9 Methods To Capture Perfect Screenshot On Your PC: Windows 10 and 11

Want to save information such as receipts or payment slip images on your computer? Taking Screenshots on your PC will allow you to save information as a permanent file so that you can always reference it. Whether you own Windows 10 or Windows 11, there are many methods and apps that help you screenshot your screen.

In this article, you will learn the shortcuts on how to take screenshots on PC Windows 10 and Windows 11, and also, how to use built-in windows screenshot tools so you decide which is the best for you.

How To Capture An Entire Screen On Windows 10 And Windows 11

The Print Screen Button

One easy way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 is with the Print Screen key. By simply pressing the Print Screen Key, you will capture the entire screen. This key is usually located on the upper-right side of your keyboard.

In Windows 10 your screenshot will not be saved as a file but rather be copied to your clipboard, so you can save it by pasting it into an image editing tool such as Microsoft Paint.

However, on Windows 11 OS pressing PrtScn will save the screenshot to your computer’s Screenshots folder if you want it to. And if you have it enabled, it’ll also save the screenshot to your OneDrive.

Windows key + Print Screen Method

To take a screenshot of your Windows 10 entire screen and automatically save the screenshot, press and hold the Windows + Print Screen keys. Your screen will hastily go dim to indicate that you’ve captured the entire screen, and the screenshot will be saved to the Screenshots folder. In Windows 11, simply pressing the Windows + PrtScn Keys will save the picture of your entire screen to the screenshot folder and copy the picture to the clipboard, which makes it easier to paste into other apps.

Alt + Print Screen Method

To capture just a portion of an active window, press the Alt + PrtScn keys. This will snap your currently active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. In Windows 10, you’ll need to open the screenshot in an image editing tool to save it, while in Windows 11 it’ll both copy and save it to the Screenshots folder right away.

No Print Screen key Method

If by chance your computer/ laptop does not have the PrtScn key, there is another keyboard shortcut for you from Microsoft. Simply press the Fn + Windows logo + Space Bar Keys to take a screenshot. It will automatically save to the Screenshots folder.

Snip & Sketch Tool Method

The Snip & Sketch tool is available on Windows 10 and it is the best screen capture tool on Windows in that it can customize, annotate, and share your screen captures.

To enable the Snip & Sketch tool, press the keyboard shortcut Windows + Shift + S Keys. Your screen will dim and a tiny menu will appear at the top of your screen, which let you choose which screenshot option to take a rectangular, free-form, window, or full-screen capture.

Once you capture the screenshot, it’ll be saved to your clipboard and a notification will appear in the lower-right corner of your screen. Click on the preview notification to open the Snip & Sketch app to either save, share, or annotate the screenshot with the available drawing tools.

You can find the Snip & Sketch tool listed in the alphabetical list of apps accessed from the Start button as well as in the notification panel where it’s listed as Screen snip. If you don’t use the keyboard shortcut, you can search instead.

Snipping Tool Method

The snipping tool had been in existence since the Windows Vista era, it is not a tool you will want to use on your Windows 10. However in Windows 11, the Snipping Tool got a major upgrade, and it’s now the best way to capture perfect screenshots.

To activate the Snipping Tool in Windows 11, you can search for it via the search bar or just press the Windows + Shift + S Keys.

Just like the Snip & Sketch tool on Windows 10, your screen will dim shortly and a tiny menu of screenshot options will appear at the top of the screen giving you the option to take either a rectangular, freeform, full-window, or full-screen capture.

After you’ve taken your screenshot, it’ll be copied to your clipboard so you can share it right away. And if you click the preview notification that pops up in the bottom-right corner of your screen, you’ll be able to save, share and edit it.

Game Bar Method

The Game bar can be used to capture a screenshot while you’re in the middle of playing a game. First of all, you need to enable the Game bar (Press the Windows + G keys to open) from the settings page by toggling on Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcasts using the Game bar.

Open the game bar, then click on the camera icon button in the Game bar to capture a full screenshot of your screen, you can as well click on the record button in the game bar to record a video clip. Screenshots and video clips were taken by the Game Bar are saved in PNG format to the Videos Captures folder. It can also be found through the Game Bar, by clicking “Show all captures” underneath the screenshot and recording buttons.


Power+ Volume Up/Down Method

Peradventure you own a Microsoft Surface device with Windows 10, you can use the physical buttons to take a screenshot of your entire screen by simply pressing the Power + Volume Up Button.

The screen will dim briefly and the screenshot will be automatically saved to the Screenshots folder.

However, if you own a Surface 3, you’ll have to press the Windows Logo+ Volume Down button.

Third-party screenshot apps for Windows

If by chance you’re not satisfied with any of the built-in Windows methods listed above, there are third-party screenshot tools worth considering, each with its own extra offerings.

Greenshot: Greenshot is a lightweight screenshot software tool for Windows that quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window, or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.

Snagit: is a screenshot tool that lets you quickly capture your screen and camera, add additional context, and share images, GIFs, or videos across your preferred platforms.

In Conclusion

Screenshots are a great way to show off your work and share important information with others. If you’re new to screenshot taking on Windows 10 or 11, this guide will indeed teach you how to take screenshots, including how to take one from the desktop and how to capture an image from within an app.

Whether you need to take a quick snapshot for your blog post or want to save a complex document for future reference, this guide has everything you need.

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