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Windows 101: How to take screenshots in Windows 10?

Screenshots are the image representation of what is currently visible on the screen — PC, tablets or smartphones. You can use screenshots for a variety of purposes — explanatory, educational or even exposing someone.

This feature is now available on almost every digital device that is available in the market, and there are various third-party tools which you can use to take the screenshots.

There are various ways by which you can take a screenshot in Windows 10. We will list four ways to take screenshots in Windows 10.

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How to take screenshots in Windows 10?

You can take screenshots in Windows 10 by one or the other of the methods that we will mention below.

By pressing Print Screen (PrtScrn)

Taking screenshots has become quite more accessible, thanks to the PrtScrn button. You can locate the PrtScrn on the upper side of the Insert button or the left of the Scroll Lock.

To take the screenshot, press the Windows key + PrtScrn and the screen will blink for a second, which confirms that the screenshot has been taken.

Where do the screenshots go in Windows 10?

Usually, you can access the screenshots from the following path: This PC > Pictures > Screenshots. (Check the screenshot to get an idea).

You can edit these screenshots via the Paint app if you don’t use any other editing software.

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By using the Snip and Sketch tool

Snip and Sketch tool is another exciting feature of Windows 10. With this tool, you can crop a specific part of the screen or can make a customised, freehand screenshot.

To open this tool, press Windows key + Shift + S. You will notice that the screen will turn grey and a set of options will appear at the top. (Check the screenshot above).

Let us check the options one by one:

  • Rectangular Snip: This option is the same as the crop option which you might have seen in some applications. Click on this option and then drag the cursor — the selected rectangular area will be cropped from the screen and will be saved on the clipboard. (Check the screenshot above to get an idea).
  • Freeform Snip: With this option, you can create a custom screenshot in any shape and size that you wish.
  • Window Snip: You can use this option to select a Window (such as a dialogue box) and capture the screenshot.
  • Full-screen Snip: As the name goes, this option will let you capture the screenshot of the full screen.

Note: Snip and Sketch tool is the updated version of the Windows Snipping tool.

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By the Windows Game Bar

Usually, gamers use this feature to capture screenshots while playing games. However, this is not mandatory — you can use this feature to capture the screenshots without having to play the game.

To activate this feature, press the Windows key + G. Then either press the screenshot button at the upper left corner or press the Windows key + Alt + PrtScrn to capture the screenshot. You can check the screenshot above to understand the process.

By using third-party tools

You can also use various apps to capture the screenshots in Windows 10. These tools offer powerful customisation as well as other options. Some of the popular tools are Snagit, PicPick, Jing, Faststone Capture, among others.

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