How to take screen shot

What is a screenshot?

The screenshot is a screen capturing of your computer or mobile device that can be obtained using standard device tools or a special program.

How to Take Screenshot on Windows

  • Step 1 - Put screenshot into a clipboard*

    *Clipboard is a special part of a computer's memory to store temporary files.

    Press the Print
    Screen Sys Rq
    button on the keyboard (sometimes called PrntScrn, PrtScn, PrtScr, or PrtSc, usually found in the top row on the right side of the keyboard) - a screenshot of the entire screen will be copied to the clipboard.

    Print Screen Button on Windows

    If you are using a laptop, press the Fn + PrtScn keys together.
    PrtScn key is usually found in the top row on the right side of the keyboard;
    Fn key is usually found in the bottom row on the left side of the keyboard.

    How to take a Print Screen using Fn + PrtScn on Windows

    To take a screenshot of only the active(current) window, press Alt + PrtScn

    On a laptop, use the keyboard shortcut Fn + Alt + PrtScn

    Note: On Windows 8 and Windows 10, you can press the + PrtScn keyboard shortcut to quickly take a screenshot of the entire screen and automatically save it to the Screenshots folder in your picture library (Pictures > Screenshots).

  • Step 2 - Open graphic editor

    Open any of the installed graphics editors, for example, "Paint": Start → Programs → Accessories → Paint.

  • Step 3 - Paste screen shot to editor

    Select Edit → Paste from the menu (Windows XP, Windows Vista) or click the Paste button in the top menu (Windows 7 and higher).

    How to paste screenshot to Paint

    Note: You can also use the universal keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V.

    The image will be pasted from the clipboard into a graphics editor.

  • Step 4 - Edit screenshot

    Use graphic editor tools to add text or highlight individual image elements as needed.

  • Step 5 - Save screenshot

    Save the screenshot on your computer: File → Save As or press the button

    How to save screenshot in Paint

    Note: You can also use the universal keyboard shortcut Ctrl + S.
    It is better to save graphic files in JPG or PNG format: then the file size will be optimal for sending by mail. You can select the file format when saving in the "Paint" program in the File type field (at the bottom of the Save As window).

Snipping Tool - dedicated program to take a screenshot (Windows 7, 8, 10)

The Snipping Tool allows you to take a screenshot of any element of the desktop or the entire screen. The program is launched from the Start menu → All Programs → Accessories.