A screenshot is a useful tool to explain complex issues. As is well known, a picture is worth a thousand words. And we at MUO have to take a lot of screenshots to make sure our articles are as easy to understand as possible.
Whether it's a screenshot of the entire screen or just the screen clip of a specific area, there are numerous options available to you. In this article, we are going to cover the different ways to take screenshots in Windows 11.
The Snipping Tool is a free built-in tool first introduced by Microsoft in 2002 as PowerToy, a suite of free utilities for Windows power users. A lightweight program with a minimalist design, this is the best built-in app when you are in a rush and want to "cut out" a quick screenshot of a specific area.
To record your screen with the Snipping Tool, navigate to Start menu Search bar, enter "snipping tool" and choose the best match.
The Snipping Tool app will start. Now click on New, and you will be taken to the screenshot overlay.
At the top of the Snipping Tool overlay, you'll see different ways to take your screenshots: Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, Full Screen Snip, and more.
Choose your preferred screenshot method, select the area you want to capture and let go of the cursor. Your screenshot will be taken successfully.
On the main screen of the app, you also have a function to delay your screenshot. Navigate to Time before snip Option (clock icon), click No delay, and you will be presented with a drop-down menu with several options to choose from.
2. Use keyboard shortcuts
If you don't want to launch a tool every time you want to take a screenshot, try one of these keyboard shortcuts for a faster time.
Take a screenshot with the PrtSc button
If you want to quickly and easily take a screenshot, press the PrtSc key. TThat's it – a screen portion of your entire Windows 11 will be captured. Note, however, that PrtSc simply captures the image and saves it to the clipboard instead of saving it as a PNG screenshot image.
This method is useful when you want to attach a screenshot image to an email or edit the image first before saving it.
And if you want to convert that image into a real screenshot, you have to first open an image editing app, paste the screenshot there, and then save it.
Take a screenshot with Win + PrtSc
Use this shortcut if you want to cut out the entire Windows 11 screen. Just press the Windows key along with PrtSc, and as with all Windows screenshots, when you are done you can find the screenshots in the pictures Folder within the Screenshots Folder.
Use Alt + PrtSc to capture the current window
If you want multiple tabs and programs open on your screen, the above methods of cropping the entire screen may not be a suitable method for you. At least not if you are looking for that particular effect on your own.
To work around this problem, you can use the Alt + PrtSc Abbreviation. This way, instead of opening multiple tabs on your screen, you only get the screenshot of an active window.
3. Take screenshots with the Xbox Game Bar
Xbox Game Bar is another free tool from Microsoft that was introduced back in 2016 along with the Vista update.
Although Microsoft originally introduced the tool to help gamers record their gameplay, they also added a lack of additional features, including screenshot capabilities.
To begin, press the Win + G. This will open the Game Bar overlay on your screen. Alternatively, you can also use & # 39; Game Bar & # 39; in the Start menu Search bar and select the best match there.
From there navigate to the Seize Section in the upper left corner and click on that Take a screenshot Option (the camera icon); Your screenshot will be taken and you will also receive a notification on the right side of your screen notifying you of this.
By default, the screenshot is saved in the Videos / Captures folder.
4. Take screenshots with third party apps
As good as the screenshot tools built into Windows are, sometimes good is not enough. Fortunately, however, Windows users aren't short of handy third-party options. Here we focus on two open source apps: ShareX and GIMP.
ShareX was first released as a free, open source screenshot tool for Windows computers in October 2007. Since then, it has slowly and steadily gained popularity. In fact, we even covered it in our article on the Best Windows Screenshots Apps a while ago.
We covered the features in detail in the guide above, so let's just stick with setting up the app and taking your first screenshot.
First, go to the official ShareX website, download and install the app from there.
When you start the app, you will find various shortcuts in the main menu that cut out your computer according to your choice and requirements.
On the left you will find several settings to try out. For example, if you click Tools, you will find a variety of editing options to choose from: color picker, screen color picker, image editing, etc.
There is also an option of After capture taskswhich allows you to preset the things you want to do with your screenshot after taking it.
Would you like to save the file or would you prefer to save it to a clipboard? Or maybe you'd rather open the image in an editor rather than save it at all?
You can do all of this and more right from the ShareX main menu.
GNU Image Manipulation Program, short for GIMP, is another free, open source app that lets you take screenshots in Windows 11. While it's often touted as an editing tool due to its demonstrably advanced features, you can't go wrong setting it up as your default screenshot method, especially if the editing suits your needs.
If you want to learn more about editing with the GIMP, check out our guide to getting started with GIMP editing.
To get started with GIMP, go to the GIMP Downloads section to download and install the app.
Now start the app and navigate to in the main menu File> Create> Screenshot.
In the next window, select the settings you want and click on Grab it.
Also, make sure that you've only delayed the screenshot for a few seconds. That way, you can switch screens and open the window that you actually want to record. Otherwise, you will get a screenshot of the GIMP app itself.
If everything looks good, you can save the screenshot from File> Export As, select a location, set the image name and type, and click Export. Your screenshot will be saved successfully.
Taking screenshots in Windows 11
Screenshots are useful when you need to explain a difficult topic to your audience. Be it a Windows error, a reference for a presentation or something similar, a screenshot immediately provides the picture of what you want to say, which otherwise could consist of several paragraphs of text.
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Shaant is a staff writer at MUO. As a graduate in computer applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex technology in plain English. When he's not researching or writing, he can enjoy a good book, run, or hang out with friends.
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