Windows computers have long been equipped with the ability to take screenshots. However, it seems that Microsoft wants to expand our options. Now, we have many ways to take screenshots on Windows computers. We’ll explore them one by one below.
Take a Screenshot of Your Entire Screen
To take a screenshot of your screen, you have the following options:
1. The Snipping Tool
You’ve probably used this tool before. The Snipping Tool utility is the most popular way to take a screenshot of your screen. To use it, input Snipping Tool into the search box. From the search results, click on Snipping Tool to open the utility. Take a snapshot of your screen by clicking New. Drag the cursor to the area you want to capture. Lastly, save the screenshot.
2. Windows Key + Print Screen Button
By pressing the Windows key and the Print Screen button together, you can take a screenshot of your screen and save it to the clipboard. It will also save a screenshot file in the Screenshots folder.
3. Print Screen Button
Pressing the Print Screen button on your keyboard will save a shot of your current screen to the clipboard. To see it, use the paste shortcut (CTRL + V) on Microsoft Paint or Microsoft Word.
Take a Screenshot of an Active Window
If you prefer to take a screenshot of an active window, try any of these methods:
1. ALT + Print Screen
Pressing the ALT and Print Screen buttons together will save a screenshot of an active window to the clipboard. To view this screenshot, use the paste shortcut (CTRL + V) on Microsoft Paint or Microsoft Word.
2. The Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool utility can also be used to take a screenshot of an active window. To do so, enter Snipping Tool into the search box. Click on Snipping Tool from the search results. Hit New to take a snapshot of an active window. Drag the cursor to the area of the active window. Save the screenshot.
It is worth noting, though, that the Snipping Tool can only capture the active window at the forefront. It cannot take a screenshot of a window that is fully or partially hidden.
Take a Screenshot with a Mouse Pointer
Do you want to capture your screen with a mouse cursor? Unfortunately, the screenshot methods above won’t allow you to do so. Even the new Snipping Tool isn’t capable of getting that mouse cursor in the image. So, we listed a few options you can try below:
1. Steps Recorder
The Steps Recorder is a built-in program that allows you to troubleshoot an issue on your computer by recording the exact steps you took when it surfaced. You can then use and send this recording to a technician or to a support professional so they can help diagnose the problem.
Here’s how to use Steps Recorder:
- Input Steps Recorder into the search box.
- Click Steps Recorder from the search results. The Steps Recorder app should now open.
- In the menu bar, click The app will now start capturing your actions.
- To stop the recording, hit A window will then pop up with all the recorded steps.
- Scroll down to locate the screenshot you need. Right-click on it to access the Context
- Hit Save to save the screenshot.
- Give the screenshot a name. Click Save.
- Close Steps Recorder by hitting the X button in the upper-right corner of your screen.
2. Third-Party Apps
If you don’t feel like using the built-in screen recording app of Windows, you can install third-party screen recording apps to take a screenshot of your screen with your mouse cursor.
One of the most popular apps today which you can use to capture an image of your screen with your mouse cursor is IrfanView. This app works as an image viewer, organizer, editor, and converter program for Windows computers. It also plays audio and video files, as well as taking screenshots.
To use it to take screenshots, make sure you have it installed on your computer first. After that, launch the app and go to Options. Go to the menu bar and click Screenshot or Capture. A new window will now open. Select the Desktop Area – Current Monitor (Mouse) option. By default, CTRL + 11 are the hotkeys associated with screen capture. Hit Start to start capturing the screen with your mouse cursor. Hit the hotkeys to capture a screenshot.
Aside from IrfanView, there are other apps you can use to capture the mouse cursor in a screenshot. But they are mostly designed to show only the default look of a cursor. If that is fine with you, try Greenshot.
This app works the same way as IrfanView. Its only advantage is that it lets you move the cursor in the screenshot before you save it.
Before you install any third-party app on your Windows 10 computer, we suggest that you download and install a reliable PC repair tool to get your computer running fast and smooth, even when taking loads of screenshots. This tool can be used to locate unnecessary files, get rid of them, and create more room for new screenshots.
There are many different ways to take a screenshot of your screen. But among all, the Snipping Tool is, by far, the most popular. Not only does it capture active windows and full screens, but it can also be used to take shots in freeform shapes.
Then again, even with its popularity, it still isn’t perfect. It doesn’t have the ability to capture your screen with your mouse cursor on it. This is where third-party apps come in. Although these apps mostly require paid subscriptions, they actually come with loads of interesting features and functions, which are all worth trying. So, if you have some dollars to spare, then third-party apps may be your best and most reliable options.
Which of these screenshot methods do you find easy to use? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.