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Taking A Screenshot

Screenshots are very helpful for troubleshooting or explaining things. Methods 1 and 3 will work with most versions of Windows but 2 just on the more recent.


1. The Old method


First way is the classic PrtScn key. Press it anywhere and the screenshot of current window is saved in the clipboard. Want to save it in file? It will take some extra clicks. Open paint (or any other image editing app) and hit CTRL+V.


2. Keyboard shortcut “Windows key + PrtScn key”


This method was introduced in Windows 8. Pressing Windows key with PrtScn will save the screenshot directly in Screenshots folder inside User’s Pictures directory, in .png format. No more opening paint and pasting. A real time saver.


3. Shortcut “Alt key + PrtScn key”


This shortcut will take the screenshot of the currently active or currently selected window. This way you don’t need to crop up the part (and re-size it).


4. The Snipping Tool


Snipping Tool was introduced in Windows 7, and available in Widows 10 as well. It has many features such as marking, annotating and sending via email. These features are just fine for occasional screenshots, but for a heavy user, these features aren’t enough. So you can further tweak the tool using the options shown in the screenshot.


5. 3rd Party software


Till now, we talked about the inbuilt options. But the truth is external apps are much superior in this aspect. They have more features and intuitive UIs. I cannot crown any one app as best as users’ preferences difer greatly. Some options are Skitch, Snagit and Jing. As for their usability, they are all good and entirely depend on personal preference.

Credit : Gadgetry 101