How to Quickly Take a Screenshot in Windows 10 (6 Easy Ways)

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A screenshot is an image of whatever you are seeing on the computer or mobile screen. We need such outputs to teach something, deliver a presentation or prove certain facts. The audience can quickly understand the topic if you described it along with the screenshots.

How to take a screenshot on Windows computer? We showed different screen capture methods for your Chrome and Edge browsers in this post. Hope you already read the content.

Now we will share 6 different methods to quickly take screenshots in Windows 10 pc.

1. Windows + PrtScr shortcut

This is the most common method we use to capture the entire screen. Make sure that you are in the right window for which you want to take the screenshot. Press Windows + PrtScr buttons together on your keyboard to record the screen. The screen will dim for a moment and save the output in your Picture library as a .png file.

Open Windows Explorer > Pictures > Screenshots to view your screenshot file.

Note: Sometimes a Windows logo will represent the Windows button that you can find left to the space bar, between Fn and Alt buttons. Prtscr will appear on the top of your keyboard and next to the function keys.

2. PrtScr or Ctrl + PrtScr shortcut

Press PrtScr or Ctrl + PrtScr together. It will store your entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. Unlike the previous method, you will not get any symptoms of recording here. Everything remains as usual. Open any photo editing software, choose Edit > Paste from the menu or press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot from the clipboard. Now you can edit the image and save it any format as you want.

3. Alt + PrtScr shortcut

This is another method to quickly take screenshots and save it to the clipboard. Open your window and press Alt + PrtScr to capture the screen in front of you. Open an image editing tool and paste the image to view, edit and save it.

4. Windows + Shift + S shortcut

All above-mentioned shortcuts record your screen as a whole. If you want to focus on a particular part, you should edit and crop the image using a photo editing software. But this method helps you avoid the image editing.

Press Windows + Shift+ S keys to select and record particular part of your screen. The screen is dimmed and your mouse pointer will be changed to a + symbol, by which you can drag and select the area. The output is saved to the clipboard. Open an image editing program to paste the screenshot like we did earlier.

5. Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is our favorite screenshot taking tool since the launch of Windows Vista. It can capture the screen in various forms and with basic editing features like highlighter, pen etc.

Type Snipping Tool in the taskbar search box to easily locate the app. A small window will open with app’s tools. Click on New to drag and select the desired portion of the screen. Do basic editing, save or send the file to your email recipients.

6. Snip Capture Tool

This is a slight enhancement of Snipping tool. Snip Capture Tool lets you take screenshots of a particular part of the screen, annotate and save even in the video format. After installation, it will lie on the top end of the screen with capture, whiteboard and camera options. It can also be used to quickly draw a chart or image and record videos.


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  • Really amazing and nice explanation you have given. What I like the most is just hit Windows Key + PrtSc and then check your pictures and you should see screenshots. Keep it up.

    • Hi Aktar,

      Thanks a lot for dropping regular comments with us. I too use the same method to take screenshots in Windows. Windows + PrtScr.

      Take care,
      Have a nice day!