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 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.
This method works with a single keystroke and can be used when something is quick to disappear from the screen.
- Tap the Print Screen key on the keyboard.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tap the Windows+PrintScreen keys together when you want to take the screenshot.
- The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved.
- Open the Pictures library folder.
- 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).
- Open the Start Menu.
- Go to the Apps list.
- Open Snip & Sketch.
- Click the No delay.
- Select a time delay interval: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, or 10 seconds.
- Click New.
- Use the time delay to set up the screenshot.
- Select the type of screenshot you want to take; area, window, or full screen.
- Once captured, click the Save button and save the screenshot.
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.