How to Take Screenshot Using Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

 take screenshot

This article shows how to take screenshot in Windows 10. Windows 10 has given a lot of new features and millions of users are currently using this new OS. Taking a screenshot in Windows 10 remains the most useful feature as almost everyone of use needs it on daily basis.

You will discover the many possibilities of taking screenshots in addition to snapping just the half or quarter of the screen. Included are some useful programs to accomplish screenshot taking.

print screen take screenshot

How to Take Screenshot in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can take a screenshot in Windows 10 by just pressing the Print Screen button (sometimes labeled as Prt Sc) from your keyboard. The entire screen will be copied to your clipboard. In order to view and manipulate this screenshot, open the default Paint program on your computer and paste it in.screenshot ms paint windows

Other programs that allow you to paste in screenshots are OneNote and Word. You can paste in your screenshot by pressing CTRL+V (the paste command) on the keyboard or simply use the paste option found within the program.

Take a screenshot of a Window

If you only want to capture the Active Window, and not the whole screen, just press  ALT + PRTSCN and the active window will be saved in the image. An active window is the current program you are running. alt print screen take screenshotFor example, if you do ALT + PRTSCN while browsing a website, it will take a screenshot of just the browser and not your entire desktop. This can be quite useful!

Automatically save a screenshot

If you wish to quickly save entire screenshots without editing them, there is a quick way of doing it. Simply press the windows key (a button with the windows logo) and the print screen key. Windows print screen folderThis will save your entire screenshot to a folder named "Screenshots". To locate this folder, open up file explorer or any folder. In the address bar you have to type the following:


Replace USERNAME with your actual username on Windows. In the image above you can see our path highlighted. The username is "VK", therefore the path is "C:\Users\VK\Pictures\Screenshots".

Note: Folder paths are cap sensitive!

Share your Screenshot

Sharing a screen shot in Windows 10 is made easy! Hit the Windows key + H on the keyboard. Doing so will prompt your computer to take a snapshot of your screen. The following window should pop up on the right side of your screen:share screenshot Windows 10

If you have social media apps like Twitter and Facebook installed on your computer, you should see them as one of your options as well. Choose where you wish to share the screenshot and it will insert it for you.

Taking Screenshot on Your Surface Tablet

Windows Surface take screenshot

If you are using a Windows 10 mobile device like Surface or Windows 10 mobile, you can press Windows Button and volume down button to take the screenshot. The screenshot will be saved in your screenshots folder located in Pictures.

Useful Free Programs to Take Screenshot With

snipping tool take screenshot

Snipping Tool

You can also use the Snipping tool to take the screenshot in Windows 10. Snipping tool is a free tool that has come with Windows for many years. Just write "Snipping Tool" in Windows 10 search bar, locate and open the app, press "New" and capture the whole screen. The useful part of this program is that you can choose what exactly you want to take a screenshot of.

lightshot take screenshot


If compared to the Snipping Tool, Lightshot is a lot better for taking screenshots. After you install it, your print screen button on the keyboard will now initiate Lightshot. The program is always running in the background, so you can utilize the button on the keyboard to quickly get to it. This is what makes it better then the Snipping Tool.

lightshot takes screenshot

When you hit the PRT SCRN button, your screen becomes gray. Move your cursor where you want to take a screen shot and drag it across the desired area. Then you have a few options to choose from. You can save it to the web, save it to your computer, or simply share it via any social network. Lightshot is very useful!



Another useful screenshot program that is better then the Snipping Tool is Greenshot. This software allows you to capture the entire webpage that you are looking at.greenshot take screenshot

This means that you can take a screenshot of the whole website when it has scrolling. However Greenshot stands out because it allows you to easily write on the screenshots. It can be a very useful tool when creating presentations.
Picpick screenshot program


A self proclaimed all in one tool for taking screenshots, PicPick not only allows you to take a screenshot but lets you edit it as well. The program does the typical screen capture, as well as scrolling windows. The unique thing about this program is that it has a built in image editor so you can add text and shapes to your screen shot. You can also add in some effects. Sharing the screen capture is made easy by allowing you to send via email and drop box, as well as sharing on all of the popular social medias.


Owner and admin of I am here to help you with any tech related question you may have! :)