Microsoft's desktop operating systems have long offered many ways to capture images from your PC's screen, and sometimes you feel like there are too many.now,Windows 11 simplifies this situation.Next, we'll show you how to useWindows 11 The best way for your operating system to take screenshots on your computer.These methods range from long-standing keyboard shortcuts to more modern and powerful tools that let you set timers for screenshots as well as edit and share them.
Use the PrtSc key and paste
Long before Windows 11, you could take screenshots with the PrtSc key.Some keyboards spell it as a full print screen.Click this key to copy the full desktop image to the clipboard.Then paste the image into any application that accepts pasted images, such as Paint, Paint 3D, or Adobe Photoshop.
If you only want to capture the currently active application window, add the Alt key for Alt PrtSc.As with an entire screen capture, this key combination saves the current window to the clipboard, which can then be pasted into an image application.On Windows 11, the result may be a little odd, as the rounded corners are expanded to square corners, since image files are always rectangular.
Use the PrtSc key with OneDrive
You can also use PrtSc with OneDrive to automatically create image files for screenshots in OneDrive.Why use this method separately from the standard PrtSc option, because they have very different results, it saves you the extra step of opening the application and pasting from the clipboard.The setting method is as follows:
Right-click the OneDrive cloud icon on the right side of the taskbar.Select Settings, then the Backup tab of the dialog, and check Automatically save screenshots to OneDrive.
This simple checkbox changes everything about PrtSc: you no longer need to open an image app or paste from the clipboard.Instead, image files are automatically created in the OneDrive folder you choose.You can access OneDrive from any device that can access it (there are clients for each platform).
Use the Windows key – PrtSc keyboard shortcut
Here's another way to use the PrtSc key: Use the Windows key PrtSc.
If you want to take a screenshot and automatically save it somewhere other than OneDrive, you can press the Windows key and the PrtSc key at the same time.This method causes the screen to dim briefly and by default places the image file in Pictures>Screenshotsfolder. (Notice the different placement of the PrtSc key on the keyboard in the image above.) Once this method is used, the snapshot can also be pasted anywhere.
Use the Snipping Tool
Windows 11 clears up the previous screenshot tool clutter in Windows by combining the earlier scraping tools with Windows 10's excellent scraping and sketching tools. Snipping Tool is the name of the combined Windows 11 screenshot tool.The easiest way to get to the Snipping Tool is to press Windows key Shift-S.This keyboard shortcut gives you the option to complete your screenshot using rectangular selection, freehand selection, windowed, or full-screen screenshot.
For the first two options, use the mouse controls to select the area to screen capture.For the latter two options, just click the target.
After you release the mouse, you'll see a notification in the bottom right corner showing a thumbnail of the screenshot.Click on this small image to open the Snipping Tool interface (shown below).Here, you can mark the screenshot with a pen or highlighter, or crop it.You can use the ruler to draw straight lines, and the finger buttons allow you to draw on the touch screen.
Best of all, you can save screenshots and any edits using the 3.5-inch floppy disk icon. The Share button allows you to send images using Windows 11's standard share panel, and you can also print images or open them in other apps from the menu options.
If you want to use a timer before capturing your screen, just type Snipping in the start menu and open the program window instead of using a keyboard shortcut.If you change your mind after hitting Windows Key-Shift-S and don't want to take a screenshot, the Esc key lets you exit the process.
Two more little tricks: (1) The behavior of the PrtSc key can be changed to open the clipping tool instead of copying the image to the clipboard.Go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard and check the Use the Print Screen button to open screenshots box (bottom option in the screenshot below). (2) If you have a Surface Pen stylus, double-tap its eraser button to open the snipping tool.
Using the Game Recording Toolbar
Use Windows Key–G to open the Game Recording Toolbar.From there, if you go to the Capture window, you'll see a camera icon.Click it and your screenshots will be saved to the "Videos/Captures folder" under the main user folder.You can change the destination folder in the main Windows Settings app. (Alternatively, you can hit the Windows key–Alt PrtScn shortcut to bypass opening the Game Bar.)
Use the volume up and power buttons on Surface
Taking a screenshot on a Surface is different from taking a screenshot on a computer, unless you have a keyboard attached.Because the on-screen touch keyboard does not have a PrtSc key.
On the Surface Pro 8 and most of its predecessors, press the volume up and power buttons at the same time to take a screenshot.The first few times you might turn off the screen because you're unfamiliar, but after a few tries you'll find it's pretty easy.
The result of shooting this way is the same as pressing the Windows key–PrtSc combination: the image is saved to the "Pictures > Screenshots" folder.
In general, older Surface tablets used the Fn Windows key space bar combo on the keyboard they came with, and some tablets let you press the power button and the hardware Windows button at the same time.On a Dell Latitude tablet, you can use both the power button and the volume down button; if you have a less popular tablet model, you may want to experiment or dig into the documentation.As mentioned, double-tapping the back button on the Surface Pen opens the clipping tool.
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