How to Take Screenshots on Windows 8.1

Taking screenshots is a feature that has been present in pretty much all versions of Windows to date, and Windows 8.1 is no exception to this. If you’ve recently made a switch to Microsoft’s newest operating software, you may find yourself somewhat confused as to the process of taking a screenshot. There is no need for you to worry though, as we’re here to guide you through the whole thing.

Method 1

  1. Press the Prt Scn (Print Screen) button on the keyboard. This is the easiest, simplest and most commonly used method for taking screenshots. The screenshot will automatically be taken the second you press this button.

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  1. Next, go to any image editing program like Paint and press the Ctrl and V simultaneously to paste the screenshot on the blank canvas. Just save it in PNG, JPEG, or any other format you want.

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Method 2

  1. Press the Windows and Prt Scn keys simultaneously on the keyboard. What differentiates it from the previous method is that it does not require you to use any image editing program or third party tools. Certain laptops require you to press the Fn key along with Windows and Prt Scn key to give the command.

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  1. You can see the captured screenshot in Pictures library in the file named screenshots.

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Method 3

  1. Press the Alt and Prt Scn keys simultaneously on the keyboard to take screenshot of the active Windows. You can get access to the image immediately after pressing the buttons. Just go to the picture library and check the folder named Screenshots.

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Method 4

  1. Try the Snipping tool as it is also a great desktop tool for taking screenshots. It comes with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The method of getting access to snipping tool is different for different versions of Windows. If you are using Windows 8.1, then click on Start screen to view pinned apps. If Snipping tool is not pinned to the Start screen, click the arrow pointing downwards at the bottom-left corner of the screen to see all installed apps. There you will find the Snipping tool.

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  1. You can do minor editing with the Snipping tool. The good thing about this method is that you can take customized screenshots with it. It can also take screenshots of a specific area or object.

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Note: You can also use third-party applications to capture screenshots on Windows 8.1.

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