How to screenshot or print screen on your Windows laptop or desktop PC

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Here’s how to do a screenshot or print screen on your Windows laptop or desktop PC.

A screenshot (also known as a screengrab, screen capture, or print screen) is a snapshot or digital image of whatever is on your display, be it a PC, tablet, or mobile phone. The resulting image is then saved locally on your computer.

Being able to do a screenshot is a vital skill in today’s digital world. Be it for school, office work, or for personal reasons, knowing how to do this quickly will save you time and money.


This tutorial is for those new to using computers, such as young students and maybe even some working professionals. There are different methods you can use, but here, we listed the easiest ways to do it.

How to do a quick screenshot on your PC / computer

There are multiple ways to do a screenshot on your Windows PC. Here, we’re tackling the quickest and easiest ways to do it.

The fastest method to do a screenshot is by pressing the print screen (Prt Scn) key on your laptop or computer keyboard. This takes a screen shot of the whole screen. The method will send an image to your clipboard, which you can then easily paste (Ctrl+v) to your Word documents or PowerPoint presentations. Alternatively, pressing alt + Prt Scn will take a screen shot of your active window.

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Take note that other machines may have different shortcut keys strokes. In some cases, you may need to press Alt+Fn+Prt Scn.

Another method is by pressing the Windows key + Prt Scn keys. In some laptops, the screen will briefly flash to indicate that it has taken screen shot. Here, a PNG image file will be saved in your Pictures folder under Screenshots, for later use.

Snipping Tool

Windows also has a built-in application for screenshots called the Snipping Tool. Its an old program but its quick and easy to use. Personally, this is my preferred method of taking screenshots.

How to screenshot or print screen on your Windows laptop computer

The Snipping Tool app has different snipping modes — Freeform, Rectangular, Window, and Full-screen. After using any of the modes, you can save the screenshot in your PC or you can paste it immediately on your document.

Windows Snipping Tool

In Freeform Snip, you can select whatever it is your going to screenshot. To use, click New, then click and hold the left mouse key and draw a shape around the subject. Release to take the screenshot.

Rectangular Snip is most useful of the modes. It is the same as Freeform, but you’ll be using a square or rectangular selection window to select a part of the screen to screenshot.

Window Snip takes a screenshot of the active window. And Full-screen snip takes a screenshot of the whole screen.

Snip & Sketch

Alternatively, some Windows computers have the Snip & Sketch app, which offers the same functionality as the Snipping Tool. You can also quickly access it by pressing the Windows key + Shift + S without opening the app.

Doing so will open an overlay window with the screenshot controls at the top. Just click and drag the rectangular shape over your subject and it will generate a screenshot.

Use Web Capture on Microsoft Edge Browser

If you’re using Microsoft’s Edge Browser, it has a feature that allows users to quickly screen capture or print screen whatever’s on display called Web Capture. Its quick and easy to use since its baked right in the browser itself.

To access, just right click on an empty area on the browser and choose Web Capture. Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + S to activate it.

You’ll know its active once you have a dark translucent overlay over your browser tab. You have two options on how to go about it: Free Select or Full Page.

In Free Select, you can choose the area you like to screen shot. With your mouse, just right click, hold and then drag the cursor around the part you will screen shot. When you release the mouse button, you have the option to Copy (and then just paste it on your document or where ever) and Add Notes where you can draw or write on the image before you can save it.

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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