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8 Ways To Capture Screenshots In Windows

Windows 10 October 2018 Updated introduced a new way to capture footage from last year. The shear tool is out. Snip & Sketch is turned on. (In fact, the Snipping tool is still circling around, but Microsoft claims it has been phased out.)

Here’s how Snip & Sketch works – and other shortcuts to capture screenshots using Windows 10.

Clip and sketch

Snip & Sketch is easy to access and makes it easy to share screenshots, but it lacks the important feature of keeping Team Snipping Tool. From the Snip & Sketch window, click the New button in the top right to start capturing the screen.

The Snip & Sketch window disappears, and in its place you’ll see a small menu at the top of the screen that lets you choose the type of screen shot you want to capture – rectangular or screen-free. Surprisingly, it does not offer any way to capture a screenshot of a window, which serves as a chipping tool. You can also click the down arrow button next to the “New” button in the Snip & Sketch window to delay the clip for 3 or 10 seconds.

After capturing a screenshot, it loads onto Snip & Sketch, where you can add a pencil, pen, and other annotation at the top of the window. The screen shot is also copied to your clipboard, and includes any annotations you make.

Shear tool

The cutting tool has existed since Windows Vista. Click the New button to start the screen capture process. The default clip type is a rectangular clip, but you can also capture free-form clips and fill the screen with a clip window.

The Trim tool does not automatically save your screen shots – you’ll need to manually save them in the tool before you exit – and automatically copy your footage to the clipboard.

Screen printing

To capture the entire screen, click the Print Screen key (sometimes named PrtScn). The screen shot will not be saved as a file, but will be copied to the clipboard. You will need to open an image editing tool (such as Microsoft Paint), paste the screen shot into the editor and save the file from there.

You can also adjust the PrtScn button to open the Snip & Sketch tool by going to Settings> Accessibility> Keyboard and switching using the PrtScn button to open the screen shot under the print screen shortcut.

Windows key + print screen

To capture the entire screen and save the screen shot automatically, click the Windows key + Print Screen key. Your screen will briefly appear to indicate that you just took a screenshot, and the screenshot will be saved in the Photos> Screenshots folder.

Windows Key + Shift-S

You can also use the Windows keyboard key + shift-S (or the new screen clip button in the workstation) to capture a screen shot using Snip & Sketch. Your screen will be dimmed and you’ll see a small Snip & Sketch menu at the top of the screen that lets you choose the type of screen shot you want to capture.

Alt + Screen Printing

To capture a quick screenshot of the active frame, use the Alt + PrtScn keyboard shortcut. This will capture a currently active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. You’ll need to open the snapshot in an image editor to save it.

The game bar

You can use the game bar to capture a screen shot, whether you’re in the middle of the game or not. Press the Windows key + G key to call the game bar. From here, you can click the screenshot button in the game bar or use the default Windows key + Alt + PrtScn key to capture a screen shot in full screen. To set the keyboard shortcut for your Game bar screen, go to Settings> Gaming> Game bar. Backing up a little, you’ll also need to enable the game bar from this settings page by making sure you’ve switched on recording game clips, screen shots, and broadcast using the game bar.

Windows Logo + Volume Down

If you’re shaking your Microsoft Surface device, you can use the physical buttons (well, physically) to capture a screenshot of your entire screen – like capturing a screenshot on any other phone or tablet. To do this, press and hold the Windows Logo touch button at the bottom of the Surface screen and press the Volume Down button on the side of the Tablet PC. The screen will remain dimmed briefly and the screenshot will automatically be saved in the Photos> Screenshots folder.

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