Fix tinted screenshots on Windows 10 with these methods

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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  • You probably know the most common way of taking a screenshot in Windows 10. Pressing Print Screen on your keyboard sounds easy enough even for casual users.
  • Things are far from pleasant when your screenshots have an orange tint on them. Don’t hesitate to troubleshoot your display driver or adjust f.lux.
  • You may also use Acrobat Reader DC for professional results. This popular PDF reader lets you copy an area of a PDF and paste it into other applications with ease.
  • The article is part of a much large hub dedicated especially towards Troubleshooting Windows 10, so make sure to visit it.
tinted screenshots on Windows 10

Sometimes, Windows 10 users may report that their screenshots have an orange tint to them, regardless of the screen capturing method they are using.

Other users seem to be having even worse problems:

My screen turns red when I capture a screenshot. How can I turn it off? I haven’t changed any settings; yesterday it was fine. I tried using different snipping tools, and the regular PrtSc button. All red. I have the night mode off, and everything else is regular.

Let’s see how you can quickly fix this issue.

How can I fix tinted screenshot issues in Windows 10?

1. Use Acrobat Reader DC for professional screenshots

install Acrobat Reader DC

Acrobat Reader DC is a popular document management system with lots of powerful features appreciated by users all over the world.

Chances are you’ve heard of its abilities to export to other formats, render text into speech, sign PDFs, and track responses in real-time.

However, not many users know about the Snapshot tool. This basically copies an area as an image and you may easily paste into other applications.

Simply select Edit > Take a Snapshot, and then drag a rectangle around the area you intend to copy. Up next, feel free to release the mouse button and exit Snapshot mode.

While in another application at your choice, simply paste the copied image. No tinted screenshots will ever bother you again.

Download Acrobat Reader DC free here

2. Troubleshoot your display driver

  1. Press Windows Key + X.
  2. Click Device Manager.
  3. Expand Display Adapter.

From here on out, you can choose to right-click on one of the two options listed below:

2.1. Rollback the Driver

  1. Click Properties.
  2. Navigate to Driver tab.
  3. Click the rollback option if available.

2.2. Update driver from manufacturer’s website

  1. Go to the website of the driver’s manufacturer or computer’s manufacturer.
  2. Download the latest available drivers for your graphics card.
  3. Uninstall your old driver and install the new one.

Uninstall video driverYou will need to restart your computer after the above steps.

Learn everything there is to know about taking and saving screenshots on Windows 10 from this quick guide.

3. Adjust f.lux or any similar apps when taking screenshots

The Windows 10 Mav 2019 update seems to be having some issues with F.lux v4.104 running in the background.

This problem leads to tinted screenshots regardless of the means of taking the screenshot, even when using third-party screen recording tools.

That’s how you can fix tinted screenshots issue while running f.lux:

  1. Press Start.
  2. Type in Power & sleep Settings.
  3. Right under Related Settings select Additional Power settings.
  4. Select Choose what the Power buttons do.
  5. Choose Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  6. Uncheck  the Turn on faster Startup box.Adjust screen settings for tinted screenshots
  7. Click Save Changes.
  8. Restart your computer.

If these changes don’t fix the issue, you should consider turning f.lux off altogether when taking screenshots, and turning it back on after you are done.

Are things any better now? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about screen capture tools

  • What is a screen capture tool?

Screen capture tools are known to efficiently capture screenshots of a selected area, window, or the entire screen.

  • What is the best screen capture software for Windows 10?

PicPick and Icecream screen recorder are both great screenshot-taking tools. If you’d like to see more options, take a look at our top picks on this dedicated list.

  • How do I do a screen capture?

Using the built-in Snipping Tool or pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard is recommended when you want to do a quick screen capture.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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