Taking screenshots is quite simple on practically every platform. On Windows, everyone knows that it's as simple as pressing the Prt Sc (print screen) key on the keyboard, which captures the whole screen for you. When we started using a MacBook Air, we quickly discovered that cmd + shift + 3 takes a screenshot of the entire screen and cmd + shift + 4 lets you select a portion of the screen for screenshots.
We’ve been using Windows for decades and found ourselves wondering why Microsoft’s platform doesn’t have a similar shortcut. Capturing the full screen and pasting it in MS Paint seems like an overly cumbersome way to take screenshots. That led to some quick searches through help and guess what, there are much better ways to take screenshots on Windows. Note that these methods will work in Windows XP or newer versions of the OS, except the Snipping Tool, which was only introduced in Windows Vista.
1. Saving a screenshot of the entire screen to file
How to save a screenshot of the entire screen directly to file in Windows:
2. Saving a screenshot to the clipboard
The simplest way to take a screenshot is to follow these steps:,
3. Taking a screenshot of the open window
If you just want to take a screenshot of an app or window you’ve opened, follow these steps.
4. Taking a screenshot of a part of the screen
This is where you use the Windows Snipping Tool. Follow these steps to take a screenshot of any arbitrary part of the screen.
This last method allows you to quickly select a portion of the screen that you need for your work, saving you a lot of time in the process.
That’s how to take screenshots on Windows. These are simple methods but we were surprised to know that many Gadgets 360 staff members didn’t know about all of them. For other useful tutorials, you can visit our How To section.