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Windows - How to Take Screenshots
Standard Screen Capture
This document explains how to use several different methods of taking screenshots.
All versions of Windows have the built-in screen capture feature allowing you to capture either the entire screen or a single active window. The two options are detailed below.
- Press the Print Screen key (sometimes marked Prt Sc or Prt Scn) on the keyboard to capture an image of the entire screen and store it in the Windows clipboard. It's generally located in the top right-hand corner.
- Press Alt and Print Screen to capture an image of only the active window and store it in the Windows clipboard.
When the desired image is stored in the Windows clipboard, it can be extracted by opening a word processing program (i.e. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, etc.) or an image manipulation program (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, etc.) and selecting Paste from the Edit menu or pressing Ctrl + V.
NOTE: Only one image can be stored in the Windows clipboard at a time.
In addition to Print Screen, Windows 7 introduced a screenshot application called Snipping Tool. This can be used to capture a screenshot (or "snip") of any object on your screen. Then, you can annotate, save, or share the image.
To launch Snipping Tool:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left (if using Windows 8, go to the Start Screen).
- In the search box, type Snipping Tool and click on it in the list of results.
To capture a screen image:
- Click the arrow next to the New button to choose the "type" of snip. Select from Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, or Full-screen Snip.
- Once you have chosen one of the above options, select the area of your screen that you want to capture. The screenshot should automatically open in a new window.