How do I take a screenshot?

Screenshots are vastly used and adapted in all industry to share the display on any particular screen. This is basically an image that was captured whatever displayed on the screen at the time of capturing. In a recent update, Microsoft added a whole lot of features that a user can enjoy while using the Windows Operating System. This is no doubt, in today’s scenario; a lot of PCs are using Microsoft Windows to handle their day to day tasks.

On this website, we are going to discuss capturing screenshots on various Windows OS (Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista) Step by step. Follow the guide and you can do this yourself simply.

Methods to take a Screenshot in Windows 10 OS

Taking a screenshot on Windows 10 OS is very easy and can be done in various simple ways. Follow the below instruction to find the best suitable solution for yourself.

A. TAKING SCREENSHOT OF THE WHOLE SCREEN THAT IS DISPLAYED ON THE WINDOW

Taking screenshot is a very easy task if the user follows and understands the basic thumb rules of taking the screenshot. Taking a screenshot of the whole that displayed on your screen is very easy.

Firstly, Prepare the screen for which you want to take the screenshot.

Now, Press the “Print-Scrn” button on your keyboard. This will take the screenshot of whatever is on your screen and store the same on the clipboard. So, now you need to paste it on any Graphics editor programs. Here, we recommend using “Paint” as this is the most basic software and available on all Windows OS by default.

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Then, Open “Paint” and press “Ctrl+V” (Paste) to paste the stored screenshot on the program.

Finally, Save the screenshot as .jpeg or .png as per your wish by going to Save As option.
Now, your screen shot is saved in the directory you choose as an image file and you can use it just like other image files.

B. TAKING SCREENSHOT OF A SPECIFIC PART OF THE WINDOW

Microsoft has added a function called “Snipping Tool” specially designed to take screenshots either of the whole screen or a part. Here, we’ll discuss how to use the tool efficiently to take a screenshot of a specific part of the screen.

Firstly, Go to the search bar at the bottom and type “Snipping Tool” to search for the program. Upon displaying, tap on it to open.

Then, the tool opens and you can observe three options – New, Cancel and Options. Click on the “New” as you want to take a new screenshot.

Now, Drag the mouse pointer by adjusting the cursor and select the specific area you want to capture as a screenshot. Upon completion, leave the mouse button and you can see the selected area will open in a different pop-up window.

Finally, hit the “Save” button at the top to save the selected specific area screenshot as an image file.

So, now, this image file can be shared and stored for any purpose.

C. TAKING SCREENSHOT OF AN ACTIVE WINDOW

On Windows 10, this is also very easy to take a screenshot of the active window as well. You just need to follow the instructions below step by step.

Firstly, Tap on the “Alt+Prnt Scrn” together. This command will store the screenshot on the clipboard instantly.

Now, Go to the search bar below and type “Paint” to open the program.

Finally, Paste the copied screenshot on the paint window by pressing CTRL+V and save it as an image file.

That’s it. Your active window screenshot is ready to be used now.

CREATE AND CAPTURE SCREENSHOT ON WINDOWS 8

The process of taking a screenshot of Windows 8 is almost similar to the Windows 10. Here, you can find the simplest and most used methods below.

Firstly, prepare the screen for taking the screenshot and now press the “Prnt-Scr” button on the keyboard. Now open any Graphics editor (Like Paint) and paste the captured screenshot by pressing CTRL+V. Finally, Save the file as an image and use this as per your requirement.

There is also a process of taking a screenshot on Windows 8 as well. To do so, the user has to simply press the “Prnt Scr” button while keep pressing the window button (Windows button + Prnt Scr). This will instantly save whatever displayed on the screen as a .jpeg image file on the “Picture” folder and can be accessed by opening the library folder.

CREATE AND CAPTURE SCREENSHOTS ON WINDOWS 7 AND WINDOWS VISTA

On the Windows 7 and Vista, the process of taking a screenshot is same as far as the basic technique involved. But the interface is a bit different from the Windows 8 and Windows 10 versions.

Firstly, after preparing the screen for the screenshot, press the “Prnt Scr” button on the keyboard.

Now, go to the start menu > All Programs > Accessories > Paint and open the program.

Finally, Paste the captured screenshot on the “Paint” window by pressing CTRL+V and save it as an image file.

Now, your screenshot is saved and ready to be used and shared as per your desire.