How To

How To Take Screenshot on PC?

We all have come to this question once in our life on how to take a screenshot on our desktop. If you are thinking you need to install an extra software for this process then you are completely wrong. There is a bunch of preset inside our operating system and most users don’t even know how to use them. Here is your solution on –  How to take the screenshot on your Windows Operating System.

How To Do It?

Ever wondered what “Print Scrn, Prnt Scrn, Prt Scrn, Prt Scn, Prt Scr, Prt Sc or Pr Sc” key does on your keyboard. Back in the days, Print Scrn was used to Print whatever is displayed on your current screen to your associated printer. Hence, the name “Print Scrn” but after the evolution of computer ecosystem, this preset is changed to a different approach. In today’s modern computer, Print Scrn is used to take the screenshot of your current screen. When a user press Print Scrn on the keyboard, system graphical user interface (GUI) saves a bitmap of the current screen and save all the data in a clipboard.

Taking a Full-Screen Screenshot

  1. Press “Print Scrn” on your keyboard.
  2. Open any editor of your choice, for example, Paint/Photoshop.
  3. Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into your editor.
  4. Edit your image if you want and save it on your hard drive.

Taking Current Screen Screenshot

  1. Open the desired screen for the screenshot and press “Alt + Print Scrn” on your keyboard.
  2. Open any editor of your choice, for example, Paint/Photoshop.
  3. Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into your editor and save it.
  4. Only the current open window gets stored in the memory.

Using Snipping Tools

Snipping Tool comes pre-installed from Windows Vista and higher versions(except for Starter and Basic edition of Windows). Capture any part of your screen, add notes on it, save it and email it instantly.

What is the Process?

    • In Windows Vista or 7, click the Start Button, select All Programs, then go to Accessories and select the Snipping Tool.
    • In Windows 8 or 8.1, press Window Button, then click on search bar or start typing “Snipping Tool” and select the application.
    • In Windows 10, click on the search bar or on the start menu, type Snipping Tool and select the application.
    • You can capture any of the following types of snips :

    1. Free-form Snip (Let you snip the area drawn with your mouse.)
    2. Rectangular Snip (Let you select the snip in the rectangular form.)
    3. Window Snip (Let you choose any open window to snip.)
    4. Full-screen Snip (Let you snip all the windwos, except the Snipping Tool.)

Snipping Setting

By default, Windows fill snip border with red color. To remove this setting, open Snipping Tool, choose Options, on the Selection tab uncheck – Show selection ink after snips are captured.(In our case, this setting is already unchecked.)

Creating New Snip
  • Open the Snipping Tool and click on New tab.
  • Select your snip portion with the help of your mouse.
  • Once the snip is done you can edit your snip with the help of pen, send email or you can even use highlighter. Don’t forget to save your snip.




Sonam Gurung

Sonam is a web enthusiast, tech geek, photographer, gamer and music lover.