How to take Screenshot in Windows 11 [Complete Guide]

How to take Screenshot in Windows 11 [Complete Guide]


The next big Windows update is here. Yes, Windows 11. Over Windows 10, Windows 11 Most of the changes are happening in the UI. Therefore, it is likely that many users will find it quite difficult to perform simple tasks compared to Win 10. One such simple task is to take a screenshot on Windows 11 PC.

In this article, I am showing you 5 different ways to take screenshots in Windows 11. If you have been a Windows 10 user in the past then there is no big deal in taking screenshots on Windows 11 as well. Almost everything is the same.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on Windows 11 using 5 different methods.

Windows 11

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 11

1. Using the Snipping Tool

The first way to take a screenshot on Windows 11 is by using the Snipping Tool. It is a built-in application provided by Microsoft within the OS for taking screenshots of your Windows PC. Simply press Windows + S to open Snipping Tool and search for Snipping Tool.

The Snipping Tool will open on the screen in a small window. You can use this tool to take screenshots in various ways such as screenshots of the whole screen, a particular window, manual rectangular screenshot, etc. And to do so, you will see an option called Method. Click on it and you will see a list of different ways to take a screenshot. Here’s what the different methods are used for:

  1. Free-form snip: By selecting this mode of screenshot you will be able to manually take a screenshot at the size you draw using your mouse or trackpad.
  2. Rectangular Snip: This mode allows the user to capture rectangular screenshots or any shape manually.
  3. Windows Snip: This mode helps you to take direct screenshot of a particular window.
  4. Full-screen snip: This mode will let you capture the entire screen.
Snipping Tool

Now that you are done with the mode. It’s time to take a screenshot.

  • Select the mode in which you want to take the screenshot.
  • Now, click on the New button.
Snipping Tool
  • Use the mouse to select the area whose screenshot you want to capture.
  • After selecting the area, the Snipping Tool will automatically capture it and show you a preview of the capture.
  • The selected area is copied to the clipboard. You can either paste it directly somewhere or you can save the screenshot from that preview window by pressing Ctrl+S or by going to Files and selecting Save As.
  • In the Save As window, give the file a name and save it wherever you want on your PC.

2. Using the Print Screen Key

Windows keyboard comes with a specific key to capture screenshots. Windows 11 is no different and the Print Screen key can be used on Windows 11 just like Windows 11 to take screenshots.

Print Screen can be used in different ways depending on the type of screenshot you want to capture. Let’s explore them.

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Windows + Print Screen – Capture full screen

This key combination (Windows key + Print Screen) will let you capture a screenshot of the entire screen. When you press the key combination the display brightness will decrease for one second. This means that a screenshot of the entire screen has been taken and saved C: Users[user]PicturesScreenshots.

Windows + Print Screen - Capture full screen

Alt + Print Screen

The Print Screen key, when pressed along with the Alt key, will let you take a screenshot of the active window. There is a catch that this method does not automatically save the file. Instead, it copies the captured image to the clipboard and you need to paste that image file into an application like MS Paint to save it. After pasting the image save it as an image file on your Windows 11 PC.

Alt + Print Screen

Print Screen

Instead of combinations, you can use the Print Screen key directly on the keyboard to capture the entire screen. It will also help you save screenshots of multiple monitor setups in a single image. This is the main difference between Print Screen and Windows + Print Screen. The former can be used to capture screenshots of the entire screen of all connected monitors into a single file while the latter captures the screen of a single monitor.

Print Screen

3. Using Snip & Sketch (Windows + Shift + S shortcut)

The Snip and Sketch application is another Windows-in-built way of capturing screenshots. You can call it a very sophisticated version of the Snipping Tool.

To use it, press Windows Key + Shift + S on your keyboard, and the Snip & Sketch menu will appear at the top of the screen. You’ll see four different options in the menu, followed by a cross sign.

  • first option Allows you to manually capture rectangular screenshots.
  • The second option Gives you freeform snipping i.e. you can capture the screen by manually dragging the shapes on the display using the mouse.
  • third option Allows you to capture a specific window.
  • 4th option Allows you to capture an image of the entire screen.
Using Snip & Sketch

You can use any of the options to capture the screenshot based on your requirement.

  • Select any one option to capture screenshot and use cursor accordingly to capture screenshot.
  • Once the screenshot is captured, it will be saved to the clipboard and Windows will show a notification with a preview of the screenshot taken.
  • Either you can paste the copied image somewhere like MS Paint and save it or you can open the pop up notification which will open the Snip & Sketch preview window and save it.
  • The Snip & Sketch preview window lets you edit the screenshot such as adding text, highlighting colors, resizing and more.

4. Using Xbox Game Bar

Windows 11 (Windows 8 and 10 too) is integrated with Xbox Game Bar and this feature is extremely useful. You can use this feature to monitor the system status like CPU, GPU, RAM usage, speaker volume, and mic control, etc. Along with this, the game bar display and also provides the facility to capture screenshots.

To use the Gamebar,

  • Press the Windows + G key combination on the keyboard.
  • As soon as you press the key combination, you will be greeted with a set of multiple windows.
  • View the Capture window (top left) and click the Camera icon.
Xbox Game Bar
  • This will capture the screenshot of the whole screen and save it in C:Users[user]videocaptures

5. Using the Windows logo + Volume Down shortcut (for Microsoft Surface tablets)

Now, this method is exclusive to Microsoft Surface tablets. It’s more like how you take screenshots on a smartphone by long-pressing various physical key combinations. In Microsoft Surface tablets you are greeted with a dedicated Windows Touch button along with physical power and volume buttons.

Follow these steps to take a screenshot on a Microsoft tablet:

  • Touch and hold the Windows logo key on the lower front and press the physical Volume Down button.
  • Your screen will be blurry for a second and that means the screenshot has been taken and saved.
  • Screenshot will be saved here C:Users[user]PicturesScreenshots.

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Ground level

So, these were the 5 different ways to take a screenshot in Windows 11. These steps share a lot of similarities with Windows 10 and hence these methods apply to Windows 10 as well.

Taking screenshots in Windows 11 is very easy and as an upgrade to Windows 10, there is nothing different to take screenshots. I hope this article has taught you the right way to take a screenshot on Windows 11.

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