Taking a screenshot is something you will need to do sooner or later. Luckily, if you are running Windows 10, this process has been greatly simplified. In this article, you are going to learn:
There are also other screen capture apps that work well on Windows 10, one of which is detailed at the bottom of this article.
The Windows Snipping Tool was the go-to program for easily taking screenshots in Windows 10. However, in the latest updates, it looks like the Snipping Tool has been retired!
Another app is replacing the Snipping Tool, called Snip & Sketch, and it works in a similar way. It is important to mention that it is even better than Snipping Tool. While it counts the same features, it even adds more. It only takes a couple of steps to take a screenshot with Snip & Sketch.
As you can see, with just a few steps, you can easily take a screenshot using the new Snip & Sketch tool. Explore the extra functions that this tool offers to see how you can make drawings and add highlights to indicate important parts in the screenshot.
While you can take a quick screenshot of the whole screen with the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Print screen, there is also a shortcut for taking a screenshot of just the active window. For example, if you are in File Explorer, you can take a quick image of just this window and not the entire screen. All you have to do is press Alt + Print Screen. Once you do that, the image will be saved to the clipboard.
To save a screenshot that you have captured to the clipboard, you'll need to open an image app, such as Paint or 3D Paint, and paste the image into the app. Then you can save the image as a file.
You can see how to take a screenshot on other versions of Windows in the official Microsoft support forum.
Often time, you want to do more than simply taking a screenshot. Screen capture apps provide more advanced features than saving an image of your screen. Apps like TechSmith's Snagit, provide extensive markup tools which let you add highlights, text, numbered elements, dialog boxes, and more. They also have tools to blur or white-out parts of the screenshots, crop and resize your screenshots, add stamps, arrows, stars, fill sections with color, or even automatically simplify entire images to get a nice mockup of your screen with no text. Snagit also lets you record videos of your screen - perfect for creating how-to videos when you need to explain something to a co-worker or family member. You can even save this as an animated gif!
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