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How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 (Latest version)

You are watching & # 39; a funny YouTube video and you want to get a social media snapshot. Perhaps you have problems with a program and you want to show someone exactly what is on the screen. We'll show you how to take a screenshot in Windows 10.

Our guide offers several ways to take a screenshot, ranging from the standard Print Screen key to using Microsoft's OneDrive platform. This guide is based on Windows 1809 (October 2018 Update).

Capture everything to create a file

Desktop (left) and laptop (right)

USB-based desktop keyboards typically offer a separate print screen key near the Home keywords and remove. In contrast, laptop keys usually do not have a separate print screen key. Instead, manufacturers cram this feature along with another command on a single key because of the laptop's limited space.

For example, our Alienware laptop has a key labeled both HOME and PRT SCRN. To use the print screen function, we also press the function (or FN) key. If we want to save a screenshot as a file, we also need to press the Windows key at the same time for a three-key combo.

Windows 10 File Explorer icon

1. Press it Windows and Print Screen keys simultaneously The screen is muted for a few seconds. On laptops you might have to Windows, function, and Touch screen keys.
2. Click it Guide icon on the taskbar. It opens File Explorer.

Windows 10 Image Guide

3. Choose Pictures on the menu to the left or the folder icon to the top.

Windows 10 Screenshots Folder

4. Double click on it Screenshots guide.

Windows 10 Screenshot Details

5. Click Regard and choose details in the menu.
6. The Screenshot.png file you created now has the current date and time. You will also see & # 39; n (#) in the name for several screenshots captured with the same name. The details Setting is useful if you have saved more than a few screenshots in this folder.

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Capture everything on the clipboard

You may not create a file, but just send & nbsp; a screenshot to the clipboard and paste it into a picture editor, document or other application. This example highlights GIMP and Microsoft Word, but typically what you can do tap Control + V To paste the image into any Windows-based application.


GIMP example

1. Press it Touch screen key.
2. Open yourself image editor.
3. Choose edit from the toolbar.
4. Choose slice in the menu. Alternatively, you can choose Paste as new layer, Paste as new layer in place, or Paste as new image. The wording may be different in your favorite image editor.

Microsoft Word

Word Example

1. Press it Touch screen key.
2. Right-click within your document.
3. under Paste options, choose the clipboard and paintbrush icon to paste the screenshot into your document while retaining its original format. Select the clipboard and picture icon to paste the screenshot into your document without holding the format.

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Capture a single clipboard window

Windows 10 Alt Print Screen Option

1. Press it ALT and Touch screen keys simultaneously
2. Paste the copied picture in your favorite image editor, document editor or other Windows-based application. Refer to the previous instructions with emphasis on GIMP and Microsoft Word.

Capture a defined area for the clipboard

Windows 10 Screenshot Toolbar

1. Press it Windows, shift, and S keys simultaneously

Windows 10 Screenshot Selector

2. A dark overlay appears Draw a shape to create a screen cut. Your mouse pointer becomes a white "+" icon.
3. Create a capture area like the mouse button and tow the "+" icon on the screen.
4. Release the mouse button to complete the screenshot recording area. Windows 10 will then send the image to the Clipboard.

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Use OneDrive

The advantage here is that your screenshots live in Microsoft's cloud. If you set up OneDrive to sync the screenshot folder to your computer, you will have local access to these shots, as well as accessing and downloading the files through a browser.

OneDrive settings

1. Right click on the cloud icon parked next to the system clock on the taskbar.
2. Choose institutions in the pop-up menu.

OneDrive Screenshots Setting

3. Select the support sheet.
4. Select the Automatically create screenshots I capture on OneDrive option below Screenshots.
5a. Press it Touch screen key to take full screenshot of-
5b. Press it ALT and Touch screen keys at the same time current active window of-
5c. Press it Windows, SHIFT, and S keys simultaneously to create a specific screen capture window.

Windows 10 File Explorer icon

6. Click it guide icon on the taskbar to open File Explorer.

OneDrive Screenshot Folder

7. Click it OneDrive Offer on the left.
8. Double click on it Screenshots guide on the right.
9. find your captured screenshot here.

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Use Microsoft's game bar

Sure, this tool is aimed at gamers, but you can actually use Game Bar to catch anything on your screen.

Windows 10 access settings

1. Click start followed by the "Rat" icon listed on the Start menu. This opens the Settings application.

Windows 10 Settings Gaming

2. Choose gaming.

Windows 10 Game Bar settings

3. Turn on the Draw game clips, screenshots and broadcasting using game bar setting.
4. This is your default keyboard shortcut:

Windows + ALT + Print Screen

Create a new key combination if needed.

Windows 10 Game Bar Captures

5. Choose capture on the left.
6. This is your default screenshot and video recording guide:

C: Users[your user name]Videos catch

You can move this folder anywhere on your computer. Windows 10 will continue to throw captured media in the directory, wherever it lives.
7. Use the keyboard shortcuts of the game bar (standard or custom) to catch the desk.
8. Choose Yes, it's a game (even if not).
9. Find your screenshot in the capture guide.

Use the Snip & Sketch tool

Windows 10 Start Snip Sketch

1. Click start.
2. Click it Snip & Sketch shortcut on the Start Menu.
3. Click it new button.
4. The screen drops with & # 39; a four-button toolbar at the top. Choose Rectangular Clip, Freeform Clip, or Volskermklem.

Snip and Sketch timer

5. If & nbsp; an option, click the arrow icon Take a screenshot now, grab a screenshot three seconds, or grab a screenshot ten seconds. The screen will not fade and display the toolbar until the timer ends.
6. Edit the screenshot as needed.
7. Click the floppy option save the file anywhere on your computer.

Use the Snipping Tool

Microsoft is implementing this long-term tool in favor of the Snip & Sketch program, but is still available in Windows 10 1809.

Windows 10 Choose Snipping Tool

1. type snipe in Cortana's search box on the taskbar.
2. Select the Snipping Tool in the search results.

Snipping Tool Mode

3. Click Wise and choose a screenshot style as shown above.

Snipping Tool Delay

4. Click delay if you want the instrument to delay its screen between one and five seconds.
5. Click it new button. The screen will light white.
6. Depending on your mode, & # 39; creates a rectangle or shape, or selects the current window. The cutter automatically grabs a screen shot if you select Full Screen mode.
7. Edit and savee your file.

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