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How To Screenshot in Windows 10

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It’s either this or take a crummy picture with your phone.

As you use your computer, there may come a time where you want to save an image you’ve come across, whether that be something important like a security report, or something harmless like a sleepy dog picture. Normally, this is as simple as right clicking and clicking “Save As,” but what do you do if the image is in some unreadable format, or worse, not even a clickable image? It’s simple: you take a screenshot. Taking screenshots feels like it should be pretty straightforward, but a lot of folks actually don’t know how to do it. Well, sit down and shut up, ’cause you’re about to.

The simplest way to take a screenshot is to use your Print Screen key. Find a key on your keyboard that says “PrtSc;” that’s the Print Screen key. To take a screenshot of your entire screen, simply hold down the Windows key (that’s the one on your lower left with the Windows logo on it) and press Print Screen. Your screen should dim for a moment, and then you’ll have a screenshot on your clipboard, where it can be pasted into text or whatever. Also, whenever you use this macro, the image will be saved in a folder under “Images” titled “Screenshots,” so you can find it there if you need it again later.

What if the entire screen is too much, though? Easy, just use the Snip & Sketch app. Snip & Sketch is an updated version of Windows’ old Snipping Tool, but it serves the same purpose, allowing you to take selective captures of your screen. Just open Snip & Sketch from your start menu and click “New” on the top left. You can also press the Windows Key, Shift, and S together if you want to snip without opening Snip & Sketch. When you start a snip, the screen will dim, and you can highlight a square section. When you’ve highlighted, your snip will appear in the Snip & Sketch window, at which point you can save it by clicking the Save icon in the top right. While you’re saving, you can also change the file type; choose JPEG if you want a smaller file size, or PNG if you want something higher resolution.