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How to take a screenshot in Windows 8

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This is a short video on how to take a screen capture in Windows 8. There are three methods I show, using the Windows key with the print screen button, using the print screen button and saving with paint, and using the Windows Snip tool. All of the methods will work, it just depends on the situation you need it for. If you want to take a screenshot on Windows XP, use Option 3 that I have listed below.

Option 1: If you just want to save the screenshot without editing it, then follow these steps. These will only work in Windows 8, while the other ways will work in Windows 7 or 8.

Step 1: Hold down the windows key. It should be in between the fn and alt keys. (if you just tap it once it’s the button that brings up the start menu)

Step 2: while holding down the Windows button, tap the printscreen button. This may be labeled a PrntScr, PrintSCR, or prtscr. It should be in the upper right of the keyboard above the backspace key.

Step 3: The screenshot will be saved as soon as you hit the print screen button. The file will be saved in a screenshots folder in your Pictures folder. The path for it would be C:\Users\yourusername\Pictures\Screenshots.

Step 4: If you want to edit the file, just open it with Microsoft Paint or any other photo editing software (Photoshop, Gimp, Paint.Net), edit it, and save it. The file can also be moved to wherever you want to store it.


Option 2: You can use the Windows Snip tool (Snipping Tool) as well, and this allows you to take a screenshots of sections of the computer screen rather than the whole things. The steps for this are very easy as well.

Step 1: In Windows 7 bring up the start menu and type snip in the search at the bottom, and then click on the Snipping Tool option that comes up at the top. In Windows 8 move your mouse to the top right corner of the screen, and on the menu that pops out, click the search option. Then in the search box, type snip, and click on the Snipping Tool option that pops up.

Step 2: On the snip tool that pops up, clcik the new option.

Step 3: Drag the box from the snip tool around the area you want to capture, and it will screen cap that area automatically. There are several more options in the drop down menu that is attached to the New button, such as capture full screen or capture window.

Step 4: In the window that appears after the screen capture, choose save. By default it will suggest saving it as a .png, but you can save it as several other image types by choosing the dropdown box at the bottom, and then selecting the one you want (jpeg, or gif).


Option 3: If you are in Windows XP, or want to edit the screen capture before you save it, use this method.

Step 1: Tap the prntscrn button in the upper right of your keyboard. If the print screen button is in a different color than other text, it probably means you have to hold the Fn button (function button) while you hit print screen. The Fn button should be found at the bottom left of the keyboard in between the Windows key and Ctrl.

Step 2: Open Microsoft Paint. In Windows 7/Windows 8 it can be found by typing Paint in the search box, while in XP you will have to go to Start>All Programs>Accesories>Paint

Step 3: When Paint opens click the paste button at the top of the screen, or hold ctrl and then hit the v key. (Key shortcut for paste).

Step 4: Make any edits such as cropping the screenshot, and then hit the save button. Save it in the location and format you want.

If you want to get your start button back in Windows 8, check out this video:

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