How to take screenshot in Windows 8 is Microsoft’s latest operating system largely for desktops and laptops. Taking a screenshot is one of the most essential features on any platform and Windows is no different. You can easily take screenshots on Windows 8 via some simple shortcuts. These allow you to take a screenshot and save it to a folder. You can take a screenshot of the entire screen or just one window on the screen. You may even save the screenshot to the clipboard and paste it in any app such as Microsoft Paint. Once you follow this guide, you’ll learn a few new key combinations to take screenshots in Windows 8.
A screenshot is an image taken of whatever’s on your screen. Today we’re going to show you how to take a screenshot in Windows.
You can take a screenshot on just about any platform, and taking screenshots in Windows is no different. It has a built-in option that works great for basic tasks, but many third-party programs offer more ease of use and features.
There are good reasons why you might want to take a screenshot in Windows 10. A screenshot can be useful for quickly showing someone what’s on your desktop, or grabbing a quick moment from a video that you need to share. Windows 10’s built-in screenshot controls are easy to use, but they aren’t exactly obvious.
Here are three built-in Windows screenshot keyboard shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We’ll also suggest a few third-party applications for those who need a more powerful screenshot utility.
1. Print Screen:
The old screenshot standard still exists in Windows 10. Press the PrtScn button on your keyboard and your entire screen (or screens, in a multi-monitor setup) is copied to the clipboard. From there you can paste it into Paint, GIMP, IrfanView, Photoshop, or any other photo program that allows you to paste in an image.
To capture your entire screen, tap the Print Screen (sometimes labeled PrtScn) key. Your screenshot will not be saved as a file, but it will be copied to the clipboard. You’ll need to open an image editing tool (such as Microsoft Paint), paste the screenshot in the editor and save the file from there.
You can also set the PrtScn button to open the Snip & Sketch tool by going to Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard and toggling on Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping under Print Screen Shortcut.
2. PrtScn + Windows key:
An upgraded version of PrtScn available since Windows 8 is Windows key + PrtScn. Tap those two keys simultaneously and your screen (or screens) will “blink” for a second, as if a camera shutter was opening and closing. Open File Explorer, navigate to Pictures > Screenshots, and your screenshot will be there waiting for you.
Press Windows key + Print Screen.
Now go to the Pictures library on your computer by launching Explorer (Windows key + e) and in the left pane click Pictures.
Open the Screenshots folder here to find your screenshot saved here with the name Screenshot (NUMBER).
You can also just press Print Screen and open MS Paint. Now press ctrl + v to paste the screenshot in Paint. You can now save it anywhere you like.
3. Print just the current window:
If all you need is a screenshot of the current program you’re using—such as Chrome, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—tap Alt + PrtScn. That will copy an image of the window currently in focus to the system clipboard. Just like using the PrtScn shortcut, you can then paste the image into the photo-editing or other image-friendly program (like the Gmail web app).
4. Use Windows’ Snipping Tool:
Windows’ built-in Snipping Tool lets you capture a custom chunk of the screen, then mark up, save, and share that image.
IDGChoose a shape for your screen grab and then select the area you want to “clip.”
To get started, click the Start button, type snip, and then click Snipping Tool. Next, click the New drop-down and select the desired shape of your “snip.”
You know the program is ready to snip when your screen dims—don’t freak out. If you’re not quite ready to snip yet, just click Cancel until you are.
Snipping involves clicking and dragging a box (outlined in red) around the area of the screen you want to save. The moment you release the mouse button, that captured area will appear in the Snipping Tool window.
From there you can save the snip (in your choice of GIF, JPEG, PNG, or HTML formats), copy it to the clipboard, email it, or add some basic notations using a pen and highlighter.
5. Snip & Sketch:
The new Snip & Sketch tool is easier to access and makes it easier to share screenshots, but it lacks an important feature that is keeping me on Team Snipping Tool. From the Snip & Sketch window, click the New button in the upper-left to initiate a screen capture.
The Snip & Sketch window disappears, and in its place you’ll see a tiny menu at the top of your screen that lets you choose which type of screenshot you want to take — rectangular, free-form or full-screen. Surprisingly, it does not offer any way to capture a screenshot of a window, which is my go-to with the Snipping Tool. You can also click the down-arrow button next to the New button in the Snip & Sketch window to delay a snip for 3 or 10 seconds.
After taking a screenshot, it gets loaded to Snip & Sketch, where you can annotate it with the pencil, pen and other tools at the top of the window. Your screenshot is also copied to your clipboard, and it includes any annotations you make.
6. Windows key + shift-S:
You can also use keyboard shortcut Windows key + shift-S (or the new Screen snip button in the Action Center) to capture a screenshot with Snip & Sketch. Your screen will dim and you’ll see Snip & Sketch’s small menu at the top of your screen that will let you choose with type of screenshot you want to capture.
7. Windows Logo + Volume Down:
If you’re rocking a Microsoft Surface device, you can use the physical (well, sort of physical) buttons to take a screenshot of your entire screen — similar to how you would take a screenshot on any other phone or tablet. To do this, hold down the Windows Logo touch button at the bottom of your Surface screen and hit the physical volume-down button on the side of the tablet. The screen will dim briefly and the screenshot will be automatically saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.
On most Android devices, the following key combination takes a screenshot:
- Go to the screen you wish to capture
- Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons (or Power and Home buttons on a
- Hold down both buttons until you hear the click or a flash indicating that the screen has been captured.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Tap the new screenshot notification to view the screenshot.
Often, you will then have the option to share or delete the screenshot directly. This may save you from manually having to search for the screenshot.
Some manufacturers offer additional shortcuts, for example:
- OnePlus 5, 5T, and 6: Swipe down with three fingers on the home screen.
- Sony Xperia phones: Hold down the power key until a screen appears and tap Take screenshot.
With Samsung, you can edit screenshots right away. / AndroidPIT
The screenshots can be found in the gallery under Screenshots. When accessed via USB on a computer, they can be found in the internal memory or on the SD card in the directory /Pictures/Screenshots, and in the case of Samsung smartphones, in the directory DCIM/Screenshots.
Take a screenshot with Google Assistant:
You can also ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot for you, provided you have it set up. When you’re on the screen you want to capture, just say, “OK Google, take a screenshot,” and it should immediately do so, saving a picture of the screen below the Assistant interface.
- Open the app or screen you want to capture.
- Set up everything exactly the way you want it for the shot.
- Press and hold the Side button on the right side of iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XZR.
- Click the Volume Up button at the exact same time. (This replaces the Home button step from previous iPhones.)
- The screen will flash white and you’ll hear the camera shutter sound (if your sound is enabled).