You might need to capture a screenshot for many reasons. You might need to capture an error message so it doesn’t disappear or save an image from a website. Windows comes with built-in tools to make it easy to take screenshots, no matter what the reason. These are the three methods you can use to take screenshots on Windows 7, 8, 10, and 11.
Method 1: Use the Snipping Tool
Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 include the Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool allows you to capture a screen shot or snip of any object on your computer and then annotate it, save it, or share it.
- Click the Start button to open the Snipping Tool. Type Snipping Tool in the search box. In the list of results, click Snipping Tool.
- Click the down arrow beside the New button, and then click Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip.
- Before creating a screenshot, you need to select the area that you wish to capture.
- Draw a shape with your mouse around an object.
- To form a rectangle, click and drag your mouse over an object.
- To snip all of the contents of a window, click and drag your mouse to its outside.
- To cancel a snip, press Esc before you release your mouse button.
After you have selected your snipping option, click here to create a screenshot.
default snip mode. When you open Snipping Tool, you will see an invitation and a keyboard shortcut to Snip & Sketch.
If you want to use the classic snipping experience, press Esc before you start your snip. Otherwise, just continue your snipping as usual. You can hand-draw the screen snip if you do not press Esc.
Do not delay: Click New in the top menu bar (or press CTRL+N), then hold the Shift key with the left mouse button down, and finally click or release the right mouse button. Screen will then freeze, displaying “Snipping Tool is taking a screenshot of your entire screen…” text at the top centre of the screen. Release both the shift and mouse keys. Move or resize rectangle windows with cursors over the full window that needs to be captured in a screenshot.
Method 2: Use the Print Screen Function
Simply press the “Print Screen” (or “PrtScn”) button on your keyboard to take a screenshot with the print screen function. This will take a screenshot of your entire screen and then copy it to your clipboard.
The screenshot can be copied into an image editor like Photoshop or Paint or saved as an image file. To paste the screenshot, simply open a new document using your image editor. Save the document as either a.png file or a.jpg file.
Method 3: Use the Snagit tool
Simply open Snagit and click the “Capture” button to take a screenshot. The programme will open and allow you to choose whether to capture the entire screen or just a portion of it. After you’ve made your choice, click the “Capture” button once more, and your screenshot will be taken.
Snagit also has a variety of editing tools that can be used to edit your screenshots, including cropping, adding text, and creating annotations.