Screenshot on Windows 10

Screen Shot on Windows 10

How to take a screenshot without any extra software

  • Pressing Windows key + Shift + S will bring up the Snip & Sketch App
  • Pick from the 4 choices – Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Windows Snip, or Fullscreen Snip
  • Click on what you want to screen shot
  • Use the Notification Area in Windows 10 to view, edit and save your screen shot.

Although you can still use the Print Screen button to take a screenshot of everything you can see across all monitors, or Alt + Print Screen to take a screenshot, this will purely add that image to the clipboard. You’ll then need to paste it somewhere to have a copy of it to work with and save.

Originally, Windows 10 had the Snipping Tool (and at the time of writing, it’s still there), but for a while, Snipping Tool has has this notice advising that it will be replaced by Snip & Sketch. If you have Windows 10 1607 or later, you have Snip & Sketch.

Once you’ve taken a screenshot, it will immediately be available on the clipboard too, so you’re able to paste it straight into a document, email or anywhere else that will accept clipboard images.

You can also just launch Skip & Sketch to then use the ‘New’ button, or the drop down arrow to trigger a delayed snip in 3 or 10 seconds time.

Also, if you’re wondering – is it ‘Screen Shot’ or ‘Screenshot’ – both are acceptable according to

13 thoughts on “Screenshot on Windows 10

  1. This information is false. There is NO subfolder in my PICTURES folder called SAVED SCREENSHOTS or SCREENSHOTS. When I press the print screen key there is nothing put into my WORDS clipboard which is the only place I know of to find a clipboard. It would be nice if things worked the way you say they do…

    1. As a 73 year old retired vet, I have used Snipping Tool for five years. Unlike the MS”Prnt Scrn”, It “Captures” any and everything that comes across my pc and laptop monitors in Windows. It will “Capture”/ Freeze Frame all videos and movies which comes in handy for home movie projects. It easily “Captures” jpgs, gifs and even makes great jpgs of text documents. As with saving Word documents, and anything else to storage, I ALWAYS do it as a SAVE AS, That assures me that the Saved item goes to the folder I choose and not to a Default folder[i.e. Screenshot] which can be difficult to find. We’ve got to be smarter than the technology.
      I became aware of Snipping Tool, from a Moderator helping a poster with troubleshooting problem.. He said it was the easiest way for their forum to receive attachments. They found a high success rate in receiving attachments done with Snipping Tools as opposed to other types of software.And it was user friendly. I tried it out, that evening and have not looked back. When Windows 10 was not offering it, I found a download, installed it on my Win 10 ,machines and saved a copy to an external hdd. I hope this helps.

  2. Been punching theses keys for 17 years.
    For years I click Microft Icon and prt sc = item on PC monitor is saved in my selected file.
    Whoops……… no longer works. What happened ?
    Tried Icon + shift + S Picked one of 4 choices = no still won’t save the monitor pic ????
    Any hints ??
    thanx Jim

  3. You say “Use the Notification Area in Windows 10 to view, edit and save your screen shot”.


    1. Point the mouse in the lower right corner of your PC. If you have notifications, they’ll show up there as a ‘number’. Hover over the number and it’ll say how many notifications you have. Click it and a side bar opens showing them.
      If you have no notifications, no numbers will show up there.

  4. Thank you all for your help on how you find the Clipboard, and Save, Print, etc from it when using Snip & Sketch. It is totally different than using the Snip It Tool from the recent past.

  5. After snipping the pic you want, go to notifications box in lower right corner of toolbar, click on it to bring up clipboard. Then double click on clip/pic you want and you can save it from there.

  6. After using Snip&Sketch, I see nothing in the so-called notification area at bottom right, but the pic is on your clipboard, so you can paste it in a new Word or Open Office document or anything else that will take a paste.

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