5 Minute Helpdesk – How to Take Screenshots in Windows 11
Taking screenshots is a great way to capture and share important documents, images and more. If you’re using the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 11, then you may be wondering how to take them? Luckily, we’ve got you covered! Read on for our full guide on taking screenshots in Windows 11..
Using Print Screen
The quickest way to take a screenshot in Windows 11 is by pressing the ‘Print Screen” key (often abbreviated as PrtSc or Print Scrn). Pressing this key will take an image of your screen and save it on to your clipboard. From there you will have to paste the image into an image editor such as Microsoft Paint or Photoshop. To paste your screenshot, simply open the image editor application and press Ctrl+V. You can then crop, edit or save the image from here.
Now, although pressing the print screen key is technically the fastest way of getting a screenshot, the subsequent steps of pasting the image into an editor makes it quite the hassle. Fortunately, there are easier ways of going about getting a screen capture.
The “Windows Key + PrtScn” Shortcut
The second way to take a screenshot is by using the keyboard shortcut “Windows + PrtScn”. This is great, if you don’t need to do any further editing to the screenshot that you are taking. When you press these combination of keys, your screen should dim briefly, this indicates that a screenshot has been taken. To access your screenshot, open File Explorer and navigate to “This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.” Here you will find your screenshot saved as a PNG file.
The Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool is by far the easiest way to take screenshots. Using the shortcut “Windows + Shift + S” will open an interface where you can select which type of snip you’d like to make (free-form, rectangular, window or full-screen). After you’ve chosen the type of snip you want, click and drag the cursor over the area you want snipped, (you don’t have to do this if you’ve chosen full-screen mode). Once your snip is complete, your screenshot will be automatically saved as a PNG file in your Screenshots folder. To access this, open File Explorer and then go to “This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.”
The Game Bar
If you’re a gamer or someone who regularly streams content on platforms like Twitch or YouTube, then the Game Bar may be just what you need for capturing screenshots in Windows 11. This feature allows you to take screenshots and record video clips while playing games or streaming content. All you have to do is press “Windows + G” while you’re playing and click on “Yes” when asked if it’s a game you’re playing. Then just click on the camera icon to take screenshots of your screen, or the video record button to record video clips!
Using Third-Party Tools
You can also use third-party apps to help you take screenshots; there are many great options out there for users. Whether you need a tool that takes screenshots of webpages, entire documents, or you need something more complex requiring custom annotations and watermarking, there is an app or software out there that fits your needs perfectly.
One of the most popular is Snagit by TechSmith, which is available for both Windows and Mac users. This tool allows you to quickly capture screenshots of your screen and easily edit them with a wide range of editing capabilities. It also comes equipped with powerful tools for recording video from your screen. Snagit is a great tool for teachers, students and professionals alike who need to quickly capture images or videos of their screens for presentations, tutorials, or other projects.
Another popular third-party screenshot tool is Greenshot by Greenfish Software. This tool allows you to quickly take screenshots of your desktop and edit them using a wide variety of different effects. It also offers an impressive range of features including the ability to upload your captures directly to various websites such as Imgur, Flickr, Dropbox and more. Greenshot is easy-to-use and perfect for those who are looking for an easy way to take screenshots and share them with others.
Finally, Lightshot by Skillbrains is another great screenshot tool. It offers a wide range of features including the ability to quickly take screenshots and edit them using effects, upload them directly to websites, and even share images directly with friends. Lightshot is lightweight and simple to use making it perfect for those who don’t need a lot of bells and whistles in their screenshot software.
No matter which third-party screenshot tool you choose, they are sure to make your life easier when it comes to capturing images or videos from your screen. With these tools, you can easily capture screenshots that you can then save, share or edit as needed.
Taking screenshots in Windows 11 has never been easier! With these methods available to capture your screen, there’s sure to be an option that fits you perfectly. So regardless, whether you’re a gamer looking for a quick capture of some gameplay footage or an everyday user looking for an easy way to save webpages as images- there’s something for everyone when it comes to taking screenshots in Windows 11!
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