Want to take a screenshot on Windows 8 but don’t know how to do it? Here is the tutorial that can help you in seconds. From Windows built-in features to third-party tools, we have a few options for you! Just read on and find the one that works best for you!

1: Windows Built-in Features (Keyboard shortcuts and Programs)

2: Use Snagit – an All-in-one screen capture software

Method 1: Windows Built-in Features (Keyboard shortcuts and Programs)

The quickest way to take a screenshot is by using hotkeys on your keyboard. You could also use the Snipping Tool, which is a program that comes with Windows 8. They’re free and easy to use. Check out the options below and follow the corresponding steps:

You may find the Print Screen key displayed as PrtSc on your keyboard.

Option 1: Press Print Screen key (PrtScn)

If you want to capture the whole screen, use this hotkey:

  1. Press PrtScn key on your keyboard.
  2. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard. You can paste the screenshot into the Paint program, make simple edits and save it to your PC.

Option 2: Press Alt and PrtScn key

If you want to capture a specific window, use this keyboard shortcut:

  1. Select the window you want to capture to make it the active window.
  2. Press Alt and PrtScn key.
  3. It will capture a screenshot of the active window and copy it to the clipboard.

Option 3: Press Windows Logo key and PrtScn key

  1. Press Windows logo key and PrtScn key.
  2. The screen will dim for a second as it saves a picture of the whole screen captured to your PC.
  3. Press Windows logo key and E at the same time to open Windows File Explorer.
  4. Go to C:\Users\your user name\Pictures\Screenshots to locate the screenshot.

Option 4: Take a partial screenshot with Snipping Tool

  1. Press Windows logo key, move your mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of your screen, then move upward to invoke the menu.
  2. Type Snipping Tool in the search bar and click the result to open the program.
  3. Click New to create a screenshot.
  4. You will be able to make simple edits before you save.

Method 2: Use Snagit – an All-in-one screen capture software

If you don’t want to switch back and forward between windows to create a screenshot, why not give third-party tools a try?

Snagit is our best pick. From taking a snapshot to adding notes on the picture, the all-in-one feature also allows you to record the screen with multiple output destinations provided.

Snagit provides a 15-day free trial with no limitations on its usage, so feel free to download it and try out the editing tools. The following steps will give you a brief idea of how Snagit works:

  1. Download and install Snagit, run the software.
  2. Click Capture to take a screenshot, or use the default hotkey – PrtScn key. You can drag the screen to include the area you need.
  3. Attached is an example of some useful tools available in the Snagit editor.

Hopefully this article helps! Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any further questions or suggestions.

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