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How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: From shortcuts to built-in apps, here are 3 ways to capture your laptop screen

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: There are three easy ways to take a screenshot and then save it too.
How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: There are three easy ways to take a screenshot and then save it too.

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: This operating software offers handy ways to take screenshots of the entire screen, a window or a specific region of the screen. Here’s how to take screenshots on your Windows 10 laptop or desktop computer.

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10: A very important task performed by many users on their laptop and desktop computers is capturing screenshots. Taking screenshots is the easiest and perfect way to capture something in a photo format and save it for future use. It can be of an important document or it can be of a critical moment in time in a video, capturing screenshots is a feature required on a day-to-day basis. The feature is quite diverse and allows users can also capture the entire screen including all open windows and taskbars, individual windows, or specific regions. In fact, not just capturing screenshots, Microsoft OS comes with a large selection of other built-in tools for users including a mail client, maps, photos, calculator and much more. Here we take a close look at how to take screenshots on Windows 10 on laptops or desktop computers.

Windows users have more than a couple of options when it comes to capturing a screenshot on their laptop or desktop computer. From keyboard shortcuts to other Microsoft tools and more advanced third-party apps, here’s a quick guide on how you can quickly take screenshots in a quick and easy manner.

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A screenshot of Microsoft's Snip & Sketch tool on Windows 10.
A screenshot of Microsoft's Snip & Sketch tool on Windows 10. (Microsoft)

1. Take a screenshot using the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

The fastest way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 is by using the Windows 10 shortcuts. Users can simply press the Windows key (also referred to as the Super Key) and the Print Screen key simultaneously to capture the entire screen. The image will automatically be saved inside the Screenshots folder which is located in your Pictures folder on Windows 10. If you do not press the Windows key, the system will take a copy of the screen on your clipboard and allow you to paste it into an app of your choice.

3. Using the Snip & Sketch tool to capture part of the screen

A handy tool introduced several years ago is called the Snipping Tool, which was a basic screenshot tool for Windows users. However, that is being phased out by the company after the new Snip & Sketch tool was introduced with Windows 10. Not only can you capture a part of the screen such as a smaller window or a specific region, but you can also take a screenshot after a short delay, or even annotate and mark your screenshots after they are captured. You can find the Snip & Sketch tool by searching for it in the Start Menu, or press Ctrl+Shift+S to begin capturing the screen.

3. Taking screenshots with a 3rd party application

Windows 10 contains all the tools you need to take screenshots, but there are some powerful third-party apps like Greenshot that let you customise the keyboard shortcuts – or even pick out a running app from a list of open windows to quickly take a screenshot, which can come in handy if you have many apps and tabs open. You can download Greenshot for Windows from the official website and install it on your Windows 10 computer.

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