How to take a screenshot in windows 10 in 2021

Take a screenshot in windows 10 in 2021

Print screen key top right of keyboard

This video tutorial shows the 5 most common and easiest ways to take a screenshot, print screen, copy screen in windows in 2021. Whatever you want to call it is an essential skill needed to function in our digital world. Many of us use a favourite method to print screen or screenshot all the time, that’s fine but it is worthwhile understanding all the common options to take a screen shot because the best method is task dependant. That means the easiest and simplest method depends on the task you are performing as I explain in this video.

Here are my 5 best methods to take a screenshot or print screen in 2021.

  1. Press print screen key (prtscn) top right – captures entire screen and saves it to clip board – then need to paste to word or paint and edit and save
  2. Pressing Alt-prtscn together will do the same but instead of whole screen it just captures the window you are working in. If that window covers the whole screen then the end result is the same as pressing print screen alone. Your copy of the screen will be temporally saved on the clipboard so you will also need to paste it into another program like word to be able to view and save it.
  3. Pressing the Windows key and Print screen keys (prtscn) together – your screen will dim for a second and this will print entire screen and save it to the Pictures folder in a sub-folder called Screenshots.
Windows key bottom left of keyboard
  1. 4. Open the old Snipping Tool – choose the mode you prefer– select new – select an area of the screen by left clicking and dragging – the Image comes up in a new window which you can edit or annotate – now save to where you want it and in the file format of your choice. The Snipping Tool can be found by searching or clicking on the windows icon (start menu) on bottom left of screen. It may be found under Windows-Accessories if you would like to pin it to the task bar then right click and select from the drop-down menu.
  2. 5. The Rolls Royce of screen shot tools is the Snip and Sketch tool. Either find it in the program menu or for a short cut press Shift-Windows-S keys together. Screen will dim, now select the mode you want rectangle, free hand, window, or full screen. There are a host of editing options and sharing options. It Can be saved directly as PNG,GIF or Jpeg. The Snip & Sketch Tool can be pinned to the task bar by right clicking on it in the program menu and selecting ‘Pin to taskbar’ from the drop-down menu.

Here is a video demonstration of screenshots in Windows:

Time stamped key moments in the video

00:00 Beginning

01:06 Screenshot method 1 – full screen – Print Screen key

01:56 Screenshot method 2 – active window only – Alt-Print Screen keys

02:56 Screenshot method 3 – full screen saved to Pictures – Windows-Print Screen keys

04:03 Screenshot method 4 – various options – Windows Snipping Tool

07:38 Screenshot method 5 – Various options – Windows Snip & Sketch Tool

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