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How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10

To take screenshots on Windows 10, you can do it without an application or use a screenshot application. You can choose both according to your needs

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To take screenshots on Windows 10, you can do it without an application or use a screenshot application. You can choose both according to your needs.

Windows 10 already provides a built-in feature to take screenshots without installing additional applications. You can use the Print Screen (PrtScn) button on the keyboard, use the Game Bar feature, or use the Snipping Tool application which is the default application.

On this occasion, bingGo will provide a tutorial on several ways to take screenshots on Windows 10 quickly.

1. Using Snip & Sketch

The first way to take screenshots on Windows 10 without an app is to use a feature called Snip & Sketch. This feature is the latest feature that only exists in Windows 10 starting from version 1607, its presence is rumored to replace the Snipping Tool.

Snip & Sketch has a simple editor that can be used to edit screenshot images. We can add highlights, lines, and handwriting to the image before saving it to the computer.

Here's how to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 laptop:

Step 1: Position the screen on the display or window that you want to screenshot.

Step 2: Press Windows key + Shift + S on the keyboard.

Step 3: Select the desired screenshot mode.

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Step 4: Select the area on the screen that you want to screenshot.

Step 5: Click on the notification that appears at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 6: Edit the image as desired.

Step 7: Save the resulting file to the computer.

This Snip & Sketch application has four capture modes, namely:

  • Rectangular snip: take a screenshot using the square selection method.
  • Freeform Snip : free selection, can select any area according to the cursor movement.
  • Windows Snip : for a screenshot of the active window selected.
  • Fullscreen Snip : capture the full screen.

2. How to screenshot with the Print Screen (PrtScn) button

The second method to take a screenshot on a laptop quickly is to use the PrtScn key found on the keyboard. This is the most traditional method that can be done on almost any Windows operating system, including Windows 10.

Here's how to take a screenshot on a laptop using the Print Screen button:

Step 1: Position the screen on the window you want to capture.

Step 2: Press the PrtScn key on the keyboard to copy the screenshot to the clipboard.

Step 3: Open a photo editor application, for example Paint.

Step 4: Press CTRL + V key to paste the Screenshot that was taken earlier.

Step 5: Edit the screenshot as desired or save the file to the computer.

The Print Screen button can also be used to save screenshots directly into image files, how:

  1. Position the screen on the window you want to screenshot.
  2. Press Windows key + PrtScn on the keyboard.
  3. The screen printed files will be saved in the Pictures => Screenshots folder.

Using the PrtScn button does look very practical because we don't need to install additional applications anymore, but this method has several drawbacks.

The first screenshot taken is a full screen display of the screen, we cannot select a certain window or area. Second, there are no features for quick editing such as giving circles, arrows, and borders. All editing processes must be done on a separate application.

To save a screenshot in the form of an image file using the Print Screen button is also not the same on every laptop.

Certain brands may have different key combinations such as Windows + CTRL + PrtScn or Windows + Fn + PrtScn. You should see the manual on the brand of laptop used.

3. Using the Snipping Tool

The third way to take screenshots on a Windows 10 PC is to use an application called the Snipping Tool. This application is a default application that has been since Windows Vista and later versions including Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The Snipping Tool can take screenshots in full screen, in the active application window, or in certain areas selected by the user. The results  as in the form of image files can be edited directly using the editor included in the application package.

Here's how to take a laptop screenshot using the Snipping Tool application on Windows 10:

Step 1: Position the screen on the display you want to capture.

Step 2: Open the Snipping Tool application by clicking the Windows button => typing snipping => selecting the Snipping Tool application that appears on the Start menu.

Step 3: Select a screenshot capture mode.

Step 4: Click the New button to start taking screenshots.

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Step 5: The screen shot will enter the editor.

Step 6: Save the image file at the desired location.

4. Using the Game Bar (Windows + G)

The Game Bar is a feature of the Xbox application in Windows 10 that functions to record and capture screens. We can also use this feature to take screenshots quickly  the active application window on the screen.

Here's how to screenshot on a PC without an application using the Game Bar:

Step 1: Position the screen on the display of the application you want to screenshot.

Step 2: Press Windows key + G on the keyboard.

Step 3: Press the capture button (the button with the camera icon).

Step 4: The captured files will be saved in the C: \ Users \ Your User Name \ Videos \ Captures folder.

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The screen capture feature on the Xbox Game Bar can only be used in the active application or game window. We cannot select a specific area or take a full screen screenshot.

5. Using the Light shot application

The last way to take a screenshot on a Windows 10 laptop is to use an application. There are many choices of screenshot applications that you can use for free. One that we recommend is lightshot.

Lights-out is one of the mandatory applications on Windows 10 which is very light. We can take screenshots and edit them at the same time, such as marking circles, squares, arrows, and adding text. The capture results can be directly uploaded to the server or stored on a computer.

Here's how to take a screenshot on a laptop with Lightshot:

Step 1: Download and install the application first via the following link:

Once installed, Lightshot can be used to take screenshots.

Step 2: Take a screenshot by pressing the Print Screen (PrtScn) button on the keyboard, then select the area you want to screenshot.

Step 3: Edit the screenshot by adding lines, text, and arrows.

Step 4: To upload the screenshot file, click the upload button, to save it to your computer press the save button.

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Tips:

To make it easier to take screenshots with this application, we can change the hotkey key combination (keyboard keys that are pressed to take screenshots) as desired.

The trick is to go to the tray icon area => right click on the Lightshot icon => select Options.

Click on the Hotkeys tab => check the General hotkey option => change the key combination as desired => click OK.

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Next, take a screenshot, you just have to press the hotkey that was set earlier.

The advantage of using this application is that its function is quite powerful and when it runs it is also very light, does not take up a lot of RAM. We can leave it running in the background without feeling any interference at all.

By using Lightshot we can capture any desired area on the screen. The hotkey feature that can be modified will also make it easier for us to take screenshots quickly whenever needed.
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