Taking a Screenshot in Windows

Describing what you see can be a challenge.

Follow these steps to learn how to quickly capture an image of your screen and let the picture speak for you. Or, scroll to the bottom of the page and watch a short video tutorial on the topic.

How do I take a screenshot?

  press PrtScn = Windows captures the entire screen and copies it to the (invisible) clipboard.
Note: On some notebooks you have to hold Fn and then press PrtScn instead.

Where can I find that key?

  Look for this group of keys at the upper right of your keyboard. Note: Print Screen (PrtScn) might have been abbreviated differently on your keyboard.

How do I take a screenshot of a single window?

hold down Alt and press PrtScn = Windows captures only the currently active window and copies it to the clipboard.

I guess it’s in the clipboard now. How can I paste it into a document or something?

hold down Ctrl and press V = Windows pastes the screenshot (that is in the clipboard) into a document or image you are currently editing.

Can you show me in a video?