Sometimes you may want to capture the screen of your laptop or desktop to save a picture of a website or a new app to show to other people. Like previous versions, Windows 11 includes several ways to take screenshots. You can capture all or part of the screen, write or comment on the screenshot, copy it to the clipboard or share it directly without any problems. In addition, we have third-party tools for capturing screenshots with more convenience and features. Here are some quick and easy ways to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 computer.
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How to take a screenshot on Windows 11
There are several ways you can take screenshots on Windows 11. You can use the built-in crop tool, the traditional Print Screen method, the Web Capture feature in Microsoft Edge, and more. All methods are described in detail below.
Method 1 – Take screenshots using the crop tool
Windows 10 had two different screenshot tools: Snipping Tool i Snip & Sketch. On Windows 11, both of these classic apps have been replaced by a new cropping tool that offers the best of both apps.
Here’s how you can use the new crop tool to take a screenshot on Windows 11:
- Open up Start menu on your computer.
- Look for “Cutting Tool” here.
- Click on Snipping Tool from search results.
- When the window opens, click New to enter the screen capture mode.
- Now select the area you want to capture with the cursor.
- When you release the cursor, it will take a screenshot of the selected area.
When you use the crop tool, you will see the different ways to take screenshots, shown below. You can choose any based on your requirements.
- Rectangle: Selected by default. Use it to take a screenshot of a rectangular area.
- Free form: Select and take a screenshot of the irregular area with the mouse.
- Windows: Take screenshots of a specific window or on-screen menu.
- Full screen: Capture a full screen image quickly.
When done, it will open in a separate editing window where you can draw, save or share a screenshot. To save a screenshot, tap Save button in the upper right corner. Then give it a name, select the desired location, select the file type and click Save.
Quickly start the cropping tool using Win + Shift + S
It can be tedious to open the crop tool every time you want to take a screenshot of your computer. Instead, you can use Win + Shift + S shortcut to open the cutting tool. This will take you directly to the screenshot overlay screen, where you can select the area to capture.
Method 2 – Capture the entire screen using the Print Screen on Windows 11
Print Screen is one of the traditional ways to take screenshots on Windows devices. All you have to do is open the screen you want to capture. Then tap PrtSc button on your keyboard. Print Screen will quickly capture and copy the screenshot to your clipboard.
You can then attach the image to an email, edit it in the image editing software before it is saved, or paste it directly and share it in instant messaging apps like Telegram.
Because this method does not automatically save a screenshot to your computer, you will need to paste it into any image editing application and then save it to your device. OR then paste it into Microsoft Word right-click on the imagee> Save as picture to download it.
Set the PrtSc Key to the Open Snipping Tool
You didn’t like the Print Screen method, but still want the convenience of taking screenshots with one click on your Windows 11 computer? Well, you can set the PrtSc key to open the crop tool instead of capturing the entire screen directly. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the Start menu and select Settings. Alternatively, you can press Victory + I.
- Touch Accessibility in the sidebar on the left.
- Click on Keyboard and scroll down to “On-screen keyboard, access keys, and print screen.”
- Enable the switch here for Use the Print screen button to open the screen clipping.
Below, pressing the PrtSc key will take you to the overlay of the crop tool screenshot, where you can take and save the screenshot.
Method 3 – Capture, automatically save screenshots using Win + PrtSc
This is really the fastest way to capture the full screen on your Windows 11 device. Instead of just pressing the PrtSc key, press Win + PrtSc on your keyboard. It will capture the entire screen and automatically save the screenshot.
You can access all saved screenshots later Pictures > Screenshots.
Method 4 – Take a screenshot using Web Capture in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is the default browser on Windows 11. Interestingly, it comes with a handy feature called Web Capture to capture anything on the screen while you browse the internet. If you want to save an image of all or part of the screen while browsing, follow the steps below.
- Open Microsoft Edge and go to the page you want to take a screenshot of.
- Click here menu with three points in the upper right corner.
- Touch Web Capture and select whether you want to capture the entire screen or a specific area. You can also switch it by pressing CTRL + Shift + S.
- When you take a full-page screenshot, it will give you options to draw / note and save the screenshot.
- While, to capture area-specific, you can tap Copy to save it to the clipboard, or select Markup to draw a screenshot and then save it to your disk.
This method will only work for taking screenshots inside the Microsoft Edge window.
Method 5 – Automatically capture, save screenshots using the game bar
The Xbox Game Bar is another built-in utility on Windows 11 with the ability to take screenshots. Although it was originally designed to capture screenshots and videos while playing, you can use it to capture anything, as shown below.
- Open up Start menu and look for “Xbox”.
- Click on Xbox Game Bar from search results. Alternatively, you can press Victory + G.
- The game bar overlay will appear on your screen.
- Click on Capture to open the screenshot menu.
- Then tap Camera icon to take a screenshot.
You can also press Win + Alt + PRtSc to take a screenshot. When you’re done, a small pop-up will appear labeled “Screenshot saved.”
Where to view saved screenshots?
By default, images will be automatically saved to Videos > He records. You can directly access this folder from Settings > Gaming > He records > Open the folder.
Change the save location for screenshots
To change where screenshots are stored, use File Explorer to move the Snapshots folder wherever you want on your computer. Game Bar will continue to store screenshots in that folder, wherever you place it.
Method 6 – Take screenshots using third-party applications
In addition to the built-in methods listed above, you can also use third-party applications to capture screens on your Windows 11 device. Some of the popular ones are listed below.
1. ShareX- For advanced users
ShareX is a free open source screenshot tool that works well on the latest Windows 11. It is a full-fledged application that allows you to take screenshots full screen, a specific window, a specific part of the screen or even a different monitor.
After you take a screenshot, you can edit it with options for highlighting, highlighting, adding text, blurring, pixeling, adding labels, and more.
The tool also packs a Scrolling Capture function to take scrolling screenshots, followed by screen capture i OCR text capture. Furthermore, you can configure it to perform load tasks each time you take a screenshot automatically.
Download ShareX for Windows (free)
2. GreenShot – For basic users
GreenShot is a fairly simple, lightweight, and easy-to-use application for taking basic screenshots on Windows. Once installed, it will run in the system tray.
Whenever you want to take a screenshot, open it from the system tray menu or press the set shortcuts and select a screen capture option. Using it, you can take a screenshot of a full screen, a specific window, or a region.
You can also explore other options in Settings such as the delay in taking screenshots, whether to take a mouse cursor, image quality, and more. Although Greenshot is a relatively old app that hasn’t had updates since 2017, it works well on the latest Windows 11.
Download GreenShot for Windows (free)
How do you take screenshots on Windows 11?
These were some handy ways to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 computer. I hope this saves you time and effort while trying to take a screenshot on your laptop or desktop. Of all things, I usually rely on the Snipping Tool to cut the screen. Anyway, which of the above methods do you prefer to capture the screen on your computer? Do you have anything else to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.
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