provide a preview of your screenshot automatically. Rather than that, it simply copies the snapshot to the clipboard, which means you’ll need to transfer it into an editing software (Word, Paint, etc.) before you can set it aside.