Taking a screenshot of your screen is really useful, whether you’re using a smartphone, a tablet, or a PC running Windows 11. Microsoft’s desktop operating system has long featured a plethora of options for capturing images from your PC’s screen—perhaps a plethora of possibilities. Fortunately, Windows 11 makes things easier. So, in this guide, you are going to learn How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 11 in many simple and easy ways.
How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 11
Take a screenshot if you need to capture the contents of your Windows 11 PC’s screen (or a piece of it) for later reference. You can take screenshots using either the built-in functionality or third-party solutions. Here are a few possible approaches.
1. Copy the Entire Screen to the Clipboard: Press Print Screen
By pressing the Print Screen (PrtScn) key in Windows 11, as in earlier versions of Windows, you can copy an image of your full screen into the clipboard (a temporary storage area for copying and pasting). On your keyboard, the Print Screen key may be labeled “PrtScn” or “PrtScrn” at times.
On most desktop keyboards, the Print Screen key is located to the right of the F12 key, along the uppermost row of keys. To make it work on laptop keyboards, you may need to hit a function (“Fn”) key while pressing the Print Screen key.
With a screenshot in your clipboard, you may paste it into any application that supports pasted pictures. For example, you can use Ctrl+V to paste the image into the Paint software that comes with Windows. Then, click Ctrl+S to save the screenshot as a file in the image format of your choice.
2. Save a Screenshot as a File: Press Windows+Print Screen
If you want to save a screenshot as an image file on your PC right away, hit Windows+Print Screen on your keyboard. Windows will snap a full-screen screenshot and save it as a PNG file called “Screenshot (#).png” in the C: Users[User Name]PicturesScreenshots folder (where “#” is a number that increases over time based on the number of screenshots you’ve taken).
Also, if you have a laptop, you may need to hold the Function or “Fn” key while pressing Print Screen or “PrtSc” for it to work, thus you may need to press Windows+Fn+Print Screen to save your screen as a PNG file.
3. Copy the Active Window to the Clipboard: Press Alt+Print Screen
If you’d like to capture the currently active window to the clipboard (without having to select it or crop an image), press Alt+Print Screen on your keyboard. Once in the clipboard, you can paste the screenshot into any app that will receive images, like Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, or a free image editing app like Paint.NET.
4. Capture a Portion of the Screen to the Clipboard: Press Windows+Shift+S
You may use a special Windows 11 screen snipping tool to grab a specific portion of your screen that you choose. Press Shift+Windows+s on your keyboard at any time. The screen will darken, and a little toolbar will appear in the upper center of the screen. Here’s what the options do, from left to right:
- Rectangular Snip: Select a free-form rectangle-shaped section of the screen to capture.
- Freeform Snip: Take a screenshot of an unusual shape. When you paste it, the region around the irregular form (in the rectangular image) will be black.
- Window Snip: Select an application window and take a screenshot of just that window.
- Full-screen Snip: This option, like pressing Print Screen by itself, takes a screenshot of the full screen.
Click the leftmost icon on the toolbar, which looks like a rectangle with a + in the corner, to capture a rectangular selection of the screen, for example.
Next, move your cursor to a location near what you want to capture. Click and hold the mouse button, then drag your mouse (or finger on a trackpad) to the rectangle area you wish to save.
When you let go of the mouse button, the selected region will be copied to the clipboard. If you have notifications enabled, you will notice a small pop-up from the Snipping Tool in the corner of the screen. When you click it, the screenshot you just captured will be opened in the Snipping Tool app, where you can annotate, crop, or save it as needed (see the section below).
If you disregard the pop-up message, you’ll still need to copy the screenshot and paste it into an image editing tool like Microsoft Paint to save it to a file. You can, however, copy and paste the image into other applications, such as email clients and chat apps.
That’s it. So, this was all about How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 11 in easy multiple ways. I hope you found this post to be useful, thanks.
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