4 Ways To Take A Screenshot On Windows 11

The best ways to seamlessly capture a screenshot

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  • All the procedures that worked on Windows 10 will do nicely on this iteration too.
  • One important upgrade is the Snip & Sketch tool which will gradually replace the Snipping Tool.
  • You can also use the Game Bar or the dedicated Prt Sc key to take a screenshot on Windows 11.
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Windows 11 went from rumor to official news in a heartbeat. Unlike other topics that tend to deflate once the aura of mystery surrounding them is broken, Microsoft’s brand-new OS got us hooked for good.

And questions continue to pop up, one after the other. For instance, users have been wondering how to take a screenshot on Windows 11 devices.

How do I take a screenshot on Windows 11?

In this article

1. Use the keyboard shortcut

The PrtSc button is a core Windows function that’s here to stay. It’s a dedicated key on all Windows keyboards that will essentially capture whatever is displayed on your desktop at that particular time.

In this matter, Windows 11 is no different than its predecessor and it responds to the same command.

The Print Screen function can be used in different ways depending on what you want to achieve. Note that this method works for those who wonder how to screenshot on Windows 11 Pro as well.

  • Print Screen key

You can use the Print Screen button alone. Do keep in mind that this method will copy your screenshot to the clipboard, which means that you’ll lose any other information previously stored there.

One more thing that’s worth mentioning here is that you won’t be able to select a particular area of the screen.

  • Windows key + Print Screen combination

This key combination will also capture the entire screen, but it has a twist. Instead of copying your screenshot to the clipboard, it will save your image in the Pictures/Screenshots folder.

Obviously, this is a big plus since it cuts down on manual operations, allowing you to take screenshots in rapid succession, for example.

  • Alt key + Print Screen combination

Unlike the previous 2 methods, this one will allow you to take a screenshot of the active window instead of the entire screen.

However, this perk comes at a cost. The file is not automatically saved, you will have to select a destination for the file.

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2. Use the Snipping Tool

2.1 Directly capture and annotate a screenshot

  1. Press Windows + Shift + S to launch Snipping Tools.snipping tools  to take a screenshot on windows 11
  2. Here you have four options as follows:
    • Rectangular mode – Allows users to capture the desired rectangular portion as a screenshot.
    • Freeform mode – With this one, as the name suggests, you can take capture a screenshot of any shape.
    • Window mode – The current application or program is captured.
    • Fullscreen mode – A fullscreen screenshot is taken, which includes the taskbar.
  3. To take a screenshot, choose the desired mode, use the cursor to select the desired portion, and click to capture.
  4. As soon as you take a screenshot using Snipping Tools, it’s saved to the clipboard and a notification appears at the bottom-right corner. Click on it to annotate or edit the screenshot.screenshot
  5. Now, you have the screenshot in the editor. Use the various options here to edit it, for instance, the Ballpoint pen and Highlighter.edit screenshot with snipping tools
  6. Once done, click on the Save icon.save screenshot in Windows 11
  7. Navigate to the desired location for the file, and again click on Save.screenshot

2.2 Set a timer to take the screenshot

  1. Press Windows + S to open Search, type Snipping Tool, and click on the relevant search result.snipping tools
  2. Click on the No delay option.no delay
  3. Choose a time here, either 3, 5, or 10 seconds.set a delay to take screenshots in Windows 11
  4. Now, click on New and the Snipping Tools will automatically appear after the chosen period.how to take a screenshot on windows 11

That’s it! In Windows 11, Microsoft integrated Snipping Tools and Snip and Sketch into one, and it got the former’s name. The app now offers a lot more features and is handy to use.

Also, you could set a timer to take screenshots of specific actions that can’t be captured instantaneously.

3. Use Snip & Sketch

A great option for taking a screenshot in Windows 11 is using the dedicated tool called Snip & Sketch. It is a handy built-in app. This is the new app that replaces Snipping Tool. Here is how to use it:

1. Open Snip & Sketch

Search for the Snip & Sketch tool in the Start Menu or just type snip in Windows search and select it from the results. Click on it.

2. Click on New

Now you need to click on the New button in the upper left corner of the application.

