- Capture the whole screen (and automatically save it if you have Windows 8)
- Capture a part of the screen or a window
- Capture a series of screenshots in a document
This guide covers the tools built in to Windows and how to use them.
Capture the Whole Screen or a Single Window
- To capture the whole screen, press the Print Screen key (often abbreviated i.e. Prt Scrn)
- To capture a window i.e. your web browser, click the window to bring it into focus and press Alt+Print Screen
The screenshot is copied to the clipboard; you can now paste it (Ctrl+V) into Word, Paint etc. for saving.
- Windows 8 only: Press the Windows+Print Screen key to capture a screenshot and save it in Libraries\Pictures\Screenshots
To view saved screenshots:
- Either: Click Start, type Libraries, click Libraries, and navigate to Pictures -> Screenshots
- Or: Press Windows Key + E open Windows Explorer, press Ctrl + L to enter an address and navigate to: Libraries\Pictures\Screenshots
Capture Part of the Screen
The Snipping tool can capture the whole screen, a selection of the screen, or a specific Window. The snipping tool is available with:
- Windows 8, Windows 8 Professional, Windows 8 RT
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise
- Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise
Step 1: Click the Start button, type snip, and click Snipping Tool.
Step 2: Click New
Note: To free-form clip or grab a window or the whole screen, click the down arrow next to the New button
Step 3: Select the area you wish to capture
Step 4: Optionally annotate and highlight your image:
Step 5: Save your image to your hard drive (Ctrl+S) or copy it to your clipboard (Ctrl+C):
Capture a Series of Screenshots in a Document
To capture a series of screenshots in a document, you can use the Steps Recorder (named Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7) that’s available with both Windows 7 and 8.
To open Steps recorder: click Start, type psr, and click Steps Recorder (Windows 8) or psr.exe* (Windows 7.)
*If you’re using Windows 7, I recommend you run the program as an administrator (right click psr.exe and click Run as Administrator.)
- Once you’ve completed your steps, you can open the saved file and copy the screenshots into Word, Paint etc.
- If you want to capture more than 25 screenshots, click the down arrow next to the help icon and click Settings…; replace 25 with the maximum number of screenshots required
More Options for Taking Screenshots
If you’re looking for a tool with more advanced options, check out five free screen capture utilities for Windows.