How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 11

Taking a screenshot is a handy feature every Windows PC possesses. Even though it’s not as simple as taking a screenshot on a cell phone, it’s still pretty straightforward. Moreover, there are a couple of ways of doing so in Windows 11.

How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 11

This article will walk you through all the different methods you can try to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 PC.

How to Take a Screenshot of the Whole Screen in Windows 11

The simplest way to take a screenshot of the whole screen is to use the PrtSc button. The PrtSc is located at the top of your keyboard. When you press the PrtSc key on your keyboard, Windows will save the screenshot to your clipboard, but you won’t be notified that it’s been taken. A full-screen image of the screenshot may be seen by pasting it into a text editor such as Microsoft Word or Paint or even into the body of an email using Ctrl+V.

When you press the Windows+PrtSc keys, you can take a snapshot of your whole desktop and save it to a folder on your computer, much like the first option. Your screen will flash if you press the keys correctly and save the snapshot. You can find the screenshot in “Pictures” then “Screenshots.”

It’s also possible to use PrtSc in conjunction with OneDrive to save a copy of your screenshot as an image file. This is a simple solution to spare you from having to launch an app and paste it from the clipboard.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. On the taskbar, right-click the OneDrive cloud icon.
  2. Take a look at the “Backup tab” in “Settings” and click the “Manage sync settings” to save screenshots to OneDrive. This option will change the place where the screenshots were taken with the PrtSc key.

Using an image app or pasting from the clipboard is no longer necessary. A photo is instead saved to the OneDrive folder of your choosing. Every device that can access OneDrive may be used to access this file.

How to Take a Screenshot of a Part of Your Screen in Windows 11

You can take a partial screenshot with Windows 11. This is handy since not everyone wants to snap a screenshot of their whole screen every time. A little Snipping Tool menu will pop up at the top of the screen when you press Win + Shift + S. The pop up will give you some options:

  • Snip a rectangle.
  • A freeform snip: you may draw whatever shape around the subject you wish to capture.
  • Snip a specific window
  • Screenshot the entire display with Fullscreen Snip (just like PrtSc).

As with the PrtSc key choice, after the screenshot is captured, Windows will save it to your clipboard. Afterward, you may copy and paste it somewhere and take a look at it. To adjust the snapshot, click the “Snipping Tool preview” at the bottom of the screen. You can rotate, crop, or edit the screenshot and save it to your desktop.

With the Snipping Tool, you can also snap screenshots that are delayed. It’s possible to postpone your snapshot for three, five, or 10 seconds.

How to Take a Delayed Screenshot in Windows 11

Windows 11 has the Snipping Tool built-in with the operating system. It can be found by searching in the search bar. You just need to open the app to take a screenshot.

Here’s how you can take a delayed screenshot using this tool:

  1. Click on the “New” option in Snipping Tool.
  2. A small Snipping Tool menu will be displayed. Here, select from a few different snips. Snipping Tool Full Version allows you to choose from the different snipping modes (rectangular, freeform, window, and fullscreen).
  3. Postpone the snipping by selecting a timer. You can select a delay time of three, five, or 10 seconds. As a result, you’ll be able to set everything up for your screenshot before shooting it, which may be easier than doing it manually.
  4. To capture a delayed screenshot, all you have to do is hit Win+Shift+S.
  5. Click on the screenshot preview to make any changes or save the shot as a PNG, JPEG, or another format on your computer.

Instead of copying the picture to the clipboard, you can configure the PrtSc key to open the Snipping Tool. You can set this up by following these steps:

  1. Open “Settings” and go to “Accessibility.”
  2. Select “Keyboard.”
  3. Toggle on the “Use the Print Screen Button to Open Screen Snipping.”

Use a Third-Party App

There are many third-party apps like SnagIt. Even though apps like this do the same thing as the PrtSc key, the additional features make them very useful. SnagIt may also capture a video of screen activity, window scrolling, and visuals like arrows.

Use the Game Bar

The Game bar may be accessed by pressing Windows Key–G. There is a camera icon in the Capture window from here. Your snapshot is saved under your user folder in the Videos/Captures subfolder when you do this. In the Windows Settings app, you have the option of altering the default destination folder. If you prefer not to use the Game bar, you may use the Windows Key–Alt–PrtSc shortcut.

Screenshot Away

Windows 11 has several options to screenshot your screen however you want. This makes it easy to share the content of your screen with others. After saving the screenshot, you can send it the same way as a picture. However, if you’re sharing it with a group of many people, check if the screenshot reveals any important personal information. If so, edit anything out that could be abused before sharing a screenshot.

Have you ever taken a screenshot on Windows 11? How often do you use the screenshot options? Do you prefer third-party apps? Let us know in the comments section below.

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