How to do it. How to get screenshots for Windows 10 and Windows 11

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Cairo – Samia Sayed – Whether you download Windows 11 or stay with Windows 10 for a longer period of time, it’s easy to take a screenshot to capture part or all of the screen. Maybe you want to save a receipt online, or maybe you want to pick up a particularly unique game action to show to your friends.

Windows 10 and 11 offer the same built-in tools (Snip & Sketch and Snipping Tool), and multiple keyboard shortcuts will get you a screenshot in an instant.

How to use both built-in Windows screenshot tools and other shortcuts to take screenshots in Windows 10 and Windows 11 so you can decide which one you prefer.

cut and draw

The Snip & Sketch tool is much easier to access, share and record screenshots than the old Snip tool. And it can now take a screenshot of a window on your desktop, a surprising omission when the application was first launched, which we recently used the Team Snipping Tool.

The easiest way to call Snip & Sketch is to use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S. You can also find the Snip & Sketch tool in the alphabetical list of applications accessed from the start button, as well as in the notification panel where it is listed as a screenshot or You can only search for it if you do not have the keyboard shortcut in the memory installed. (If you regularly take screenshots, we recommend pinning the application to the taskbar.)

Either a keyboard shortcut or a notification button will dim your screen and open a small menu at the top of your screen that lets you choose the type of screenshot you want to take – rectangular, free-form, window or full screen.

Once you have taken your screenshot, it will be saved on your clipboard and will appear for a moment as a notification in the lower right corner of your screen.

Click on the notification to open the screenshot in the Snip & Sketch application to annotate, save or share it. (If you miss the notification, open the notification panel and you will see it sitting there.

If you open or search for Snip & Sketch from the Start menu, the Snip & Sketch window will open instead of the small panel at the top of the screen.

You need to click the New button at the top left to start the screenshot and open the small panel. This is an extra step forward with this method, but it also allows you to delay the screenshot. Click the arrow button next to the New button to slow down the track for 3 or 10 seconds.

The Snipping Tool has been around since Windows Vista. Windows has been warning for a few years that the Snipping Tool is moving away, but it’s still working, including in Windows 11.

The Cut Utility has been removed from the Start menu’s Apps list, but is easily accessible via the search bar.

Click the New button to start the screenshot process. The default cut type is rectangular clips, but you can also take freeform, full screen and window clips.

The Clipboard does not automatically save screenshots – you will have to save it manually in the tool before you leave it – and automatically copies the screenshots to the clipboard.

screen printing

To capture your entire screen, click the Print Screen key (sometimes called PrtScn). Your screenshot will not be saved as a file, but will be copied to the clipboard.

You’ll need to open an image editing tool (like Microsoft Paint), paste the screenshot into the editor, and save the file from there.

You can also set the PrtScn button to open the Snip & Sketch tool by going to Settings> Ease of Access> Keyboard and toggling the PrtScn button to open the screenshot below the Print Screen shortcut.

Windows key + Touch screen

To capture your entire screen and save the screenshot automatically, click Windows key + Print screen key. Your screen will fade briefly to indicate that you have just taken a screenshot, and the screenshot will be saved in the Pictures> Screenshots folder.

Alt + touch screen

To take a quick screenshot of the active window, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn. This will capture the current active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. You will need to open the photo in the image editor to save it.

You can use the game bar to take a screenshot, whether you are playing a game or not. Press Windows key + G to call up the game bar.

You can click the screenshot button in the game bar or use the default keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Alt + PrtScn to take a full screen screenshot. To set your gamebar screenshot keyboard shortcut, go to Settings> Games> Gamebar.

If you’ve backed up a bit, you’ll also need to enable Game Bar from this settings page by making sure you switch to Recording Game Tracks, Screenshots and Broadcasts with Game Bar.

Windows logo + Volume off

When you shake a Microsoft Surface, you can use the physical (kind of physical) buttons to take a screenshot of your entire screen – similar to how you would take a screenshot on any other phone or tablet.

To do this, press and hold the Windows logo touch button at the bottom of the surface screen and press the physical volume-down button on the side of the tablet. The screen will fade briefly and the screenshot will be automatically saved in the Pictures> Screenshots folder.

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