How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11

How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11 (Free and Easy)

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Taking screenshots on Windows 11 is fairly easy. Especially if you are previously familiar with Windows 10. System-wise, both (Windows 11 and Windows 10) have the same system in common, only in terms of the UI appearance which has many differences.

Screenshot aka screenshot is an easy way to save important files in the form of images. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words than direct writing in the form of words. Taking screenshots allows you to more easily save something important that you find on a computer.

The screenshot itself has many ways for you to do it. Whether it’s a screenshot of the entire screen or just a screenshot of a specific area, you have many options available. Well, in this article, I will discuss various ways that you can take to capture screenshots on your Windows 11.

How To Take A Screenshot In Windows 11

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Screenshots Using the Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a free default application that Microsoft first introduced in 2002 as PowerToy. This is a set of free utilities that comes to Windows power users. A lightweight program with a minimalistic design, it’s the best built-in app if you’re in a hurry and wants to “crop” a quick screenshot of a specific area.

To capture your screen with the Snipping Tool, navigate to the Start menu search bar, type ‘snipping tool,’ with your keyboard, and select the Snipping Tool.

Next, click New, and you will be taken to the screenshot overlay. Then at the top of the Snipping tool overlay, you’ll see different ways to capture your screenshot: Rectangle Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, Fullscreen Snip, and more.

Choose your preferred screenshot method, select the area you want to capture, and release the cursor. Your screenshot will be captured successfully.

Then on the main screen of the app, you also have the feature to snooze screenshots. Navigate to the Time before the snip option (clock icon), click No delay, and you’ll get a drop-down of various options for you to choose from.

Also Read: How to Open Control Panel in Windows 11

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you don’t want to boot up the tool every time you want to take a screenshot, try one of these keyboard shortcuts for a faster time to take your screenshot.


If you want a quick and easy screenshot, press the PrintScreen key. That’s all the screen clips of your entire Windows 11 will take. However, note that PrtSc will only capture and save the image on the clipboard, instead of saving it as a PNG screenshot image.

This method is useful if you want to attach a screenshot image in an email, or, if you want to edit the image first before saving it.

Win + PrntScrn

Use this shortcut when you want to screen clip the entire Windows 11 screen. Just press the Windows key along with PrtSc, and like all Windows screenshots, once done, you will find the screenshot automatically saved in the Pictures folder.

Alt + PrntScrn

If you are someone who likes to have lots of tabs and programs open on your screen, then the method of cropping the entire screen at the top may not be the method for you. To solve this problem, you can use the shortcut Alt + PrntScren. Unfortunately, you will only get screenshots of the active window, instead of opening multiple tabs on your screen.

Also Read: How To Turn Off Windows Defender Virus Protection In Windows 11

Using Xbox Game Bar

Xbox Game Bar is another free tool from Microsoft, which was introduced back in 2016 along with the Vista update.

While Microsoft initially introduced tools to help gamers record their gameplay, they’ve also added a dearth of additional features, including screenshot capabilities.

To get started, press Win + G. This will open the Game Bar overlay on your screen. Alternatively, you can also type ‘game bar’ then on the Start menu search bar and select the most suitable one from there.

Take Screenshots With Third-Party Apps

As good as Windows’ built-in screenshot tool is, sometimes, just good isn’t enough. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of handy third-party options for Windows users. From here, we’ll focus on two open-source applications: ShareX and GIMP.

Also Read: How to Run Android Apps natively on Windows 11

Hopefully, it can be useful for you.


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