How to take a screenshot with standard and third-party applications in Windows 10

Screenshot – a snapshot of what is happening on the device screen at the moment. You can save the image displayed on the screen both by standard means Windows 10 and using third-party applications.

Content

  • Taking screenshots in standard ways
    • Copy to clipboard
      • How to get a screenshot from the clipboard
    • Fast screenshot upload
    • Saving a snapshot directly to computer memory
      • Video: how to save a screenshot directly to PC memory with Windows 10
    • Taking a snapshot with Scissors
      • Video: How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the Scissors program
    • Taking Snapshots Using the Game Bar
  • Taking screenshots using third-party programs
    • Snip editor
    • Gyazo
      • Video: how to use the Gyazo program
    • Lightshot
      • Video: How to Use Lightshot

Taking screenshots in standard ways

There are several ways in Windows 10 to take a screenshot without any third party software.

Copy to clipboard

Saving the entire screen is done with one key – Print Screen (Prt Sc, Prnt Scr). Most often it is located on the right side of the keyboard, it can be combined with another button, for example, it will be called Prt Sc SysRq. If you press this key, the screenshot will be sent to the clipboard.

Prt Sc SysRq key on keyboard

Press the Print Screen key to take a screenshot of the entire screen

If you need to get a picture of only one active window, and not the full screen, press the Alt + Prt Sc keys simultaneously.

Starting with build 1703, a function has appeared in Windows 10 that allows you to take a screenshot of an arbitrary rectangular part of the screen while simultaneously holding Win + Shift + S. The screenshot will also be sent to the clipboard.

Screenshot when pressing Win + Shift + S

By pressing Win + Shift + S, you can take a screenshot of an arbitrary part of the screen

How to get a screenshot from the clipboard

After the picture was taken using one of the above methods, the picture was saved in the clipboard memory. To see it, you need to perform the 'Paste' action in any program that supports inserting photos.

Paste button in Paint

Click the 'Paste' button to display the clipboard snapshot on the canvas

For example, if you need to save a picture to your computer's memory, then it is best to use Paint. Open it and click on the 'Insert' button. After that, the picture will be copied to the canvas, but it will not disappear from the buffer until it is replaced by a new image or text.

You can paste the clipboard picture into a Word document or into a social network dialog box if you want to send it to someone. This can also be done using the universal key combination Ctrl + V, which performs the 'Paste' action.

Fast screenshot upload

If you need to quickly send a screenshot by mail to another user, it is best to use the Win + H key combination. When you hold it down and select the desired area, the system will offer a list of available programs and ways with which the created screenshot can be shared.

Quickly send a screenshot to Windows 10

Use the Win + H combination to quickly send a screenshot

Saving a snapshot directly to computer memory

To save a screenshot in the above methods, you need:

  1. Copy the snapshot to the clipboard.
  2. Paste it into Paint or another program.
  3. Save to computer memory.

But you can do it faster by holding the Win + Prt Sc combination. The picture will be saved in .png format to the folder located along the path: C: \ Pictures \ Screenshot.

Screenshot in File Explorer

The created screenshot is saved in the 'Screenshot' folder

Video: how to save a screenshot directly to PC memory with Windows 10

Taking a snapshot with Scissors

Windows 10 has the 'Scissors' application by default, which allows you to take and edit a screenshot in a small window:

  1. Find it through the search bar on the Start menu. Scissors on the Start Menu

    Open the Scissors program

  2. Explore the list of options for taking a screenshot. You can choose which part of the screen or which window to save, set a delay and make more detailed settings by clicking on the 'Options' button. List of parameters in the program 'Scissors'

    Take a screenshot with Scissors

  3. Edit the screenshot in the program window: you can draw on it, erase unnecessary, select some areas. The final result can be saved to any folder on your computer, copied to the clipboard or sent by e-mail. Editing a screenshot in the 'Scissors' program

    Edit the screenshot in the 'Scissors' program

Video: How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 using the Scissors program

Taking Snapshots Using the Game Bar

The Game Panel function is designed to record games: video of what is happening on the screen, the sound of the game, the user's microphone, etc. One of the functions is a screenshot of the screen, which is created by clicking on the icon in the form of a camera.

The panel is opened using the Win + G keys. After holding down the combination, a window will appear at the bottom of the screen, in which you will need to confirm that you are now in the game. In this case, you can shoot the screen at any time, even when you are sitting in any text editor or browser.

'Game bar' at Windows 10

Screenshot can also be taken using the 'Game Panel'

However, please note that Game Bar does not work on some graphics cards and depends on your Xbox app settings.

Taking screenshots using third-party programs

If the above methods do not suit you for some reason, use third-party utilities that have a clear interface and a variety of functions.

To take a screenshot in the programs described below, you need to do the following:

  1. Hold down the button on the keyboard assigned to the program call.
  2. Stretch the rectangle that appears on the screen to the desired size. Taking a screenshot using the third-party Lightshot program

    Select the area with a rectangle and save the screenshot

  3. Save the selection.

Snip editor

It is a third party program developed by Microsoft. You can download it for free from the official website of the company. The Snip Editor contains all the standard features previously seen in the Snips application: creating a screenshot of a full screen or part of it, inline editing of the resulting snapshot and saving it to computer memory, clipboard or sending by mail.

Snip Editor interface

The only drawback of Snip Editor is the lack of Russian localization

But there are also new functions: voice tagging and creating a screenshot using the Print Screen key, which was previously reserved for moving a screenshot to the clipboard. Another positive side is the pleasant modern interface, and the negative side is the absence of the Russian language. But the control of the program is intuitive, so English prompts should be enough.

Gyazo

Gyazo is a third-party program that allows you to create and edit screenshots with the press of a single key. Once the area you want is selected, you can add text, markup, and a gradient. The selection can be moved even after you have painted over the screenshot. All standard functions, various types of saving and editing a screenshot are also present in the program.

Gyazo program interface

Gyazo takes screenshots and uploads them to cloud storage

Video: how to use the Gyazo program

Lightshot

The minimalistic interface contains the entire set of necessary functions: saving, editing and changing the image area. The program allows the user to independently configure the hotkey for taking a screenshot, and also has built-in combinations for quickly saving and editing the file.

Lightshot interface

Lighshot allows the user to customize the hotkey for taking screenshots

Video: How to Use Lightshot

You can take pictures of what is happening on the screen with both standard programs and third-party ones. The easiest and fastest way is to copy the desired image to the clipboard using the Print Screen button. If you often have to take screenshots, then it is better to install some third-party program with wide functionality and capabilities.

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