If you would like to print the screen in Windows, the faster way is to use the “Print Screen” or “Print Scrn” or “PrtScr” key on the laptop or keyboard. But sometimes, the use of Fn key and the combination keys of activating print screen can vary from laptop to laptop, until you have a full sized keyboard that has a dedicated Print Screen key. What if Print Screen key is too complicated for some on laptop or it is not working?
Fret not! You can use the built-in sniping tool to help you capture the screen.
1. Search for Snipping Tool in the search bar of the Windows 10 interface.
2. Click on “Snipping Tool” to launch the tool.
3. Click on “New” to snip a new screen.
4. Click the mouse and drag an area of the screen to snip. You can drag the whole screen, or a portion of the screen. Release the drag to confirm the snip.
5. Once you have released the mouse button, you will be presented with the captured screen.
6. You can annotate or highlight or draw over it, like this which I have done:
7. Once you are happy with the editing and annotation, press the “save” button and specify the place you want to save it to. By default you will save to This PC –> Pictures directory as a PNG (Portable Network Graphics) file. You can also change the file type to change to JPG if you wish, but I highly recommend PNG file for screen capture as it will not suffer from JPG’s compression artifacts problem.
8. There you are! You have successfully snipped a screen of your Windows PC without the need for that Print Screen, PrtScrnm or PrtScr key that may be a little too complicate to use with the Alt or Fn key or both together!