Working with your PC and need to send over information from your screen, want to share an example of a procedure with your colleagues? Screenshots are always going to come in handy in these scenarios. Here are 3 steps you can use for good screenshots if you use a Windows 10 machine.

METHOD 1: USE THE SNIPPING TOOL

The snipping tool can be used to save a screenshot by highlighting an area of the screen.

Many may not be aware, but there’s a snipping tool perfectly made to take screenshots on your Windows PC. Simply hit the search button and you should be off to a great start. Screenshots can be taken on Windows 10 almost in the same way as occurs on Windows 8.1. Simply click on the new button and draw a rectangular snip over your desired region and save or copy to click board if you want to use elsewhere. Custom shapes and pen tools are also available if you need to draw or encircle any important regions of the screen. Using the snipping tool is definitely one of the easiest ways to get the hang of screenshots when working on your PC.

METHOD 2: USING PRINT SCREEN

A look at the top-right keys on your keyboard and you will find some sparsely used buttons such as the print screen (PrntScr). This is another way you can easily take a screenshot of your PC screen, and it’s just a tap away.

Gently pressing this key takes a full shot of the entire screen you are working on. However it does this silently in the background, so this may not be noticed. Open paint and paste the picture with ease before saving or simply paste elsewhere in a document and you are all set.

Pressing Alt + PrtSc will take a screenshot of the front-most part of the screen, which is always desired if you don’t need to include your taskbar section. Another variation is pressing the Windows Key + PrtScn. This saves your screenshots to a folder in the Picture library. This can be very useful when multiple screenshots are desired before editing or sharing, instead of having to deal with them individually.

It is however important to note that not all manufactures find the PrtScr key important, so it may not be present on your PC, especially if it has a smaller keyboard. Using the snipping tool becomes the major option. You can also check if there are alternatives put in place by the device manufacturer. For example, Microsoft’s Surface laplets usually have a Windows+Fn+Space  shortcut which automatically saves shortcuts in the screenshots folder.

METHOD 3: TABLET SHORTCUTS

Where you can’t find any of the options above useful, especially if you are running a Windows 10 tablet with no accompanying keyboard. There’s still a possible workaround. Simply combine the windows home button with the Volume down key and that’s it! You have your screenshot taken. You can then see the screenshot by checking your pictures library, specifically in your screenshots folder.

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