Learn how to take a screenshot in Windows 11 (Full guide)

All recent versions of Windows have several built-in tools for taking a screenshot. Windows 11 is no exception.

While that means you can easily take a screenshot on your Windows 11 computer using the built-in features. There are several other third-party utilities you can use to take a screenshot.

These utilities offer more useful saving, editing, and annotating functions. Third-party tools are also the only way to take scrolling screenshots in Windows 11, as this feature is not present in Microsoft’s latest operating system.

This article will look at all the methods for taking screenshots on your Windows 11 PC. That includes all screenshot tools that are available by default in Windows 11.

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 11

print screen button on your keyboard

The easiest way to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 PC is to press the “Print Screen” key (often referred to as PrtScr or PrtScn). You will find the Print Screen key in the upper right portion of your keyboard (usually next to the F12 key).

By pressing the Print Screen key, you will take a screenshot of the entire screen, and the image file will be saved to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste this file into a photo editor or Microsoft paint.

Windows key and print screen keystroke combination

Another easy way to take screenshots on your Windows 11 computer is to use the Windows key + Print Screen key combination.

To do this, simultaneously press the Windows key and the Print Screen key on your keyboard. You will notice that the screen dims for a moment and becomes clear again, which means that the screen capture was successful. The image is automatically saved in the “Screenshots” folder in the “Pictures” folder on your computer.

Screenshot folder in Windows 11

ALT key and print screen key combination

While you can take screenshots of the entire desktop with the previous two methods, Windows 11 also allows you to capture only the active window instead of the entire desktop.

You can use the Alt + Print Screen key combination to do that. Like the first method, it also copies the screenshot to the Windows clipboard. That means you then have to paste it into a photo editor app.

Creating screenshots with Windows 11 snipping tool

Several utilities are available in Windows 11 that allow you to take and edit a screenshot by default. The snipping program is one such app.

Click on the magnifying glass in the taskbar, search for “snipping tool ” and click on the result to open the app.

Open snipping tool app in Windows 11

In the snipping tool, you have several modes to choose from. Each mode includes a different method of taking a screenshot.

Snipping tool modes

Rectangle Mode

Using the rectangle mode, you can use the mouse to draw a rectangle on the screen and capture its contents as a screenshot.

Window mode

You can capture a screenshot of a specific open window using window mode. You select the window mode and then click on a window that lights up when you hover over it. Click on it, and a screenshot of the window will be saved.

Full-screen mode

By using full-screen mode, you capture the entire screen as a screenshot. In addition, all outer corners are automatically selected, and everything is saved as a screenshot.

Free form mode

You can draw a free form with the mouse using the free form mode. All content within this free form will be saved as a screenshot.

In some cases, you may want to delay the screenshot by a few seconds. This is useful, for example, if you want to open another window before the screenshot is taken.

Snipping tool take screenshot with delay in seconds

When you are ready to take the screenshot from the app snipping program, click the New button. You can also press the Windows + SHIFT + S key combination to start a snipping.

Take new screenshot with Snipping tool in windows 11

The screen will now darken, and at the top, you can customize the options discussed to create a snipping.

How to edit Screenshots in Windows 11

After creating the screenshot with the snipping program, you can also edit this screenshot. In addition, there are some functions to edit the screenshot directly.

You can edit the screenshot with a ballpoint pen. You can do that with different colors. By clicking on the ballpoint pen icon, you can set the colors and the thickness of the ballpoint pen tip.

It is also possible to highlight parts of the screenshot or text using the highlighter button. Again, by clicking on it, you can change specific settings of the highlighter, such as color and size.

An eraser is also present to undo changes made with a ballpoint pen or highlighter. Another helpful tool is cropping the image. If you use cropping, you cannot resize the image but emphasize one part by cutting out other parts.

Edit and save screenshot using Snipping tool

When you are done, you can copy the screenshot to the clipboard, share it, or save it to your computer in the top right corner.

I hope this has helped you. Thank you for reading!

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