How to Include the Mouse Cursor in a Windows 10/11 Screenshot

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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

The Snipping Tool utility is the most popular way to take a screenshot of your screen

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.

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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.

For Windows 11 users, the older Snipping Tool is combined with the excellent Snip & Sketch tool from Windows 10, eliminating the confusion surrounding the previous screenshot tool in Windows. The combined screen-shooter for Windows 11 can be accessed by pressing Windows Key+Shift+S. This keyboard shortcut gives you the option to take a screenshot using a rectangular selection, freehand selection, window, or full-screen capture.

3. Using the Game Bar

Press the Windows Key+G buttons to access the Game bar

The Game bar can be accessed by pressing the Windows Key+G buttons. From there, a camera icon can be found in the Capture window. In a somewhat counterintuitive way, by tapping that, your screenshot is saved to the Videos/Captures folder under your main user folder. In the primary Windows Settings app, you can modify the target folder. (Alternatively, to avoid opening the Game bar, press the Windows Key+Alt+PrtScn shortcut.)

4. Use the Volume Buttons on Surface Tablets

Unless you have a keyboard attached, taking screenshots on Surface tablets differs from doing so on a PC. There is no PrtSc key on the on-screen touch keyboard.

To take a screenshot on the Surface Pro 8 and the majority of its predecessors, simultaneously press the Volume Up and Power buttons. You risk turning off the screen if you don’t press the buttons at the same time.

The same thing happens when you take a picture in this manner: the image is saved to your Pictures>Screenshots folder.

Older Surface tablets required you to simultaneously press the power button and a hardware Windows button, and some used the Fn+Windows Key+Spacebar combination on their attached keyboards. If you have a less well-known tablet model, you might need to experiment or look up the documentation. On the Dell Latitude tablet, you press the Power button and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. Additionally, opening the Snipping Tool on a Surface Pen requires double-tapping the Back button.

Take a Screenshot with a Mouse Pointer on Windows 11

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

Use Windows 11’s Steps Recorder app to get mouse cursor in an image

If you’re using Windows 11, you can use Windows 11’s Steps Recorder app. With Steps Recorder, a built-in Windows app, as well as many other third-party apps, you can take excellent screenshots that include the mouse cursor. Any of the apps requires a few extra steps beyond what a standard screenshot would require in order to take a screenshot that also includes the mouse cursor. Let’s look at how Steps Recorder can take screenshots.

Windows 11’s Steps Recorder enables you to take screenshots of the actions you take and send them to Microsoft or another technician to describe any problems (if any) your PC is currently experiencing. It can help us get the screenshots we want with the mouse cursor included.

  1. To begin, click the Start button and type “Steps Recorder” into the search bar. Launch it. You will see a tiny Steps Recorder window. To start taking screenshots, click Start Record.
  2. Click on Stop Record once you have finished taking the desired screenshot.
  3. The list of screenshots will appear as Recorded Steps. To save them into a file, click the Save button and choose a location.
  4. The screenshots or recorded steps will now be saved in the location you specified as a zip folder. After the folder has been unzipped, double-click the .mht file to start it up. Internet Explorer will open the file.
  5. Browse the page, right-click the desired screenshot, and then choose Save picture as from the menu. Select a location for the file to be saved, then do so.
  6. The location you select will be used to store the screenshot with the mouse cursor you want to save.

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.

IrfanView

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.

Greenshot

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.

Share X

One of the well-liked choices for taking a screenshot of the mouse cursor on Windows is ShareX. You can schedule and edit screenshots using ShareX, a free and open-source screen capture program that comes with a wealth of practical tools.

Aside from the tools included for taking screenshots, ShareX also comes with useful tools like a color picker, a ruler, and even a decoder/encoder for QR codes. In contrast to the other apps on this list, ShareX also has a screen recording feature.

You can also include the mouse cursor in your captures with ShareX. In actuality, this function is turned on by default. To modify ShareX’s mouse cursor settings:

  1. Launch ShareX, then select Task settings.
  2. Make sure that the first option, Show cursor in screenshots, is enabled by clicking on Capture.

Next, you have a few choices for taking a screenshot with ShareX. After launching ShareX, select Capture. Depending on the region and method of capture, there are many options here. Select the option that best suits your needs, and then start taking screenshots. The ShareX keyboard shortcuts can also be used to take a screenshot.

Before you install any third-party app on your Windows 10/11 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.

Summary

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.

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