Windows 10 : Power Tips for Taking Faster Screenshots

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The default method of taking screenshots in Windows 10 is awkward. Use these tips to take faster and more precise screenshots without the need for an expensive app.

>>Modifier keys

With Windows 10, a new screen capture hotkey combination was introduced. Holding the Windows keyand pressing the Print Screen button will save a screenshot as an image, removing the need to paste the capture into Paint to save it manually.

By default, these screen captures will be saved at This PC > Pictures > Screenshots. If you want to capture just a single open window without everything else, hold Alt while pressing thePrtSc button. This captures the current active window, so make sure to click inside the window you want to capture before pressing the key combination.

Sadly, this doesn’t work with the Windows modifier key. Pressing Windows + Alt + PrtSc doesn’t do anything at all. So when you use the Alt + PrtSc hotkey, you will still need to paste the capture into Paint and save it.

>>OneDrive /Dropbox

If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, which comes preinstalled, or Dropbox and have the application installed on your Windows machine, you can opt to have all screen captures saved to your cloud storage automatically.This feature saves any Alt + PrtSc captures as images without the need for pasting into Paint.

Captures using the Print Screen key will be saved locally, either at OneDrive > Pictures > Screenshots or Dropbox > Screenshots, and automatically synced to your cloud storage.

To enable this feature in OneDrive: Click the Show hidden icons button in the Notification Area in the Taskbar, locate and right-click on the OneDrive icon, click Settings, open the Auto Save tab and then check the box beside ‘Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive’.

For Dropbox: Click the Show hidden icons button in the Notification Area in the Taskbar, locate and right-click on the Dropbox icon, click the settings drop-down in the upper right corner of the window that appears, click Preferences and open the Import tab and then check the box beside Share screenshots using Dropbox.

>>More precise screenshots

Click the Start button, start typing “snipping tool” and click on the app to open it. To capture an open window, click the drop-down menu beside New, select Window Snip and click on any window. Everything visible within the borders of that window (including other windows that overlap it) will be captured and available to edit, annotate, share or save as an image within the Snipping Tool app.

Also, you can use the Snipping Tool to select a custom portion of the screen. Click the dropdown beside New and select Free-form Snip or Rectangular Snip. Click once and hold to initiate the capture, drag until you’ve selected the entire area you want to capture, and release to finish.