We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. The Game Bar generates screenshots in PNG format, and saves them in “C: Users your username Videos Captures.” Before you start using the Game Bar, launch the Xbox app that came with Windows 10 open its settings. Under “Game DVR”, toggle “Take screenshots using Game DVR,” and assign whatever keyboard shortcuts you want.

Take a snapshot to copy words or images from all or part of your PC screen. Use Snipping Tool to make changes or notes, then save, and share.

ShareX can upload screenshots directly to Imgur, Twitter, Google Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, and dozens of other services in just a few clicks. That means less time fumbling with the Twitter web. The snipping tool is a Windows screenshot utility that included in Windows Vista and later version. It is a very great tool, using this tool you can take screenshots of an open window, a free-form area, rectangular areas, or the entire screen. How to use this tool? Click the start menu button and type “Snipping Tool” in the search box.

Windows 10 has another screenshot app you might also like to try. When you open Snipping Tool, you’ll see an invitation and keyboard shortcut to Snip & Sketch. For more info on this app, see How to take and annotate screenshots on Windows 10.

Capture any of the following types of snips:

Free-form snip

Draw a free-form shape around an object.

Rectangular snip

Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

Window snip

Select a window, such as a dialog box, that you want to capture.

Full-screen snip

Capture the entire screen.

When you capture a snip, it's automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window where you make changes, save, and share.


Open Snipping Tool

For Windows 10

Select the Start button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 8.1 / Windows RT 8.1

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then select Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

For Windows 7

Select the Start button, then type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

Work with your screenshots

With your Snipping Tool open, select one of the following to create and work with your screenshots.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, select Mode. In earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. Next, when you choose the kind of snip you want, you’ll see the whole screen change slightly to gray. Then, choosing from anything currently displayed on the screen, select the area of your screen that you want to capture.

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want to capture. For Windows 7, press the Esc key before opening the menu.

  2. Press Ctrl + PrtScn keys. The entire screen changes to gray including the open menu.

  3. Select Mode, or in earlier versions of Windows, select the arrow next to the New button. Select the kind of snip you want, and then select the area of the screen capture that you want to capture.

Annotate a snip

After you capture a snip, you can write or draw on or around it by selecting the Pen or Highlighter buttons. Select Eraser to remove the lines you've drawn.


Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, select the Save Snip button.

  2. In the Save As box, type a file name, location, and type, and then select Save.

Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from appearing:

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  1. In the Snipping Tool, select the Options button.

  2. In theSnipping Tools Options box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, then select OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, select the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then select an option from the list.

Keyboard shortcuts to use in Snipping Tool

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Press these keys

To do this

Alt + M

Choose a snipping mode.

Alt + N

Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one.

Shift + arrow keys

Move the cursor to select from different types of snips.

Alt + D

Delay capture by 1-5 seconds

Ctrl + C

Copy the snip to clipboard

Ctrl +

Save the snip

Enlarge, rotate, or crop your snip

With your capture open in Snipping Tool, select Edit > Edit with Paint 3D to use features for sizing, color, text, and many other enhancements.

Print a snip

In the folder where you’ve saved your snip, right click on the snip. Select Print from the options and make choices for how you want to print your image.

Place tool on the taskbar

In the search box on the taskbar, type snipping tool. You’ll see the Snipping Tool app and a list of actions you can take. Select Pin to taskbar.

Delay your screenshot

First, identify the menu or other components you want to capture. In Snipping Tool, select Delay and then select, for example, 5 seconds. Select Mode to start the 5-second countdown. Within 5 seconds, open a menu or otherwise compose your image. At 5 seconds, when you see the screen turn gray, use the mouse to draw around the area you want.

Related info

For info about other Windows 10 features, see What's new in recent Windows 10 updates.

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  • Windows 10 provides several ways to take screenshots of your entire computer screen, or just select parts of it.
  • The fastest way to take a screenshot on Windows 10 is by pressing the 'PrtScn' button on your keyboard. There are various key combos to take screenshots of portions of the screen.
  • Microsoft also provides a Snipping Tool to take custom screenshots, and draw on the images.
  • You can take screenshots within games by opening the Game Bar with the Windows + G keyboard shortcut.
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If you need to capture a screenshot of something on your computer screen, Windows 10 offers a variety of methods for doing just that.

Whether you want to save the entire screen, or just a piece of it, we've rounded up all the most common techniques for taking a Windows 10 screenshot.

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 with the PrtScn key

The simplest way to save a copy of whatever is on your computer screen is to simply press the 'Print Screen' key on your keyboard. It's usually labeled 'PrtScn' (or something very similar) and is located in the top row, among or near the Function keys.

On some keyboards (particularly laptops) you might need to trigger the Print Screen using the Function key (in other words, hold the Function key and then press PrtScn).

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider The PrtScn key copies the entire screen to the clipboard, so you can paste it elsewhere, but there are several modifier keys you can use to change the way this key works. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Windows features several PrtScn variations:

  • Press PrtScn. This copies the entire screen to the clipboard. You can paste the screenshot into any program that displays images, like Paint or Microsoft Word.
  • Press Alt + PrtScn. This copies the active window to the clipboard, which you can paste into another program.
  • Press the Windows key + Shift + S. The screen will dim and the mouse pointer will change. You can drag to select a portion of the screen to capture. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, which you can paste into another program. (This shortcut only works if you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed, called the Windows 10 Creators Update.)
  • Press the Windows key + PrtScn. This saves the entire screen as an image file. You can find it in the 'Pictures' folder, in a subfolder called 'Screenshots.'

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How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 with Snipping Tool

Microsoft includes a much more flexible screenshot utility with Windows 10, called Snipping Tool.

You can use Snipping Tool to grab a screenshot and save it as an image file without first pasting the screenshot into another program.

1. Start the Snipping Tool from the Start menu.

2. In the 'Mode' drop down, choose the kind of screenshot shape you want - you can choose anything from full screen to rectangular to a free-form shape.

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider You can choose the kind of screenshot that Snipping Tool takes with the program's menus. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Click New, and your screen will freeze. You can then use the mouse to create the screenshot. The screenshot will then appear in the Snipping Tool window.

4. If you want to include something like a tooltip, which only appears after a mouse movement, you can specify how long to wait before taking the screenshot using the Delay menu.

5. If you want to, once you've taken your screenshot, you can use the drawing tools to annotate the screenshot.

6. When you're done, click 'File' and then click 'Save As' to save the completed screenshot to your computer.


7. You can also click the copy button in the Snipping Tool window - it looks like two pages laid over one another - to copy the image to your clipboard.

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 with the Game Bar

The Game Bar is an overlay you can use within most Windows games to take screenshots and record video. Here's how to use it:

1. Start a game from the Start menu or the Xbox Console Companion program.

2. While playing the game, press the Windows key + G. The Game Bar overlay should appear.

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider The Game Bar has a screenshot tool that appears as an overlay on top of games. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Click the camera icon to take a screenshot, or you can use the keyboard shortcut: Windows key + Alt + PrtScn.

The screenshot will be automatically saved to the 'Videos' folder in a subfolder called 'Captures.'

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If you're playing a game on Steam, you can also press F11 to take a screenshot. It will be added to your screenshots folder on Steam. Packaging best practices.

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