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How to take a screenshot on a PC

There are several ways to take a screenshot on a Windows computer. You can use quick keyboard shortcuts as well as a snipping tool or additional software. Read this article to find out the simplest and fastest ways for how to screenshot on PC Windows.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

To take a quick screenshot using keyboard shortcut, open the webpage or a picture you’d like to capture and simultaneously press the [Windows] key and the [Print Screen] button on your keyboard.

The screen will flash as the image is captured. You will then find the screenshot in the Pictures folder, under the sub-folder Screenshots, where all screenshots are automatically saved (C:\This PC\Pictures\Screenshots).

To find this folder again quickly, right-click on the Screenshots folder and select Pin to Start.

After this, you will have direct access to your screenshots folder from the Start menu.

Another solution is to paste the screenshot in an application like Paint, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, etc. and then to save it in any location that you'd like.

Using the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool, also available on Windows 7 and 8, is very useful for taking screenshots because it allows you to select the part of the screen you would like to capture. You can also highlight and add notes to the images.

To find the tool, type Snipping Tool in the search bar.

To gain faster access, you can add it to your taskbar. To do so, right-click on Snipping Tool, before entering it into the search bar, and click Pin to taskbar.

From now on, the screenshot tool will be directly accessible from your taskbar. Note that the Save function allows you to save the photo in any location that you like.

Using Additional Software

There are several programs that can help you to take a screenshot. It's even possible to take video recordings of your screen, which is very useful for making interactive tutorials. Here is a non-exhaustive list of software for taking screenshots.

Take Screenshots When Using Two Screens

If you are using two screens and would like to screenshot only one of them, simultaneously press the [Alt] + [Print Screen] buttons on the keyboard. This will take a screenshot of your active screen, where your mouse pointer is located.

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