Do you use the operating program called Windows 10 and you have to take a screenshot quickly? Do you want to take the screenshot of the active window instead of the entire screen? do you want to take a free form screenshot of a certain area of the screen?
There are a lot of Windows apps, paid or free that can take screenshots. Before you install another app, it is better for you to make sure that you are familiar with the entire range of screenshot options that you already have available in Windows.
Method 1: Use the keyboard shortcut (PrtScn or Print Screen or CTRL + PrtScn
This one is the most known method and it works in all version of Windows. On your keyboard, you need to press the PrtScn or Print Screen key or CTRL+PrtScn keys. Then, Windows will create a screenshot of the entire screen and save it to the clipboard. In the next step, open the image editing program such as Paint and paste the picture from the clipboard. You are now able to save it as a file and do basic editing.
Method 2: Use the keyboard shortcut (Windows+PrtScn)
For those who want to take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it as a file on the hard drive without using any tools, then you have to press Windows+PrtScn on the keyboard. If you are not familiar, Windows stores the screenshot in the Picture library, in the Screenhot folder. The file named Screenshot(number).pgn, where the number varies based on how many screenshot you have taken. In Windows 10, you are also able to find the screenshots if you use the app named Photos. You can find it by going to Folders > Pictures > Screenshots. Aside from creating the file with the screenshot, Windows also locates a copy of the screenshot in the clipboard.
Method 3: Use the keyboard shortcut (Alt+PrtScn)
You are able to take screenshots of the active window. The first thing that you have to do is to open the window that you want to capture and press Alt+PrtScn on the keyboard. It is said that the screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. Then, open Paint or any other photo editing program and paste the image so that you are able to edit it and save it to the Windows computer or device.
For those who have a laptop, a tablet, or a keyboard with the Fn key, you can follow these following methods instead of the methods mentioned above:
- Fn+PrtScn: You can make a screenshot of the entire screen and copy it to the clipboard. This one is the same as pressing the standard PrtSc key.
- Fn+windows+PrtScn: You can take the screenshot of the entire screen and save it as the file on the hard drive without using any other tools.
- Fn+alt+prtScn: You can take the screenshot of the active window. It is the same as pressing Alt+PrtScn on the standard keyboard.