Windows 11 Screenshot: Easy step-by-step guide on how to take screenshots on Windows 11 PC/ laptop

Windows 11 download is now available for the general public. You can head over to our guide to learn how to download Windows 11 stable version on your PC/ laptop if you haven’t installed it already. If you already have a Windows 11 machine and are wondering how to take screenshots, you are at the right place. Below is an easy step-by-step guide on how to take screenshots on Windows 11. One can wonder about the importance of taking screenshots for various different things and knowing some quick and easy ways to do it always comes in handy. With Windows 11 rolling out, knowing how to take a screengrab will definitely be a small little skill you will like having. With the updated UI on the new Windows 11, some things like taking a simple screenshot need a little revision.

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How to take screenshots on Windows 11 laptop/ PC

Microsoft has added several methods to take a screenshot on Windows 11 laptop/ PC. The methods are mostly similar to previous versions of Windows OS. In addition to this, you can download third-party apps to take screenshots on Windows 11 laptop/ PC.

1. Using the Snip and Sketch tool

Microsoft is rooting for the Snip and Sketch tool, demoting the usage of the older Snipping Tool. While the Snip and Sketch tool isn’t exactly new, Microsoft has refined and added new functionality to the tool. It’s now similar to the screenshot tools available on macOS.

How to use the Snip and Sketch tool

  • To begin, press Windows + Shift + S. After you have pressed, you will see the screen dim down and a floating toolbox appears towards the top. There you will be offered a plethora of snipping options like a full-screen screenshot, a rectangular snip, a free-form snip, and a screenshot of the active window.
  • Once you have taken your desired screenshot you can have an option to paste it onto an image editor of your choice, or directly edit the image before even saving it within the Snip and Sketch app. To do that, head to the notification centre and tap on the screenshot notification to fire up the Snip and Sketch window.
  • You will be greeted with a host of available tools that will sort your basic editing requirements.
  • After you have finished touching up your screenshot, you can save the new image.

2. Using the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is practically the in-built screenshot tool that Microsoft ships with its Windows OS. This tool adds on some custom functionality over and above the keyboard shortcuts for full-screen screenshots and active window screen grabs.

The Snipping Tool still remains rudimentary as compared to some other third-party applications in terms of functions and features. However, for most use cases, it serves up to be a pretty good tool.

How to use the Snipping Tool

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  • Head over to the screen whose still you want to capture
  • Now, click on the Start Menu and look for the Snipping Tool app. Alternatively, you can search the app using Windows Search.
  • Open the Snipping Tool app
  • A small window, with the following options: New, Mode, and Delay, will appear on your screen.
  • Select on New to take the screenshot in free form, otherwise, go to Mode and choose the shape and size of the screenshot
  • Once done, you will be offered a pointer which you can then use by clicking down on the left mouse button or trackpad and move across the screen you want to capture.
  • The screenshot you just ‘snipped’ will pop on the Snipping Tools window. You can further adjust it via the available tools on the window and once down you can save the image as you desire.
The Delay option in the Snipping tool app will let you set a timer for the screenshot. You can choose between No-Delay, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, and more.

3. Using the Print Screen button on the keyboard

Arguably the easiest and most logical method of taking a screenshot on most Windows PCs is by hitting the Print Screen button.

  • The Print Screen button is usually found on the top right-hand side of most keyboards and is labelled as ‘PrtScr or PrtScn, usually tailing in at the end of the function row after F12.
  • You can press the Print Screen button on any window you like and that would take your desired screenshot.
  • Now, as a matter of fact, the print screen button lets you take a screengrab of the entire screen.
  • After you have pressed the Print Screen button, the screenshot is copied to the clipboard.
  • You can then move onto any image editor of your choice such as MS Paint and paste it onto aboard.
  • You can then save the image in a file format of your choice.

4. Using the Windows + Print Screen shortcut

Another simple and easy way to take a screenshot on Windows 11 is by using the combinations of the Windows button and the Print Screen shortcut. This allows you to take a screenshot and save it directly. This method can surely come in handy when you are wishing to take screenshots at a faster rate without having to manually save the file using another application.

  • To do this, press the Windows and Print Screen buttons simultaneously.
  • Doing this will momentarily dim your screen and turn it back up. Once your Windows 11 PC does this, you will know that the screenshot has been successfully captured.
  • This screenshot will be auto-saved as an image directly into the Screenshots folder inside the main folder Pictures.

5. Using the Alt + Print Screen shortcut

Wondering how to just keep an image of an active window, instead of the entire screen? Use the Alt and Print Screen buttons simultaneously to capture the screenshot of an active window running on your desktop.

  • To do this, press the Alt button and the Print Screen button at the same time, this will trigger a screenshot which will get copy-pasted onto the clipboard.
  • You will then have to head onto an image processing software such as MS Paint, Paint 3D, etc to paste the copied image.
  • After that, you can go on to save the image in the desired fashion.

Note: It is good to note that some Windows devices and peripherals operate differently even if it is in the slightest of manners. For example, the placements of the above-mentioned buttons might vary ever so slightly depending upon the design and make of the peripherals. Moreover, some keyboards only allow usage of the Print Screen button when the Function or the ‘Fn’ button is pressed down.

Other alternatives

The above tips and tricks are quick and easy to use however offer limited functionality. You could also be looking for some niche functionality that these basic tools don’t offer. In that case, we can recommend some applications that can sort out some of your requirements.

While there is a multitude of screenshot applications available online, not all serve up as much as they claim to do. Some applications are sketchy and erratic, while most others offer basic functionalities only. Most importantly, to work with the latest Windows 11 OS the applications need to be updated to function smoothly.

Here are two applications that can come in handy:

  • Game Bar: Game Bar is a brilliant application for those looking for capturing moments and sequences while gaming on their Windows PC. It can be triggered by a simple Windows + G key combination. It’s best suited for screenshots and screen recording while gaming.
  • PicPick: PicPick happens to solve Windows 11’s drawback of not allowing users to take scrolling screenshots using its native apps. While there are a variety of screenshot options, the PicPick app allows you to take scrolling screenshots on your Windows PC.