How do you take pictures of the computer screen?

How to take a screenshot on Windows 10 with the PrtScn key

The simplest way to save a copy of whatever is on your computer screen is to simply press the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard. It’s usually labeled “PrtScn” (or something very similar) and is located in the top row, among or near the Function keys.

On some keyboards (particularly laptops) you might need to trigger the Print Screen using the Function key (in other words, hold the Function key and then press PrtScn).

The PrtScn key copies the entire screen to the cli
The PrtScn key copies the entire screen to the clipboard, so you can paste it elsewhere, but there are several modifier keys you can use to change the way this key works. Source: Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Windows features several PrtScn variations:

  • Press PrtScn. This copies the entire screen to the clipboard. You can paste the screenshot into any program that displays images, like Paint or Microsoft Word.
  • Press Alt + PrtScn. This copies the active window to the clipboard, which you can paste into another program.
  • Press the Windows key + Shift + S. The screen will dim and the mouse pointer will change. You can drag to select a portion of the screen to capture. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard, which you can paste into another program. (This shortcut only works if you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed, called the Windows 10 Creators Update.)
  • Press the Windows key + PrtScn. This saves the entire screen as an image file. You can find it in the “Pictures” folder, in a subfolder called “Screenshots.”

Different types of image

Pixel images

Images can be saved in a number of formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG and GIF. These formats all use pixels in some way to store the picture.

Vector graphics

Not all images use pixels. 'Vector’ graphics are made up of lines, curves and shapes instead of pixels. Each part of a vector graphic is editable and they can be resized very easily.

Vector graphics are great for making diagrams or graphics. They can’t normally be used to store photographic images.


Play games

Games are another popular thing to do with your computer no matter what your age is. Below is a listing of different games for different age groups.

  • Children learning games – There are hundreds of games for young children (12 and younger) that are not only enjoyable to play but often also educational.
  • Teenager and older games – By far the most popular games, the games that are often played for entertainment value.
  • Learning games – Numerous learning games for all people and all age groups. For example, many flight simulators are available that help users learn to fly, and at the same time are really enjoyable.
  • Online games – Users who have access to the Internet also have access to millions of free online games sites, like MSN games. Online game sites feature hundreds of games you can play against other Internet users from around the world.

Third-party screenshot tools

That’s the rundown on native Windows and macOS screen capturing tools, but there are third-party apps that can take even better screenshots and recordings and give you more editing options. Lightshot and TinyTake (for Mac and Windows) have detailed annotation functions, while ShareX (Windows) has a long list of capture options, like scrolling and GIF creation, on top of its editing tools.


Take Pictures with Computer Camera Windows 10

As is well known, there is a pre-installed application, which is named “Camera” on Windows 10 computers. The camera application is so single-function that you can only change your photo’s resolution and frame rate rather than any other property. That may cause inconvenience to you. 

How to Take Picture with Windows Camera App:

But if you value convenience as the essential element, you can check the following steps. 

Step 1. Click the search box from the taskbar at the bottom left and type in the word “camera.” Then, click the Camera app to launch it. 

Step 2. Face your Webcam toward whatever you want

Step 2. Face your Webcam toward whatever you want to photograph. You should see your subject’s image on the screen. 

Step 3. Click the

Step 3. Click the “Take Photo” button on the right side of the Camera app. After that, tap the thumbnail at the bottom right to check the picture that you just took. 

Use your spreadsheet

Some of today’s computers also include a spreadsheet program. Below are some of the things you could do in a spreadsheet program.

  • Create a listing of numerical values. For example, you can create an electronic version of your checking or savings account, allowing you to see the total amount in each account.
  • Create a listing of statistics, for example, Computer Hope keeps statistics of how many users visit its pages. These statistics can be viewed to see an increase or decrease in values.
  • Create a listing of contact information or other information that can be sorted and viewed by different columns.

Take Picture with Webcam Windows 10 Online 

In addition to the applications we mentioned, some online camera tools can be easily used. If you want to add some special filters, overlays, and other effects to your picture, try to use those online tools. 

#1. Webcam Toy

It is a very trendy online Webcam recorder among young people all around the world. They usually utilize Webcam Toy to take selfies and share those pictures on social media platforms to surprise their friends. 


  • Various mirror effects and color effects
  • Output pictures of high-resolution
  • Powerful video and photo editing tools are available
  • Easy-to-use interface 

How to Take Pictures on PC with Webcam Toy:

Step 1. Open the homepage of Webcam Toy. Click the “Ready? Smile!” button at the center of the user interface.

