7 Handy Methods to Take a Screenshot in Windows PC


Oct 26, 2018 09:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I just want to take a screenshot in my PC for a certain part of Excel, but I just know the PrtSc button to save a full-screen screenshot. Is there any other method to take the desired part of the PC screen?

The Print Screen button is the one of the most frequently used methods to take a screenshot in Windows 10 with full screenshot.

But in order to take a screenshot for part of the screenshot for PC, you can find 7 handy methods to take screenshots with keyboards, physical button shortcuts and screenshot capturers from the article.

Windows screenshot

1. How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 with ease

In order to take a screenshot in Windows 10 for instruction, you have to custom screen, apply the blur features, add texts, callouts, lines, rectangle, ellipse, arrow, and even airbrush to focus the important part of the screenshot.

As for the case, FoneLab Screen Recorder should be the recommended program you should take into consideration.

  1. Capture video, audio, online tutorial and take screenshot.
  2. Automatically recognizes and choose the capturing area.
  3. Set hotkeys to start/stop record, open/close webcam, snapshot, etc.
  4. Add texts, callouts, lines, rectangle, ellipse, arrow and other elements.
  5. Supports Windows 10/8/7/XP

How to take a screenshot in Windows 10 with FoneLab

Download and install the latest version of FoneLab Screen Recorder. Launch the program and choose the Snapshot menu to take screenshots in Windows 10. Once you click the menu, the program is able to customize the active window.

add callouts

If you get the desired part of screen, you can add texts, callouts, lines, rectangle and other elements to the screenshot. Moreover, you can adjust color and sizes of the screenshot. When you are not satisfied with the result, you can click the Undo icon to restore to previous steps.

auto select

in the left column, you can copy the screenshot, access the full screen, delete the screenshot, etc. After that take and save screenshot in PNG, BMP, JPEG, GIF and other file formats on Windows 10.

save screenshot

2. 7 methods to take screenshots with keystrokes

If you only need to take a screenshot in Windows 10, you can use the default keystrokes of PC to get the desired files.

Here are below handy methods with the built-in options to take screenshot for full screen, single windows and windows tablet as appropriate for the version of Windows that you are running.

1. The Classic: Take Screenshot for Full Screen

1) All Windows Versions: Print Screen button

On all versions of Windows, you can find the print screen button as PrtScn, PrntScrn or Print Scrn between F12 and Scroll Lock. As for laptop, you can press the Function or Fn key to take a screenshot in Windows. Press the PrtScn button to take and save a screen to the clipboard. After that, you can paste the screenshot to photo editor.

Print Screen button

2) Windows 8/10: Print Screen + Windows Key

When you want to take a series of screenshots in Windows 10, you can tap the Windows Key + PrtScn to capture the whole screen of Windows 10 and save the screenshots automatically in Screenshots folder of Pictures.

screenshot folder

3) Windows 10: Windows Key + H

In order to take a screenshot for sharing purpose, just find the Windows Key + H. The keystrokes are able to take a screenshot for the entire screen and open Windows Share toolbar, which you can share it with Email, Facebook, OneNote, etc.

share screenshot

2. Take Screenshot for a Single Window

4) All Windows Versions: Print Screen + Alt

Press PrtScn and Alt keystrokes (Windows key + Alt + PrtScn keystrokes for Windows 10 Creator Update) to snap the current active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. And then you can open photo editor on Windows 10 to further edit the screenshot.

Print Screen + Alt

5) All Windows Versions: Snipping tool

Actually there is a built-in snipping tool for Windows 10, you can type Snipping tool in Windows 10 search bar to launch the program. There are 4 different modes to take a screenshot in Windows 10, Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip and Full-screen Snip. What is more, you can also use the delay screenshots by up to 5 seconds.

Below is how to open snipping tool.

Windows 7/10: Select the Start  button, type snipping tool in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

Windows 8: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search), type snipping tool in the search box, and then select Snipping Tool from the list of results.

new snipping tool

6) Take a screenshot for Windows Surface tablet

3. Take Screenshot with FoneLab

As for the Windows tablets, you might not find a print screen button. You can use Windows Key with Volume Down at the same time to take a screenshot in Windows tablets, such as a Windows Surface, an ASUS Vivo tab, or a Dell Venue.

screenshot surface

Is there an alternative method to take a screenshot on Mac in different macOS? FoneLab Screen Recorder for Mac is more than a snipping tool, it is able to record videos and capture audio files on Mac.

  1. Enter the parameter of the screen size to take a desired screenshot on Mac.
  2. Quick access all the capture files, share and edit all the screenshots.
  3. Follow mouse and take specific area around the mouse.
  4. Set up hot keys to take snapshots, start/close record, etc.

7) Take a screenshot with FoneLab

Download and install FoneLab Screen Record on your computer, and then launch it.

screen recorder homepage

Choose Snapshot in the interface. Choose the capture area, and then you can edit the screenshot as you like.

fonelab screenshot

Click the save button to save the screenshot to folder.

3. Differences between handy methods to take screenshots on Windows 10

What are the differences between these handy methods to take screenshots in Windows? Here is the chart you can learn more detailed information. If you are using Windows 8/7/XP, you might find some of the features of Windows Snipping tools are not available.

Features Windows Snipping tools FoneLab Screen Recorder
Shortcuts Default shortcuts to capture screenshot Setup snapshot hotkeys to take screenshot
Drawing Panel No available, have to edit with photo editing programs. texts,callouts, lines, ellipse, arrow, airbrush, etc.
Area Selection Capture full screen and difficult to customize Follow mouse to capture screenshots in Windows
Save Screenshots It does not automatically save your screenshots Auto save the screenshots and easy to retrieve
Editing features No available, have to add the screenshots to other programs Just further edit the screenshots within the program.


When you need to take a screenshot in Windows, you can find some handy methods from the article. If you use the keystrokes to capture screenshots in Windows, you have to crop or edit the screenshot within another program.

What is more frustrated, you might be difficult to find callouts or other editing tools.

FoneLab Screen Capture is a versatile snipping tool to capture videos, record audio files and take snapshots. If you have any query about how to take screenshot in Windows, you can share more information in the comments.

If you are a Mac user, you can check the post about How to take screenshot on Mac to learn more tips for it.

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