How to take a screenshot of Windows


Sometimes it may happen to have the need to take a screenshot  (or to make a screenshot ) of everything that appears on the screen at a given time. However, to perform such an operation, it is not necessary neither a smartphone, nor a camera or any other device; In fact, with the touch of one or more keys on your keyboard, you’ll catch (and save) all that you need in no time at all. This is why, in this article I will explain how to take a screenshot of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1.

 

HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA OR WINDOWS 7?

To capture a screen on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you will not have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Press stamps (also called Print Screen) located at the top right of your keyboard (in most cases close to the F12 key). If you’re using a laptop, as well as the Print Screen key, you may need to press the Fn key at the same time (located usually in the bottom left of the keyboard) that you will need to first press Fn and then, while holding down this button, you must also press Print Screen key (which is equivalent to the key combination Fn + Stamp );capture screen shots
  2. Then open the program called  Paint (if you use Windows Vista or Windows 7 simply type paint , immediately after clicking on the button Start , and click Paint , and if you still using Windows XP, you must first click on the button Start , then All Programs , then  Accessories , and then click  Paint ), then press the Ctrl key and hold it, even the V (which is equivalent to the key combination Ctrl + V  (or the command called  Paste ));
  3. Now close Paint and click on Save : then select the location where you want to save the file, then give it a name, choose the format that best suits your needs (usually the most used formats are JPEG (which weighs a few kB) or PNG (which offers superior image quality but weighs a few more kB)) and finally click again on Save .

In this way, the moment you pressed Stamp (or Fn + Stamp), you will have captured the image of all that appears on the screen. However, if you are interested in catching only what appears within a certain window , which is open in the foreground at that time, you will need to press and hold down the Alt key, and only after the Print Screen key (which is equivalent to key combinationAlt + Print ). If you’re using a laptop, to capture only what appears within a specific window, most likely you will need to press the Fn key first instead, then the Alt key and only at the end of the Print Screen key (which is equivalent to the key combination Fn + Alt + Print ). Now, to save the image, you are left with nothing more than following the second and the third step of this procedure.

 

HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF WINDOWS 8 OR WINDOWS 8.1?

Even on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can capture an image in one of two procedures described previously (in this case, however, to open Paint, press, and hold, key first Windows  ( Windows logo key) and then button X , then Write paint  (in the search box) and then click on Paint ).
However, on Windows 8 / 8.1, you can capture an image in another way directly or saving it in a special folder. In this case, therefore, press, and hold down the Windows key and then press the Print Screen key (which is equivalent to the key combination Windows + Stamp ). As soon as you press these keys, the screen brightness will diminish for a moment while everything that appears on the screen will be saved as a file in the folder called  Catch of the screen (which is in turn in the Pictures folder).

At this point you should know how to take a screenshot of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 . Know, however, that on Windows Vista,
Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1, in addition to the above mentioned methods, you can also use the  capture tool  (which allows you to have more control over what you want to acquire).

 

NOTES

  • Except in special cases, you can also capture a screen, for example, while watching a movie or while you are playing some video games;
  • On some keyboards the key stamps may be marked by PrtScn, PrtSc, or another abbreviation very similar;
  • To capture a screen on some laptops without the Print Screen key, you may need to use other combinations of keys (eg Fn + Ins). In this regard you should then consult the manual that came with your laptop.

Screenshot: computer desktop

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