If you need to capture the contents of your Windows 11 PC’s screen (or a portion thereof) for later reference, it’s time to take a screenshot. You can use the built-in screenshot features or third-party tools. Here are several different ways to do it.
Windows 10 introduced a screenshot tool called Snip & Sketch, but Windows 11 mostly relies on simple snipping tool. And there are other ways in which you can also take screenshots. We’ll start with the simplest.
What Is A Screenshot in Windows 11?
For those who are completely new to technology, a screenshot is a still image of a particular window or area on your screen. It’s a way to capture exactly what’s on your screen so you can share it or use it in the future. Screenshots are a great way to share interesting information or funny photos with your friends, on forums, or on the Internet in general.
How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 11?
There are several ways to take a screenshot in Windows 11. While not all features are new, there are some exciting additions to Microsoft’s new operating system that we’ll share with you below:
- Copy the Entire Screen to the Clipboard: Press Print Screen
- Save a Screenshot as a File: Press Windows+Print Screen
- Copy the Active Window to the Clipboard: Press Alt+Print Screen
- Capture a Portion of the Screen to the Clipboard: Press Windows+Shift+S
- Use Print Screen to Open Screen Snipping
- Take a Screenshot on a Device Without a Print Screen Key
- Take a Screenshot Using Snipping Tool
- Use a Third-Party Screenshot Utility
- Press The Screenshot Button (PrtSc) Copy the Entire Screen to the Clipboard:- The fastest and easiest way to take a screenshot in Windows 11 is to press the Print Screen (PrtSc) button on your keyboard. While this won’t save your image to your PC, it will add it to your clipboard, allowing you to paste it in various places, such as Paint or Word.
- Save a Screenshot as a File: Press Windows+Print Screen ( PrtSc + Win ):-
If you want to quickly save a screenshot as an image file on your PC, press Windows + Print Screen on your keyboard. Windows will take a full-screen screenshot and automatically save it as a PNG file named “Screenshots (#).png” in the C:\Users[User Name]\Pictures\Screenshots folder (where “#” is a number that counts over time based on the number of screenshots you took).
There’s a faster way to take a screenshot and save it to your hard drive, and that’s the way. Pressing the Windows key (Win) and the Print Screen key (PRTSC) together will automatically save the screenshot to the drive. The location is set to Images > Screenshots and all screenshots will be saved as PNG files.
And remember that if you have a laptop, you may need to hold down the Function or “Fn” key while you press for Print Screen or “PrtSc” to work, so you’ll need to use Windows to capture your screen. + will be required. Press Fn+Print Screen. as a PNG file.
- Copy the Active Window to the Clipboard: Press PtrSc + ALT :
If you want to grab the screen of a particular window instead of the full screen you’re viewing, don’t worry: pressing ALT with PrtSc will only capture just the active window you’re viewing. Unfortunately, this won’t save the image to your hard drive, but it will copy it to your clipboard where you can paste it into different areas.
- Capture a Portion of the Screen to the Clipboard: Press Windows+Shift+S :
If you want to capture a specific part of your screen that you select yourself, you can use a special Windows 11 screen snipping tool. At any time, press Shift+Windows+s on your keyboard. The screen will go dark and you will see a small toolbar at the top center of the screen. From left to right, this is what the options do:
- Rectangular Snip: Select a rectangle-shaped free-form area of the screen to capture.
- Freeform Snip: Select an irregular shape as a screenshot. The area around the irregular shape (in the rectangular image) will be black when you paste it.
- Window Snip: Choose an application window and capture just that window.
- Full-screen Snip: Similar to pressing Print Screen by itself, this option captures a screenshot of your entire screen.
- Take a Screenshot Using Snipping Tool:
To take more controllable screenshots that you can annotate, save, or share, you can use Windows 11’s Snipping Tool. To launch it, open the Start menu and type “snipping,” then click the Snipping Tool icon when you see it.