If you’ve been a PC user for any length of time, chances are you’ve had to take a screenshot. The simplest and one of the oldest methods is to hit the Print Screen (PrtScn) button next to the F12 key, open your preferred photo editor, and paste the screenshot in using Ctrl-V. But it’s not the only method, and not even the most useful, depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you need tech support to help you out with a problem or just want to capture a great moment on your PC, you need to know how to take a screenshot.
STEPS TO SAVE A SCREENSHOT:
CAPTURE THE IMAGE
Whatever it is you want to capture bring it up on your screen and press the Print Screen ( “PrtScn”) key located in the upper-right corner of your keyboard. Alternatively, press Alt + Print Screen to capture a screenshot of the active window.
In case you are using a laptop, you need to press Fn + Print Screen or the Windows key + Print Screen if your laptop has another feature assigned to that particular key.
Your screen will flicker or darken briefly to let you know that the screenshot has been taken. You can look in your storage to make sure it was taken.
Note that if you aren’t using the Fn key, make sure that the key is not illuminated or turned on: On some laptops, a lit Fn key will prevent the screenshot process from working properly because Windows registers three keys instead of two.
You can check your screenshot in the Screenshots folder. You can save it, move it, attach it to an email, and upload it wherever you need. However, for many screenshots, you may also want to crop or alter it in some way. There are many programs that can do this, but the one closest at hand is the long-suffering Microsoft Paint.
If you’re running the latest version of Windows 10, type “Paint” into the Windows search bar and click the corresponding result.
PASTE THE SCREENSHOT
In the Paint, click the Paste button in the upper-left corner of the program, or press Ctrl + V on the keyboard to paste your screenshot. The captured image will appear in your edit windows in Paint. You can edit the picture as you want it then.
SAVE THE SCREENSHOT
Open the File option in the upper-left corner and click on Save as. Title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu. Other than JPG the other formats available are PNG, BMP, GIF, etc. Click the Save button.
Windows 10 Snipping Tool is the best built-in screen capture utility alternative method. There is no need of the keyboard.
Type Snipping tool into the Windows 10 search bar and select it to open it up. Options such as drawing a Free-form Snip, a Windows Snip, or a Rectangular Snip are present. You can even set it to delay a certain amount of time if you’re trying to capture a precise moment in a video or animation. You can set a delay of up to five seconds and pick any section of any window (or groups of windows) you want to target. Once you do, a new window will option with various options and your snip located in the center.
You can now create the Sketch and Snip application by using image editing functions. Any time you take a screenshot it will automatically appear as a thumbnail so that you can then take it straight to the Snip and Sketch app for easy editing.
This app provides even more options for choosing and customizing your screenshot. Lightshot may be a better option for more professional work or screenshots that need significant editing might be worth downloading.