Screenshots make life easier when you’re trying to capture something online for a presentation or to just for personal reference. We use them daily! But, if you’re working on a PC and you’re more used to working on a Mac like us, it can be a little confusing on how to actually take a screenshot on windows.
So, here is a quick article showing you exactly how to take a screenshot on your windows laptop – hopefully making your life a little easier!
How to take a screenshot on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
Taking a screenshot on windows is created with a Snipping tool, which Microsoft developed. With this tool, there are four types of screenshots you can take:
- Free-form snip: Capture a free-form screenshot around an object.
- Rectangular snip: Capture a rectangular screenshot around an object.
- Window snip: Capture a browser window or dialog box.
- Full-screen snip: Capture the full screen.
Once you’ve captured your screenshot, there are a number of things you can then do:
- Annotate it: Write or draw on the screenshot by selecting “Pen” or “Highlighter” buttons. Use the “Eraser” tool to remove lines you’ve drawn.
- Remove the URL: If you’ve taken a screenshot of a browser window and saved it as an HTML, the URL automatically appears below the snip. If you don’t want this, select “Options” in your Snipping Tool, and then uncheck the “Include URL below snips (HTML only)” box. Then, click “OK”.
- Share a snip: Select the arrow next to “Send Snip”, and then select an option from the list to share your screenshot.
Now, let’s take a look at how to actually take a screenshot on Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.
- Open the Snipping Tool. To do this on Windows 7 and 10, select “START” and type “snipping tool” into the search box. Once you’ve done this, select the tool.
With Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, it’s a little different. Start by swiping from the right edge of your screen, select “Search” and type “snipping tool” into the search box, and then select it.
- Once in the snipping tool, click “MODE” and select the kind of snip you want. Then, choose the area of your screen you want to capture.
Image courtesy of Microsoft Support.
- Once you’ve captured your screenshot, click the “Save Snip” button. Name your image, location, and type, and then click “Save”. Done!
How to take a screenshot of your active window
If you want to take a screenshot of your current window, you can use a shortcut. Just press “Alt” + “PrtScn”. Your active window will be captured, but be aware that it won’t automatically save the screenshot. To do this, locate the screenshot in your clipboard, open it into your desired image editor and then save it in there.
How to take a screenshot of your entire screen on Windows
To take a screenshot of your entire screen and for it to automatically save, hit the “Windows Key” + “PrtScn”. Your screenshot will be saved in your PICTURES folder under Screenshots.
Hopefully this article will make your screenshotting much easier when using your windows PC.