How to Take Screenshots on Windows 11

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Whether you’re using Windows 10 or Windows 11, taking a screenshot to record part of or the complete display is simple. Windows 10 and 11 have the same built-in tools (Snip & Sketch and Snipping Tool), and many keyboard shortcuts will allow you to snap a screenshot in a matter of seconds. In this section, we’ll show you how to utilize both built-in Windows screenshot tools and alternative shortcuts for capturing screenshots in Windows 10 and Windows 11, so you can choose which you prefer.

In addition, you can read about when Microsoft plans to stop providing support for Windows 10? as well as for instructions on how to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Kindly refer to these related guides: How to make a screenshot on a mac device, and how to make a screenshot of Windows 10 Screen / Login Screen.

Snipping Tool (Snip & Sketch)

The Snipping Tool has been available since Windows Vista. Windows has been warning for several years that the Snipping Tool is being phased out, yet it is still available. In Windows 11 the Snip & Sketch to has been replaced with the Snipping Tool. The Snip & Sketch tool was developed initially to phase out the snipping tool, but the Snipping Tool was instead redesigned in Windows 11 to have most of the features that the Snip & sketch has including share, zoom, and annotate screenshots.

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The keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S is the quickest method to launch Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool is also available in the alphabetical list of programs accessible via the Start button, as well as in the notification panel, where it is labeled Snipping Tool. If you don’t remember the keyboard shortcut, you may just search for it.

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Either the keyboard shortcut or the notification button dims your screen and opens a little menu at the top of your screen that allows you to select the sort of screenshot you wish to take: rectangle, free-form, window, or full-screen. When you take a screenshot, it is saved to your clipboard and shown as a notice in the lower-right corner of your screen for a brief period of time. Click the notice to annotate, save, or share the screenshot in the Snipping Tool app. (If you don’t see the notification, open the notification panel and look for it.)

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If you launch Snipping Tool from the Start menu or by searching for it, the Snipping Tool window will appear instead of the little panel at the top of the screen. To begin a screen capture and open the tiny panel, click the New button in the upper-left corner. You can also choose to delay the screenshot for 3 or 10 seconds and click the down arrow button next to the clock icon. 

Print Screen

Tap the Print Screen (often labelled PrtScn) key to capture your full screen. Your snapshot will be transferred to the clipboard rather than saved as a file. Open an image editing program (such as Microsoft Word or Paint), paste the screenshot into the editor, and save the file.

You can also configure the PrtScn button to launch the Snipping Tool by heading to Settings > accessibility > Keyboard and selecting Use the PrtScn button to launch screen snipping under Print Screen Shortcut.

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Turn on the ‘Use the screen button to open screen snipping’. 

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Windows key + Print Screen

Tap the Windows key + Print Screen key to record your whole screen and save it instantly. Your screen will dim briefly to signify that you have just taken a screenshot, and the screenshot will be automatically stored in the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

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Alt + Print Screen

Use the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn to capture a fast screenshot of the active window. This will take a screenshot of the currently active window and transfer it to the clipboard. To save the image, you’ll need to open it in an image editor. 

Game bar

Whether you’re playing a game or not, you can take a screenshot using the Game bar. To access the Game bar, press Windows + G. To take a full-screen screenshot, click the screenshot button in the Game bar or use the default keyboard shortcut Windows key + Alt + PrtScn

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To customize your Game bar screenshot keyboard shortcut, navigate to Settings > Gaming > Game bar. You’ll also need to activate the Game bar from this settings page by making sure Record game clips, pictures, and broadcasts using the Game bar are toggled on.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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