3. Select your desired snipping option

You’ll see a couple of different available snipping options: Rectangular Snip, Free-form Snip, Windows Snip, and Full-screen Snip. Choose one of them.

4. Select the screenshot area

Use the mouse cursor to choose what section of the screen you would like to capture in a screenshot.

5. Enter the editor

The tool will automatically transfer your screenshot to the clipboard and then start an editor as soon as you finish selecting your desired area.

6. Edit the screenshot

So now you can edit it as you wish in Snip & Sketch. You can choose to paste the image from the clipboard to another editor or save it on your Windows 11 PC without editing it as a PNG, JPG, or GIF file.

When you’re looking for Snip & Sketch, you will also see that the Snipping Tool app is still available in Windows 11 but we don’t know for how long.

The Snipping Tool app is just one of the many functionalities that Microsoft deemed obsolete or unfit for the new Windows 11.

Explore Snip & Sketch

It’s time for the big reveal – introducing the new Snip & Sketch tool which will gradually replace the Snipping Tool. If you were expecting major differences, you’ll be somewhat disappointed.

The new tool basically offers the same features as the original one. In fact, the appearance is the biggest change with the new app offering a more polished look that blends in with the overall flow and feel of the modern Windows 11.

In other words, the Snip & Sketch tool is pretty much a more sophisticated version of the Snipping Tool. For more advanced features, we recommend dedicated software such as Icecream Screen Recorder.

When it comes to functionalities, you will have the same modes that allow you to choose a specific area to capture, plus to copy to clipboard flow.

One notable addition is that you can edit the screenshot by adding text, shapes, or highlighting directly in the preview window.

Moreover, accessing the Snip & Sketch tool is as easy as using this keyboard shortcut: Windows + Shift + S.

Basically, the new tool is easier to use, it looks better and it’s a lot more simple to manage by everyone so if you upgraded to Windows 11, you should think about using it.

4. Use the Xbox Game Bar

  1. Press the Windows + G key combination to use the Game Bar or use the Start menu to search for it.
  2. When the app opens, click on the camera icon within its taskbar. This will capture your entire screen.

Even though the Xbox Game Bar is a gaming app, it offers interesting capture functionalities that you can apply to a broader area.

Furthermore, you can use it to record videos of your screen just as you would with a third-party screen recorder. While it’s not a specialized screenshot software, the Game Bar will do the job just fine.

Are screenshots useful?

For those who are not really aware, a screenshot is a caption of the whole screen, a window, or just a part of the image displayed on the screen at one time.

We, at WindowsReport, do a lot of screenshots in order to create guides and make you understand exactly how to perform certain steps in a solution.

Want to know how to screenshot on Windows 11 and crop? We’ll show you four different ways. So read on, pick your favorite and start capturing those essential bits of information in no time!

What laptops do the solutions above cover?

Users who use different device brands have been asking how to take a screenshot on their Windows 11 laptop. These are some of their mentions:

  • How to screenshot on a Windows 11 HP laptop – HP keyboards follow the general consensus between keyboard manufacturers, thus it will also have the Print Screen button on it.
  • How to screenshot on a Windows 11 Lenovo laptop – Lenovo users who upgraded to Windows 11 will find it simple to take a screenshot as the methods are similar to Windows 10.
  • How to screenshot on a Windows 11 Dell laptop – Just like any other device, there will be more than 2 ways in which you can screenshot your desktop or any desired window.

No matter what laptop brand you use, Windows 11 will work similarly. Follow the methods in which you can take a screenshot as they will work for you as well.

As you can see, some things have drastically changed in the new OS, while others have not so much. If you want to further explore the topic, here’s a detailed comparison between Windows 10 and Windows 11 you might enjoy.

Alternatively, take a look at our performance comparison between the two operating system iterations and find out which one performs better.

Even though the OS has a great deal to offer in terms of new functionalities, looks, and interface improvements, its core is not that different from its predecessors.

This basically means that all the different methods that worked on Windows 10 will work just fine on Windows 11.

Finally, these are 4 different methods to explore when taking a screenshot on Windows 11. What’s your favorite one?

Feel free to share your choice with us and don’t be shy to suggest more solutions. Sharing is caring after all, right?

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