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Screenshots are an incredibly useful way to document and share what’s on your screen. Whether it’s a tweet you think someone may wind up deleting, a glitch that you’re explaining to a tech support person or a hilariously auto corrected line of text, the ability to save your screen for posterity is useful information.

Fortunately, there are more than a few ways to capture the screen you’re looking to save. There’s the old-school Print Screen key, a method that instantly creates a new file for you, Windows’ own Snipper Tool and if you’re always screengrabbing, there’s even a free and powerful third party program we can recommend.

1. How To Take a Screenshot of Your Whole Screen

1. Tap the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The screen shot is now stored in your clipboard and you need to paste it into a graphics editor such as Windows Paint.

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2. Type “paint” into the search bar next to the Start menu.
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3. Select “Paint”

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4. Click “Paste”

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Your screenshot is ready!

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2. How to Take a Screenshot of Just The Active Window

1. Hit Alt + Print Screen.

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2. Type “paint” into the search bar next to the Start menu (if Paint is already open, click Control+N and then select OK when Paint asks you to approve the height and width).

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3. Select “Paint”

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4. Click “Paste”

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Your screenshot is just of the window you had open and active!

 

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3. How To Make A Screenshot File Without Any Additional Programs

1. Hit Windows key  + Print Screen.

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When you navigate to the Screenshots folder inside of your Pictures, your screensh0t will be there!

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4. How To Take a Screenshot of a Specific Part of Your Screen

1. Type “snipping tool” into the search bar next to the Start menu.
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2. Select “Snipping Tool”

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3. Click “New”

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4. Click and drag the cursor to select the area of the screen you want to use; release the cursor once you’ve selected the space you want to capture.

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Your screenshot is open in Snipping Tool!

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