Step 2. You can tap the Effects option to select y

Step 2. You can tap the Effects option to select your favorite one, then click the camera icon to take a picture. 

Step 3. Fewer seconds later, click the

Step 3. Fewer seconds later, click the “Save” button at the bottom right and choose the folder to save your picture. 

#2. Pixect

#2. Pixect

Pixect has more functions than another online Webcam recorder we mentioned above. You can use it to record both photos and videos. Therefore, if you want to show some dynamic scenes to your friends, Pixect could be a fantastic choice. 


  • Webcam effects for Photos and videos
  • Spot Remover and Color Spray
  • Multi-Frame capture mode 
  • Flip, rotate, and crop photos online

How to Take Picture with Webcam with Pixect:

Step 1. Open the homepage of Pixect and click the “Get started now!” at the center of the interface.

Step 2. Select the effect and photo collage, then

Step 2. Select the effect and photo collage, then click the camera icon to take a picture. 

Step 3. Click the

Step 3. Click the “Save” button to save the picture you just took.

How to capture part of your screen

If you want to grab a single window, a quick paragraph of text, or a photo, you can screenshot a selection of your screen using various keyboard shortcuts or easy-to-use tools that are already baked into your operating system.


Capturing your screen on Windows

To capture just the active or foremost window, press Alt+PrtScn. (If you’re on a laptop, you might have to also tap Fn at the same time.) The image will get copied to your clipboard for you to paste wherever you want.


To capture something that normally disappears when you press the Alt key—like a drop-down menu—press Ctrl+PrtScn instead.

If you want to select a portion of your screen to grab, hit Windows Key+Shift+S. In Windows 10, this will open the “snipping bar,” which we’ll explain below.


  • Using the Snip & Sketch app

Screenshot: David Murphy


Windows 10 has a screen capture app called Snip & Sketch. With Snip & Sketch, you can define areas of the screen to capture (an irregular shape, a rectangle that you draw, a selected window or the entire screen), annotate the screen capture and share your screenshot via email.

If you don’t use the Windows Key+Shift+S keyboard command to launch a miniature version of Snip & Sketch, you can launch the full app by clicking Start and typing “Snip & Sketch” into search. Select New to start a new snip and select the capture type (rectangular, free form, windowed or full-screen). The image goes to your clipboard, but you’ll also see a pop-up prompt to annotate or share right from the Snip & Sketch tool.


  • Using the Snipping Tool

Screenshot: David Murphy


Windows 10 still has the older Snipping Tool, too; launch it by typing its name after clicking your Start button. From there:

  • Click Mode to select the type of screen grab you want to take: a free-form drawing, a rectangle drawing or a full window. Then, use your mouse to select the area of your screen or window you want to capture.
  • To draw over or highlight parts of the screenshot, click the pen or highlighter buttons in the menu. You can also set a timer in the utility, which is useful if you need to give yourself a few seconds to get your shot ready—perhaps if you need a screenshot of a context menu, for example.


Once you’ve got your screenshot, you can save it, email it or copy and paste it into another application.

Capturing your screen on macOS

To capture a specific area of your screen, press Cmd+Shift+4. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair and you can drag around the area you want to capture.


To capture a specific window or something like the Dock or menu bar, press Cmd+Shift+4 and then hit the space bar. The crosshair will turn into a little camera and highlight the window or objects you can capture.

To capture what’s on your Mac’s Touch Bar, if your Mac has one, press Cmd+Shift+6.


  • Using Screenshot

Screenshot: David Murphy


macOS Mojave (and later) also has a tool for taking screenshots called—obviously—Screenshot. You can access it using Cmd+Shift+5 or under Applications > Utilities.

When you open Screenshot, a floating toolbar will appear at the bottom of your screen. You can select whether you want to capture: a selection, a specific window or the entire screen. You can also set up a 5- or 10-second timer delay (found under Options).


The default setting saves your screenshot to your Desktop, but you can select other destinations under the Options menu.

  • Using Preview

Screenshot: David Murphy


macOS’s built-in PDF viewer has a screen capture tool. that lets you annotate and edit you screenshot right away, then choose a folder to export or save to. Open Preview and go to File > Take Screenshot. You can grab a selection (drag the crosshairs), a window (press Enter) or the entire screen (a countdown gives you a few seconds to move windows around).

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