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    How to take screenshots on Windows 11

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    In this article you will find a list of all the methods by which you can take a screenshot on Windows 11. There are many methods around to take a screenshot on Windows 11, the simplest is to use the button Print screen on the keyboard.

    Using the Print Screen button, you will capture the entire screen, including all displays if you have more than one, plus all visible windows, the taskbar and the Start button, etc. Once done you can then paste the screenshot into any program that supports image editing.

    However, there are many ways to take a screenshot, depending on what you need to capture and the format in which you intend to save it. Most procedures require you to remember a few keyboard shortcuts, but there is also a tool built into Windows 11 that helps you when you need to take a screenshot.

    How to take screenshots on Windows 11

    This method is super useful if you need to take a lot of screenshots. Just hold down the Windows key and the PrtSc / Print Screen key on your keyboard.

    The full screen screenshot will be saved in the Pictures> Screenshots folder. A quick way to access this folder is to quickly search for the folder: screenshot in the search box on the left side of the left icon at the bottom left on our PC.

    How to capture a part of the screen

    This three button shortcut Win + Shift + S activates a much more useful snipping tool than PrtSc alone. It still allows you to capture the entire screen, but there are also three other techniques you can use.

    After pressing these three buttons together, the screen will go blank and a small menu will appear at the top of the screen. There are four buttons that allow you to take different types of screenshots. Here's how to use them:
    • Rectangular capture: simply draw a box that contains what you want to capture. Use this method essentially to take screenshots of a smaller portion of the screen (and ignore the rest).
    • Freehand figure capture- simply draw a shape that contains what you want to capture. This is useful if Rectangular Capture is too restrictive to capture what you need.
    • Capture window: Captures an image of an open window. This is identical to the rectangular cut but allows you to avoid needing a steady hand to cut out just that window; it will automatically capture only the window without the taskbar, etc.
    • Capture full screen: Press to capture the entire screen. It is identical to using the PrtScr.

    To avoid having to remember this keyboard shortcut every time you need to take screenshots on Windows 11, you can link it to the PrtSc button so that when you press the aforementioned button, this same menu pops up automatically.

    To do this, open the Settings and search Screen capture to change the call option Use the Print button to open the screen capture.

    Delay Screenshot with Capture and Annotate

    Go to the search box in the taskbar and write Capture and annotate to open the app. Taking screenshots of open menus and other areas of Windows can sometimes be difficult if taking the screenshot interrupts the work you were doing.

    Capture and Annotate has an option called “Delay Capture Creation”, it allows you to take a screenshot on Windows 11 hands-free.

    1. With the program open, select the arrow next to New.
    2. There are two options: Capture in 3 seconds and Capture in 10 seconds.
    3. Select one and then quickly prepare the screen as you need for the screenshot.
    4. When the time you configured is finished, the four options mentioned above will be displayed at the top of the screen.

    Tips for capturing the screen in Windows 11

    Once an image is loaded into Capture and Annotate, use the crop tool to further define which part of it you want to save, without having to take the screenshot again.

    If your desktop background includes colors or shapes, it is sometimes shown in the screenshot. You can avoid this by setting the background to all white.

    Create an outline around the screenshots created with Capture & Annotate by opening the app settings and enabling Capture contour. You can choose any border color you like best.

    If the screenshots of the windows need to have a specific height and width, the free Sizer tool can resize the window before taking the screenshot on Windows 11.

    Your questions

    How do I take a screenshot on Windows 10?

    Use the key combination Windows+PrtSc to capture the whole screen or use the Snipping Tool to select a mode, choose the time to delay the screenshot and adjust the settings from the Options box. Another way to take screenshots on Windows 10 is to use the Game Bar by pressing Windows + G and selecting the icon Capture to take the screenshot.

    How can I take screenshots on a Windows 11 laptop / laptop?

    You can use the methods described above, you can take screenshots using keyboard shortcuts or the Capture and Annotate tool. If your laptop assigns more than one function to the PrtSc key, you may need to use the key combination Fn+PrtSc to save images in full screen.

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