How To Take Screenshots In Windows 7, 8 and 10

Not many people know, but you can take a screenshot very easy and fast in Windows. Well, don’t worry because today we will teach how you can do that. We have to mention that this guide works on ALL modern versions of Windows such as Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Using “PrtScn” (Print Screen) or CTRL+PrtScn

This method is very popular as you just need to press the PrtScn (Print Screen) key or CTRL+PrtScn keys. Once you do this, Windows is creating a screenshot of the whole screen and it saves it to the clipboard. Keep in mind that you will then need to manually save the screenshot by opening an image editing program, such as Paint, and “paste” (CTRL+V) the screenshot. After that, you just need to save the file and you’re done.

Using Windows + PrtScn

You can also take a screenshot of the whole screen and automatically save it as a file on the hard drive. You just need to press Windows + PrtScn keys and the screenshot file will be saved in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. The file will be named Screeenshot(x).png where “x” is the number of the screenshot.

HINT: If you are using Windows 10, you will find the screenshots by opening the Photos App and head to Folders->Pictures->Screenshots.

Using Alt + PrtScn

In Windows you can also use the Alt + PrtScn and this will take a screenshot of the active window. Then you can open Paint or any other image editing application, paste the image and save it to your computer.

Using Windows + Shift + S (Available In Windows 10 Only)

If you run Windows 10 on your computer, then you should know that by pressing the Windows + Shift + S keys you will capture a region of your screen and copy it to your clipboard. Keep in mind that you will have the possibility to manually select the region that you want to copy, which is great as you won’t need an application to do that.

As you already know, after that you will need to paste the picture in Paint and save the file on your computer.

Using The Snipping Tool

A pretty good application that you can use on your Windows PC is called “Sniping Tool.” Using this app you will be able to create all kinds of screenshots, but also have the possibility to do some small changes to them. You just need to write the words “snipping tool” in the “Start Menu” search box (in Windows 7 or Windows 10) or on Start screen (if you use Windows 8.1), and click on the tool when it’s found.

How To Take A Screenshot On A Windows Tablet

If you own a Windows tablet then you won’t have a keyboard with a “PrtScn” button available. You have the ability to use the Snipping Tool, but that might not be too handy to use on a tablet. Instead, you will need to use the hardware buttons that are available on your tablet. To take a full-screen screenshot on your device, you will have to press the Windows Logo + Volume Down keys at the same time.

Once you do that, you will notice that the screen will get darker, confirming that the screenshot has been taken. The screenshots are saved in your Pictures library in the Screenshots folder.


As you can see there are many ways to take screenshots in Windows computers. We’re sure that most of you didn’t have any idea about the key combinations that we’ve told you about, but we suggest you to start using them.

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