A picture is worth a thousand words, and with screenshots, you can capture all the words—and more! They’re helpful for everything from capturing a funny meme to recording a bug on your computer to showing a friend how to do something on their phone. Here’s how to take screenshots on your Windows PC.
Screenshots can be really handy
Snipping Tool was a screenshotting app that was bundled with Microsoft Windows versions 7 and 10. But, in October 2018, Microsoft announced that they were replacing it with a new app called Snip & Sketch. The new app is available on Windows 10 devices only and has the following features:
-A delay timer so that you can capture screenshots of menu items or actions
-An ink tool so that you can write or draw on your screenshots
-The ability to save screenshots in PDF or JPEG format
There are a couple of ways to take screenshots on your Windows PC. The first way is to use the Snip & Sketch app. Snip & Sketch is a pre-installed app in Windows 10 that lets you take screenshots, annotate them and even record a video of your screen. To open the app, type “snip” into the Cortana search box; when “Snip & Sketch” comes up, click on it. You’ll now be looking at the app’s main window, which has a variety of icons across the top. The blue button on the top left lets you either immediately take a screenshot or set a delay for 3 or 10 seconds. Click on it to get to the app’s small command bar. The second (and faster) way is to simply press the Windows logo key + Shift + S, which will immediately bring you to that same command bar.
snip into the Cortana search box
If you want to take a screenshot of a specific area on your screen, you can use the Snip & Sketch tool. Press Windows key + Shift + S to open up the Snip & Sketch toolbar. You can also open it by typing snip into the Cortana search box on the taskbar. From left to right, the buttons on the command bar let you mark out a rectangular area for your screenshot, a freeform area, a specific window, or a fullscreen shot. As soon as you’ve either marked out the area to snip or clicked on the button for a window or fullscreen snip, the screenshot will be taken. It will be automatically saved as a PNG file. A thumbnail of the snip will appear in the lower-right corner for a couple of seconds; you can click on it to bring it into the full Snip & Sketch app for editing.
Taking screenshots on a Windows PC is super easy - you just need to know the right way to do it. We hope that this article has been helpful and shown you how simple and easy it is to take screenshots on your PC.
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