How to take Screenshots on Windows 10/8 using PrntScr key

In Windows 10/8.1, you can press Win+PrntScr to take a snapshot of your screen and save it into the Screenshots folder of your Pictures library. In this post, we will see several ways on how to take a desktop screenshot on Windows.

Take a screenshot on Windows 10

You can take a screenshot on Windows 10 –

  • Using PrtScr key to capture & save to clipboard
  • Pressing WinKey+PrntScr to capture the whole screen and save it as a file
  • Using Alt+PrntScr to take a screenshot of any one active window
  • Using WinKey+Volume down keys on Windows tablets
  • Using Snipping Tool
  • Using freeware.

Let us take a look at them in details.

1] Using WinKey + PrntScr

To capture the whole screen at once, you need to just press WinKey+PrntScr or WinKey+Fn+PrntScr key combination on the hardware keyboard. While capturing screenshots, your laptop will dim, and then you can find the screenshot captured in the User/Pictures/Screenshots folder. Check this post if you find that for some reason your Windows is not saving captured Screenshots in the Pictures folder.

2] Using PrtScr key

If you simply press the PrtScn key, the screen will be captured and saved to your clipboard. You can then paste it wherever you want, like Paint, Word document, etc. To take a screenshot of any one window, click the window to make it active and press Alt+PrntScr. You can now paste it anywhere you want.

3] No PrntScr button? Try the WinKey+Volume down keys on Windows / Surface tablet!

In case your Windows 8 tablet or Surface does not have a PrntScr key, you can press WinKey + Volume down hardware buttons on the tablet, together at the same time, you will find the screenshot captured and saved in your Pictures/Screenshots folder. You can read more at how to take screenshots of Desktop in Surface Pro.

4] Using Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool also lets you take out full-screen snips. Simply open the Snipping Tool, click on Win+PrntScr and select the whole desktop. You can see some great Snipping Tool tips here; I am sure you will like.

5] Using Share charm

Windows 8.1 also adds the ability to take a screenshot from the Share charm. But this is useful, only if you want to share with someone. It will not directly save the screenshot in any folder.

Open the Charms bar and click on Share. You will have the option to share the screenshot to some of your Windows Store apps which support this feature. If you need to mail the screenshot, you can select Mail, for instance.

how to take a screenshot on windows 10

Clicking on the app will take a screenshot of the desktop or the active app.

6] Using third-party freeware

There are also some cool free Screen Capture software for Windows, like Windows Screen Capture Tool, that you may want to check out.


Apart from letting you take a desktop screenshot on Windows, these free software offer many more options and feature.

BONUS TIP: This post shows how to take a screenshot of Lock Screen & Login Screen in Windows 10.

Go here if you need to find out how to take screenshots of Logon Screen & Lock Screen in Windows. See how to add a Device frame to a screenshot.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.