How to take a screenshot in Windows 10

How do you create that screenshot? While some of the newborns can actually do a screenshot without asking anyone’s help, old timers (including me) do need some guidance on how to do it. Here’s how to take a screenshot in Windows 10.

Different types of screenshots

In Windows 10, screenshots come in different varieties. They can range from an irregular shaped screenshot to a full screen screenshot.

  • Free form snip (screenshot)
  • Rectangular snip (screenshot)
  • Window snip (screenshot)
  • Full screen snip (screenshot)

Free form snip

This kind of snip or screenshot enables you to draw a non-linear selection in your screen using your mouse. Using this type of screenshot, you can create irregular shaped screenshots. This is useful if you are trying to capture a particular location in your screen that cannot be  contained in a boxed or rectangular screenshot.

Snipping tool: Free form snip

Snipping tool: Free form snip

Rectangular snip

This screenshot enables you to draw a boxed or rectangular shaped area in your screen for capture. This is the most common type of screenshot mode being used by people.

Snipping tool: Rectangular snip

Snipping tool: Rectangular snip

Windows snip

Windows snip is a type of screenshot mode where you can select a particular Window for screen capture. This is useful if you just want to capture a particular Window you are working and not include the background shown in your screen.

Snipping tool: Window snip

Snipping tool: Window snip

Snipping tool: Window snip selection

Snipping tool: Window snip selection

Snipping tool: Window snip selection capture

Snipping tool: Window snip selection capture

 

 

 

Full screen snip

A full screen snip is the regular screenshot that captures everything that is happening in your screen. I like to call this the lazy screenshot.

Snipping tool: Full screen snip

Snipping tool: Full screen snip

How to take a screenshot

Windows search: Snipping tool

Windows search: Snipping tool

There are two methods in taking a screenshot using Windows 10 – software / app method or the keyboard shortcut method. Opting for the software route “Snipping Tool” will give you more options for customization compared to the keyboard shortcut method. In contrast, the keyboard shortcut method will give you that fast screenshot capability at the expense of customization.

Here are some key differences between the two methods and how to use them:

Snipping Tool method Keyboard shortcut method
Snipping tool program needs to be started before you can take screenshot Screenshot can be made by either pressing the Print Screen / Windows + Print Screen key
Capture mode and delay can be customized Instantly gets a full screen capture
Screenshot can be previewed and annotated before saving Instantly copies the screenshot in the clipboard for later use
No need to paste to a photo manipulation program in order to save the screenshot Needs to be pasted to a photo manipulation program such as MS Paint in order to save the screenshot
Snipping tool: Annotation

Snipping tool: Annotation


To sum it all up, if you want to take a customized screenshot, go with Snipping tool. On the other hand, if you want to get a fast screenshot (specially when playing games), go with the keyboard shortcut method. Cheers!

 

 

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