How to Take a Screenshot on Pc
If you want to take a screenshot on a PC, the process is much straightforward, more so when you have the print screen key on your computer keyboard. Since the key is small to accommodate the full name, it’s always shortened as either “Prt Sc” or “Print Scn.” Find out if something similar to that is on your first row of keys after f12. If it’s there, then you can proceed.
- Take a full-screen screenshot. If you’d wish to capture a full-screen image, ensure your screen is well organized, and it’s clear so that you can have a neat picture that looks more professional.
Also, ensure that there are no other windows open as they will get captured, leading to a screenshot that looks incredibly busy.
If you have other monitors also connected to the computer, they will all get captured and in one image.
When ready to take a screenshot, click on the print screen (Prt SC) key to get the screenshot captured and saved to the clipboard.
- Take a screenshot of a single window. For you to take a single screenshot, get to the window that you want to capture. After that, ensure that there are no distractions, and the screen is organized the way it should appear in the capture.
If impressed with the appearance, hold down the “alt” key and then press on the “Print SC” key. Doing that prompts your computer to take a screenshot of the selected window.
- Take a full-screen screenshot and save automatically to the computer’s disk. If your computer is using windows 8 and later versions, there is a fantastic shortcut that you can use to get your screen-captured and sent directly into your computer hard disk. To do that, hold down the windows (Win) key and then press on the print screen (Prt Sc) key. In other words, press on the “Alt + Prt SC” keys.
When you press on the two mentioned keys simultaneously, your screen will dim momentarily to show that a screenshot has been taken. By default, your screenshot will get saved in the “Screenshots” folder located in the “Pictures” folder.
Note: If you use this step, you can skip step 2 below.
Paste a copied screenshot
Once your screenshot is copied to your computer’s clipboard, you can navigate to any windows application program that supports pasted images and paste your screenshot. Such programs include Outlook, Word, and Paint. In this case, you should use Microsoft Paint. It’s simple to use, and you do not have to download it.
The fastest way to open Microsoft Paint is through the “Run” dialogue box. This works pretty well in all the versions of windows. To use the “Run” program, follow the steps below.
- Start by holding down the windows key shortened as “Win” and then press on the “R” key on your keyboard.
- After that, type MSPaint into the “Run” text field and hit on the “Enter” key to open Paint.
- When Microsoft paint opens, hold down the control (Ctrl) key and then press on the “V” on your computer’s keyboard. This will post the image in the Paint immediately. Alternatively, you can click on the “Paste” option.
- Save Your Screenshot.
- After pasting your image into Paint, it’s now time to save it. To save your screenshot, hold down the control (Ctrl) key and then press on “S” on from your computer keyboard.
- After that, select “Files” and then click on the “Save As” option to get your screenshot saved.
- Review your screenshot. Check on your screenshot and fix any problem that you might notice. Sometimes, you may find that your screenshot leaves a white space around it. If that happens, try dragging the lower-right corner of your paint canvas and shift towards the upper left of the screen until it touches the edges of your screenshot. Release the mouse, and your screenshot will now appear attractive.
Take a Screenshot using on PC with Window Snipping Tool
Snipping Tool is another awesome program that you can use to capture your screenshots on PC. However, how to access this tool varies depending on the window version that you’re using.
- If your computer is running window 7, click on the “Start” button. In the search box, type in “snipping tool.” From the results that appear, select the “Snipping Tool.”
Alternatively, you can click on the “Start” menu and select “All Programs.” After that, click on the “accessories” and finally click on the “Snipping Tool.” From the list.
- If your PC is using Windows 8, swipe in from the right screen edge and click on the “Search” from the menu that appears. In the search field, type in “snipping tool” and select “Snipping Tool” form the results that appear.
- In case you’re using Windows 10, then click on the search icon located in the bottom left corner. When the search field opens, type in “snipping tool.” Then click on the “Snipping Tool,” and you should be good to go.
Now that you know how to find the Snipping Tool on your PC, you can find and use it accordingly. Now, let’s jump quickly into the main procedure of taking a screenshot on any PC.
- After locating the Snipping Tool program using one of the methods above, click on it to open.
- Next, choose the shape that would be great for your snip. However, the default shape in most PCs is the rectangular shape. Therefore, if you’d wish to change the default shape, locate the” Mode” button, and then click on the arrow beside it. From there, you can choose any shape that impresses you.
- After that, the next step is to remove the red border around the screenshot. For you to remove the red border, navigate to the upper left of the Tools tab. From the dropdown menu, click on the “Options” and then uncheck the box next to the “Show selection ink after snips are captured.” Doing that will remove the red border.
- Next, click on the “New” to start selecting the area to capture. Release the mouse when making the snip to create a snip. If you’re taking a full screenshot, clicking on the “New” button creates a snip automatically.
- Use editing tools to give your screenshot a more attractive appearance. When done with that, click on the floppy disk-like icon, this opens the “Save As” window in which you will type in the name of your file and choose the destination folder. Finally, click on the “Save.” You will now have your screenshot saved on your PC. And that’s it.