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How to take a screenshot on Windows 11

A screenshot is a quick way to visually share what’s on your screen. In many cases, a screenshot can also serve as proof of submission or a quick way to save information on the screen that you otherwise cannot copy. It’s an essential function regardless if you use a desktop or a mobile device.

screenshot Windows 11

Screenshot on Windows 11

Windows 11 has lots of built-in methods for taking a screenshot. There are quick methods for taking a screenshot, and there are stock apps that can take a time delayed screenshot.

Quick screenshot – Windows 11

There are two ways to take a quick screenshot on Windows 11.

PrntScreen

This method works with a single keystroke and can be used when something is quick to disappear from the screen.

  1. Tap the Print Screen key on the keyboard.
  2. Open an image editor e.g. Paint and use the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut to paste the image from the clipboard to the image editor.
  3. Save the image.

Windows + PrntScreen

This method is almost as quick as the previous method but it will automatically save the screenshot as a file.

  1. Tap the Windows+PrintScreen keys together when you want to take the screenshot.
  2. The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved.
  3. Open the Pictures library folder.
  4. Go to the Screenshots folder and the screenshot will be saved as a PNG file with the name Screenshot (number).

Time delayed screenshot – Windows 11

In order to take a time delayed screenshot on Windows 11, use the Snip & Sketch tool. This is a stock app on Windows 11 (and on Windows 10).

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Go to the Apps list.
  3. Open Snip & Sketch.
  4. Click the No delay.
  5. Select a time delay interval: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, or 10 seconds.
  6. Click New.
  7. Use the time delay to set up the screenshot.
  8. Select the type of screenshot you want to take; area, window, or full screen.
  9. Once captured, click the Save button and save the screenshot.

Conclusion

Windows 11 can still run apps that were built for Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7. There are all sorts of third-party screenshot tools that you can install if you do not like the stock options. Greenshot and Shotty are two great apps to try out. They’re free and have built-in annotation tools for editing the screenshot after you’ve taken it. On that note, Snip & Sketch also has a built-in editor but it’s far more basic than you’ll find in most third-party screenshot tools. If you prefer to use the Snipping tool, it’s still available on Windows 11. 

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