How to take a desktop screenshot on Windows 8 / 8.1

In Windows 8 or Windows 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 8.

Take a desktop screenshot on Windows 8

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 8 is not saving captured Screenshots in Pictures folder.

2] Using PrtScr key

If you simply press the PrtScn key, the screen will captured and saved to your clipboard. You can then paste it wherevr 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 8 / 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 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 3.

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 with someone. It will not directly save the screenshot in any folder.

Open the Charms bar and click on Share. You will 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.


Clicking on the app will take a screenshot of the 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 8, these free software offer many more options and feature.

Go here if you need to find out how to take screenshots of Logon Screen & Lock Screen in Windows 8.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • raha

    hi,i cant find ‘winkey’!
    my lap-top model is ‘x550lc’
    please help me.

  • Anand Khanse

    WinKey is the key which has the Windows flag on it.

  • raha

    Thanks so much:)

  • barbara greene mann

    Hi Anand
    you have good answers but they are over my head, at the moment. I opened a small picture and even found the snippet tool, cut etc. it said to save, exit, so I hit close and all my cuts went away.
    Next how do I put it somewhere else. Thanks

  • Anand Khanse

    You will find the pictures saved here: C:Users/Pictures. Let me know if you do.



  • Anand Khanse

    It depends on how your BIOS has been configured. :)

  • Kuya

    Thank Obama xD

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