3 ways to take a screenshot on a PC with Windows 10

If you want to capture your screen on a PC with windows 10, these are the best 3 ways to do it without installing any additional software.

(If you prefer to learn through video, at the end of this post there is a video describing the 3 methods.)

Print Screen Function

The first and easiest method is, pressing the Print Screen button on your keyboard. This can be achieved by pressing the PrtScr button on your keyboard. This method will capture your entire screen, even multiple screens if you use monitors attached to your laptop.

You can paste the capture in your application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Paint).

You can crop the screenshot and use only what you need out of it, or you can save it as an image file to send over email or store for later use.

The Snipping Tool

The sniping tool helps you take a selective screenshot on a Windows 10 PC. Instead of capturing your entire screen, you can now capture one specific area of the screen into an image that you can save, paste into a presentation or a WordPress post.

To Snip, you click New, draw a box over the area you want to capture and done. Now you can do mark-ups on the image, copy and paste it in your content

One problem with the Snipping Tool is that if you want to capture an active element like a drop-down or a menu that is unfolding or any other action performed with the mouse clicking or hovering, as soon as you click on New Snip, the drop-down or the menu goes away.

A workaround that problem is to do a screen shot with Print Screen button while the mouse is not moving and to crop the image.

But there is a better way.

The Snip & Sketch tool

This is another software application installed by default in Windows 10 for taking a screenshot is Snip & Sketch.

The best feature of the Snip & Sketch is snipping with a delay. If you click on the arrow down next to the New button you now have 2 additional options:

  • Snip in 3 seconds
  • Snip in 10 seconds

That gives you 3 or 10 seconds to “set the stage”, move your mouse to the drop menu or drop-down you want to show.

Here is a video of the 3 methods described below.

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