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A screenshot is sometimes referred to as a screen capture or screengrab, is an image that shows the contents of your computer screen.

You might need to screenshot to insert into a document for work, for record-keeping, submitting an error message to tech support or maybe you just want to capture a great or interesting moment from the web.

Whatever the reason, there are a number of ways to take a screenshot in Windows 10, it has a built-in option that works great for basic tasks, but many third-party programs offer more ease of use and features.

In all cases the screenshot is copied to your computer and all that is needed is to paste it where you wish to use the image. E.g. you can paste the image into a Word document or you may paste into Paint to save it as a JPG, GIF, PNG or other formats.
 

THE BASIC IMAGE CAPTURE

Arrange your screen to show what you want to capture and press the Print Screen (often shortened to “PrtScn”) button. If you’re on a laptop, you may need to press Fn+PrtScn or the Windows+PrtScn.  It is typically located in the upper-right corner of your keyboard and will take a screenshot of everything on your screen.

Alternatively, press Alt+PrtScn to capture a screenshot of the active window. Windows 10 taking screenshot 2
 

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT TO CAPTURE PART OF A SCREEN

The built-in screen capture utility called the Snipping Tool works well enough, but it’s not the most robust or versatile screen capturing software available, however, is a utility that allows users to better define and capture portions of their desktop display as a screenshot, without the need for a keyboard.

The simplest way to do this is to activate the Snipping Tool via the keyboard shortcut Windows+Shift+S

From there, it’ll give you options at the top of the screen such as drawing a Free-form Snip, a Windows Snip, or a Rectangular Snip, once you set an option, click and drag over the area you want to capture.

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CAPTURE A SERIES OF SCREENSHOTS TO A FOLDER

Using the Windows+PrtScn keyboard shortcut saves the screenshot directly into the Screenshots folder found in your Pictures library.

This is fantastic if you need to take a series of rapid screenshots from a video or steps performed while using software.

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