In this article we are going to teach you How To Take Screenshots On Windows 10, 8.1 And 7. Screenshot can be used to take a picture and save it in the system. In personal computers that have Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 installed on them, they have built-in tools to take screenshots and save them in the system. From the past until now, using screenshots is a quick way to communicate ideas and images.

Introducing Common Methods to Take a Screenshot

In the following, we will introduce the important methods of taking screenshots from the desktop screen and explain how to use each one:

– Take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool

– Take a screenshot of the entire screen using keyboard shortcuts

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How to open the Snipping Tool in Windows 7 or 10

First, to use the tool, click the Windows Start button and then type Snipping Tool in the search box that appears and click on the Snipping Tool icon to run the program.

How to open Snipping Tool in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, go to the bottom right corner of the screen and click on Search, then type Snipping Tool in the search field that appears and select it.

How To Take Screenshot Using the Snipping Tool

In Windows 7, 8.1, 10 operating systems, there is a built-in program for taking screenshots called Snipping tool, which can capture all or part of your computer screen. Among the things we can do with the help of this tool are the following:

Full-screen Snip: This mode takes a picture of the entire screen and is also known as a Windows screenshot:

How To Take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool

Rectangular Snip: This mode gives you a cursor that you have to drag around your screen to capture the rectangular area:

How To Take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool

Free-form Snip: This mode allows you to draw a free-form shape around an object:

How To Take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool

Window Snip: This tool allows you to select your preferred dialogue box or part of a window e.g then browser that you want to capture:

How To Take a screenshot using the Snipping Tool


Now when using Windows 7, press the Esc key before opening the menu, then press the Ctrl+PrtSc keys. This command takes the entire screen including the open menu. Now select the drop-down arrow next to snipping mode and click on Window Snip option. The mouse pointer will appear with a hand icon, then point to the desired menu to take a screenshot.

How to Save a Screenshot in Snipping Tool

Now, at this stage, after taking the screen, press the save button and then in the Save As dialog box, type the name of the desired file and select Save.

How to take a screenshot in Snipping Tool

How To Take a Screenshot of the Entire Screen Using Keyboard Shortcuts

In this method, first on the keyboard, press the fn+PrintScreen (PrtSc) key to take a screenshot of your current page, which is automatically saved in the OneDrive images folder. Also, if you want to paste it into a Microsoft Word document or a blank document in any editing program, press Ctrl+V to paste it into an image editor or into a blank Microsoft Word document:

How To Take a screenshot of the entire screen using keyboard shortcuts

Currently, Windows 10 devices can used to take a screenshot with the help of another combination. Now for those with fn keyboards, press Windows key+fn+PrtSc key to automatically save the screenshot to the Photos folder instead of putting it in an empty document:

How To Take a screenshot of the entire screen using keyboard shortcuts

How to Save Screenshot to the Pictures Folder of OneDrive

If you press Windows key+fn+PrtScn button, the screenshot will saved directly to the Pictures folder without placing it anywhere else, and Alt+Fn+PrtScn will also do the same and similarly save the screenshot to the OneDrive Pictures folder. If Windows 10 is installed on the system with the help of OneDrive, you have an easy way to take and save screenshots in the cloud. By pressing fn+PrtScn, OneDrive will display a notification that the screenshot is saving in the following folder:

C:\Users\account_name\OneDrive\ Pictures\Screenshots


In this article, you learned how to take a screenshot in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. With the help of the methods mentioned in this article, you can easily take the screenshot you want. We hope this article was useful for you.