Who has not used the option to take screenshots on the computer? In fact, we do it almost daily. Many capture on their smartphones, others from their home PC. When you are surfing the Internet, and you see something interesting, you immediately take a screenshot.
However, despite the fact that it is easy to capture, some people do not handle the tool well, perhaps due to ignorance or because the machine does not have this option. In that sense, we can find some alternatives to make the so-called screenshot.
The screenshots on the computer are beneficial and necessary. For example, when a problem occurs on the computer, it allows you to show someone who can help you, among other things. But, without a doubt, the best thing is that you do not have to download any additional programs or software or pay for them.
In Windows, you can take a screenshot using the keyboard. In fact, it works the same on almost all computers.
Shortcuts to master them all
Using the keyboard
Taking a screenshot is simple; you just have to do a few steps:
To make the capture, the area must be visible. I press the button Print Screen or Print Screen, usually located on the top right of the keyboard.
You can also press Alt + Print Screen to capture a part of the active screen.
If you press the Windows key and Print Screen simultaneously, you will be taking a screenshot that does not remain on the clipboard but is instead automatically saved in your default folder for captures. It is a valuable shortcut, especially when you are going to work with several captures, and you do not want to have to paste them first in an image editor.
Of course, one thing you have to be clear about is that this shortcut captures everything that is seen on the screen. This means that if you want to capture only the active window or a portion of the screen, you will have to resort to the rest of the shortcuts, but this is the only one that saves the image automatically without having to do more.
The capture will be saved in PNG format, so you will have to go through some other editor if you need to use it in another format. Also, if you need the capture only to show a specific window or part of the screen, you will also have to go through the editor.
The screenshot will be saved inside the Screenshots folder that you will find in Images on your computer; that is, once you press the shortcut, you will only have to go there to see the capture and take it wherever you want. If that location does not convince you, we have already explained how you can change it.
You can also press Windows + Alt + Print Screen at the same time, a second shortcut that will do precisely the same as the previous one, but instead of taking a screenshot of the entire screen, you will only have the image of the window or application that you have active. Thus, if you don’t want to take a screenshot of the entire desktop, you won’t have to go through Paint to cut out just one application.
Paste the capture
You should have previously opened the Paint program. Once done, click on the ‘Paste’ button, located at the top left. Choose the Edit option and then Paste, or press Ctrl + V on the keyboard to paste the screenshot. These instructions work the same on all computers. Paint is handy for editing screenshots.
Save the screenshot
Click on the main option ‘File’ in the upper left, followed by ‘Save As.’ Name the image and select the file format. JPG will do fine for most cases, but there are other formats available: PNG, BMP, GIF, etc. After choosing, save the image. And ready!
Change the location of the screenshots
The first thing you have to do is go to the current folder of screenshots. To do this, open Windows File Explorer, and in the left column, you will see a series of shortcuts on the Quick Launch. Click on the Images file because inside this folder is where the screenshots folder is.
When you are inside the images folder, right-click on the Screenshots folder. A drop-down menu will appear; you have to choose the Properties option to start managing it.
Once you are in the properties panel, press the Location option from the top menu. You will go to a screen where the captures are now saved, and you will have the option Restore defaults to go to the default location. Move to change the location by moving the content and Search destination so that the currently chosen folder will be opened. Click on the Move option.
Doing so will open up a dialogue with an explorer. In it, you have to choose the new folder in which you want to save the screenshots. Select it by clicking on it and hit the Select folder button. Windows will ask you to confirm the action, and when you do, your screenshots will go where you have chosen from now on.
Using Clipping (Or Snipping Tool)
There are alternative methods that can help you capture. The best is Windows 10. We are talking about the Snipping Tool, the tool built into Windows. This clipping program is quite useful, as it allows users to better define and capture the desired part without needing the keyboard.
How to use it? Open the program and then choose the options they give you: ‘Freeform Capture,’ ‘Windows Capture,’ or ‘Rectangular Capture.’ You can also set it to delay the capture time if you try to get a precise moment in a video or animation.
This tool was recently updated, and the image editing functions were enabled with the ‘Crop and Annotate’ application, allowing with this option to capture an image and view it in thumbnail, and then take it and edit it directly in said application.
Snip & Sketch
Snip & Sketch (Snip & Annotation, in Spanish) is the latest option from Microsoft. You can access it from the Start Menu or with the Win + Shift + S keys on your keyboard.
If you use the keyboard shortcut, the screen will go dark, and you will see a toolbar with five buttons at the top. You will have the same functions as the Snipping Tool, but your captures will not be saved as a file. Instead, the image goes directly to the clipboard.
Learn how to take a screen capture on PC, and you will acquire the ability to capture in an instant what you have on your monitor within a practical image that you can share or simply archive in case you need it in the future.