How to Take a Screenshot Using a Windows PC

You can take a screenshot of your entire screen in Windows by pressing the Print Screen key and pasting the screenshot in Paint. Alternatively, save a screenshot of a window or screen area by using the Snipping Tool in Windows 8 or 7.

Using the Print Screen Key

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Press the Print Screen key to save a screenshot of the entire screen.

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Launch Paint by typing Paint in your Windows Start Screen or Menu and selecting the application from the list of results. Press Ctrl+V to paste your screenshot in the blank image Paint automatically creates upon launch.

Screenshot of Microsoft Word pasted into Paint.
Resize the screenshot by clicking the Resize & Skew icon in the Image group.
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Save your screenshot by clicking File and selecting Save. Name the file and select a suitable file format from the drop-down menu. Finally, click the Save button.

File menu open with Save option highlighted.
Click Send in Email to send the screenshot using your default email application.
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Using the Snipping Tool

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Launch the Snipping Tool by opening your Start Menu or Start Screen, typing Snipping in the search box and selecting the program from the search results.

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Click New and select the screen area you want to capture by dragging a rectangle box around it.

Snipping Tool window with New button highlighted.
Snipping Tool
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Click the Save icon to save your screenshot.

Snipping Tool screenshot window with Save icon highlighted.
Write notes or highlight sections of your screenshot by using the Pen or Highlighter tools.
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