Windows 10 Screenshots

By | November 14, 2017
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Windows 10 Screenshots

There are dozens and dozens of Windows programs that make it easy to take screenshots… some free and some not… some really fantastic with a lot of features, others not so hot.

But for Windows 10 users who need to take a quick screenshot who don’t have any 3rd-party screenshot software, it’s easy. Windows 10 has made it dead simple to take screenshots.

First we are going to refer to the print screen key as PrtScr key. Your computer may have it labeled differently, but it will be similar to PrtScr. You should find it on most English keyboards on the top row of the keyboard usually just to the left of the “Delete” key.

All you have to do is press Windows Key + PrtScr key. Voila! You’ll instantly get a picture of whatever was on your screen. And it will be saved automatically in your Pictures folder in a folder called “Screenshots”. It will have a funky name like Screenshot or Screenshot(3). You can rename it, resize it, or leave it.

Taking a screenshot of your Windows 10 lock screen

But what if you want to take a screenshot of your lock screen in Windows 10? Easy as pie, I tells ya. Why would you want to do that? I don’t know… maybe share your Lock Screen with a friend? Complain about Windows advertising? Who knows? Whatever the reason, it’s easy to do.

With the Lock Screen showing, press the PrtScr key. That places the image on your Windows clipboard. You’ll then need to “Paste” the image into your favorite image viewer or image editing program.

If you don’t have one installed, you can use MS Paint. All Windows users have MS Paint [at least through Windows 10 Creators Update]. You can access MS Paint this way… type Paint in the taskbar search and click Paint when it appears in the search results. Or right-click your start button, click Run, type MS Paint into the Run box and press Enter.

Once you have MS Paint open, click the Paste icon in the ribbon.

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What’s my Lock Screen look like? Well, today it looks like this:

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If you want to test taking a screenshot of your Lock Screen and you don’t want to restart your PC, do this:  Press and hold down the Windows Key and press the L key. This locks your PC and shows the Lock Screen. If you use a password or PIN to sign in to Windows you’ll need to enter it to unlock your PC.

If you want to take a screenshot of your desktop, you can do it the same way. Just bring your desktop into focus press the PrtScr key and paste it into Paint or your favorite image editor.

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2 thoughts on “Windows 10 Screenshots

  1. Richard Raszkiewicz

    If you have multiple windows open and want to copy just the current active window (without other windows in the background) if you hold down the Alt Key and press PrtScr, it will copy the current active window to the clipboard and you can Paste (Ctrl+V) that into your document.

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks Richard. Windows 10’s screenshot maker falls far short of a full-featured screenshot program like FastStone Capture. It will suffice in a pinch or if one rarely makes screenshots. I’m glad Microsoft put it there, though. Many people probably don’t make screenshots very often.


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