Screenshots are super important when you want to capture the data on the computer screen. The most common way to take a screenshot on a Windows PC is to use the printscreen key. If your keyboard fails or the printscreen button doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture your computer’s screen.
If you’re trying to figure out how to take a screenshot on your Windows computer without using the printscreen button, you’ve come to the right place. This article will walk you through the process so you can continue to take screenshots of your computer screen seamlessly. Keep reading to learn more.
Take screenshots without a print screen in Windows 11
While Windows 11 has new features that have some users excited about, not much has changed in the way we capture our screen. Like its predecessor, the operating system supports multiple ways to capture your screen without using the printscreen key. Here are some of the most common.
How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 11 Using Snip & Sketch Tool
Windows 11 has a built-in snipping tool called Snip & Sketch. With this tool it is possible to take screenshots without the need for the printscreen button. It offers much more flexibility as you can capture the entire screen or just a portion. Follow these steps to use the feature to take a screenshot.
- On your Windows 11 computer, press “Windows + Shift + S” at the same time.
- In the new window, select the full screen icon to capture the entire screen.
- Choose the appropriate icon depending on the kind of screenshot you want.
- After choosing one of the above icons, the screenshot should be captured automatically.
- Click on the pop-up box in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Select “Save As” and give your screenshot a name and a file path.
- Press the “Save” button.
Here’s what the different icons in step 3 mean.
- “Rectangular Snip” allows you to capture part of your window in a rectangular shape by dragging the mouse over the section.
- With “Freeform Snip” you can capture an image of any shape.
- “Window Snip” allows you to take a screenshot of the active window.
- “Fullscreen Snip” captures all content visible on the screen.
Taking screenshots in Windows 11 using the space bar
If your printscreen key is broken or you are just exploring different ways to take screenshots on your Windows 11 computer, here’s how to use the space bar to take a screenshot.
- On your computer, press “Fn + Windows + Spacebar” at the same time.
- To see the screenshot you just took, go to ‘This PC’, then to ‘Pictures’ and finally to the ‘Screenshots’ folder.
Taking a screenshot in Windows 11 using the Game Bar app
The Game Bar app is an excellent way to take screenshots and photos of your game screen. The app is not just limited to games; you can easily capture your screen no matter what program is currently running. Follow these steps to take a screenshot with the Game Bar.
- Press “Windows + G” to open the Game Bar app.
- Click the camera icon to take a screenshot of your active window.
- To find your screenshot, go to “This PC” and then to “Videos” and open the “Captures” folder. You can also open the Game Bar app and go to ‘View my recordings’.
Note: If the Game Bar app does not open immediately after pressing the above keys, search for “Game Bar Settings” and turn on the switch that says “Game clips, capture screenshots and broadcast with Game Bar” .
Take screenshots in Windows 10 without using Print Screen
Like Windows 11, Windows 10 supports multiple ways to take screenshots without using the printscreen button. Here are some.
Taking screenshots with the Snip & Sketch Tool on Windows 10
If you’re using Windows 10, you can use the Snip & Sketch tool to capture your computer’s screen without using the printscreen button. Here’s how to approach the process.
- Press “Windows + Shift + S” at the same time.
- Select the kind of screenshot you want by choosing from the listed icons.
- Click on the widget that appears in the lower left corner of the screen.
- Select ‘Save As’.
- Give your screenshot a name and select the folder where your image will be placed.
- Click the “Save” button.
Capture an entire webpage without using Print Screen
Have you ever wanted to save a web page as a JPEG for offline viewing? Maybe you need to send a page to a friend or your boss, or maybe you just want to have a copy of your favorite article for later. There are a few ways to do this, but most are complicated or time consuming. Until now.
TinyWow is a free online tool that converts web pages to JPEGs easily and quickly. In just seconds, you’ll have a copy of the page you want, just the way you want it. Try TinyWow today and see how easy it is to convert web pages to JPEGs!
Let me show you the quick steps,
- Go to the web page you want to capture and copy the URL.
- Open a new browser tab and search for TinyWow.com.
- Move your mouse to ‘Other’ and then click on ‘URL to JPG’.
- Paste the URL you copied into the box and click “Generate.”
- Wait for the process to complete.
- Voila! Click “Download” and it will automatically save the download files from your computer.
Taking screenshots using the power button on a Microsoft device
If you’re using a Microsoft Surface device with Windows 10, here’s how to take a screenshot.
- Go to your Surface device.
- Press and hold the “Power + Volume Up” buttons.
- The screen should dim and your screenshot should be captured immediately.
- If you’re using Surface version 3 or earlier, use “Windows logo + Volume down” to take a screenshot.
Is the snipping tool the same as the snipping and sketching tool?
Windows 10 and Windows 11 both have the Snipping Tool and the Snip & Sketch as two different apps. It’s easy to confuse the two. While both apps performed a similar task, the Snipping tool is now repurposed to merge with the Snip & Sketch tool for a tailored experience just for Windows 11 users.
What folder are my screenshots in?
To find your screenshots, navigate to ‘This PC’ then ‘Pictures’ and finally open the ‘Screenshots’ folder.
Explore the world beyond the native print screen
As you can see, taking screenshots on your Windows PC doesn’t have to be limited to the printscreen button. The built-in clipping function is a reliable alternative to print screens. It’s free, offers more flexibility in screen capture, and requires no installation. However, there are still many options to explore. Whatever your preference, we hope you can now take screenshots on your Windows PC without using the printscreen button.
Have you tried taking screenshots without using the printscreen key? How did you handle it? Let us know in the comments below.