There are several ways to take a screenshot on Windows 11. Most of the screenshot shortcuts are the same as in Windows 10, but there are some additional screen recording features available only for Windows 11.
Keyboard shortcuts for the print screen
Let’s start with the most obvious method: the Print Screen button (shortened to PrntScrn on some keyboards), which is the dedicated screenshot button on your keyboard.
Full-size keyboards usually have a dedicated key for printing, but smaller keyboards and laptops often use the key for printing as a secondary function elsewhere (usually on the F12 key). In this case you have to press the button. to press “FN” Press the key and the Print Screen key at the same time.
There are several ways to use this key for screenshots, but these are the most common:
- Press Windows key + screen push button to save a picture of what is currently on the screen Images> Screenshots Folder.
- The other standard screenshot technique for Windows is to just press Print screen (or FN + print screen) to copy an image of the current desktop to your clipboard. With the copied screenshot, open any photo editing or word processing app that supports images and paste it (either Right click> Paste, or press Ctrl + V) then save the document.
- Press Alt + print screen to copy a screenshot of only the window or app you are actively using to the clipboard. Make sure you click on the app or folder window you want to record before pressing the shortcut. Remember to paste the screenshot and save it in another program.
- If your keyboard doesn’t have a key to print, the Windows Key + FN + Spacebar The shortcut also copies a screenshot to your clipboard.
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Screen Snipping and Snip & Sketch Tools
In addition to the standard print screen shortcuts, Windows 11 also has two built-in apps that allow you to click and drag to select specific areas for the screenshot: Screen Snipping and Snip & Sketch.
Technically, both apps are integrated into each other; You use Snip & Sketch to take the screenshot, then Snipping Tool to crop, edit, or draw the selection and save it as an image right away. The Snipping Tool menu also includes a capture delay so you can take your screenshot three, five, or 10 seconds later.
The easiest way to get started is to find “Cutting tool” in the start menu and open it from the search results.
Alternatively, you can change the Print Key feature to open the Snipping Tool instead of taking a screenshot. This is done in the settings menu of Windows 11:
- Go to Settings> Accessibility> Keyboard.
- Activate “Use the” Print Screen “button to open the screen section.”
- Close the settings menu, then press “Print screen” to open the snipping tool.
To take a screenshot with the tool when it’s open:
- click “New” from the Snipping Tool popup menu or press “Windows key + Shift + S ” to start a new recording with Snip & Sketch. You can also set up a recording delay if you want.
- A small menu will appear at the top of the screen and your desktop will darken a little.
- The menu contains four icons that change the shape of your snippet: the first icon on the left is a rectangular selection, the second is a “freeform” selection, and the third captures the currently selected app or folder window (like Alt + Print Screen ). , and the rightmost icon is a full screen capture (like pressing the Print Screen key or the Windows key + Print Screen).
- Click the type of selection you want, then click and drag to select the portion of the screen that you want to save as a screengrab.
- The image will open in the Snipping Tool menu. There are several editing options including pen tools, image cropping, and other adjustments that you can use if necessary.
- Press the “Save on computer” Icon to save the image in Images> Screenshots Folder.
You can also use Snip & Sketch without the Snipping Tool (I know it’s confusing):
- Press Windows Key + Shift + S at no time do you use the Snipping Tool to open Sketch & Snip instead. This will skip the Snipping Tool menu for setting delay timers and take you straight to the Screengrab menu.
- After you’ve taken the screenshot, it will be copied to your clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere and save it.
- You can also click the pop-up notification to open your screenshot in the Snipping Tool so you can edit it and save it as an image.
Between the numerous keyboard shortcuts and the built-in Snipping Tool and the Sketch & Snip apps, there are numerous methods of taking a screenshot on Windows 11 … at least for now. Windows 11 is still in beta, so there is always a chance that some of these methods could change, merge, or disappear, or add new screenshot options, in later versions of the operating system. In that case, we will definitely update this guide.
[How to Geek]