You might want to take a screenshot on your Windows computer for many reasons. You may be facing a problem and need troubleshooting help from technical support, or you may want to share something with your friends or family. Windows 11/10 makes capturing screenshots straightforward, especially using the keyboard. This post shares a list of methods to use the Keyboard screenshot shortcut key in Windows 11.
What is the Keyboard Screenshot Shortcut Key in Windows 11?
In Windows 11/10, there are several keyboard shortcuts for capturing screenshots. So, if one keyboard shortcut doesn’t work, you can try another one.
- Print Screen (PrtScn) Key
- ALT + Print Screen
- Windows Logo Key + Print Screen
- Fn + Windows Logo Key + Space Bar
Also, different keyboard shortcuts are helpful in different scenarios.
1] Print Screen (PrtScn) Key
This is the simplest way to take a screenshot on your computer. All you have to do is locate and press the Print Screen key (PrntScn) key on your keyboard, and an image of your entire screen will be copied to the clipboard.
After that, you can open Paint and Ctrl + V to paste the captured image and save it in your desired format.
2] ALT + Print Screen
Not in every case do you want to capture the whole screen; this is where the ALT + PrtScn shortcut key combination can be handy.
This keyboard combination will capture only the active window and copy it to the clipboard. Then, you can open Paint and paste the image to save it.
3] Windows Logo Key + Print Screen
This will capture the entire screen and automatically save the screenshot as a file. So, there is no need to paste the image to Paint and save it.
To find your saved screenshots, you must go to Pictures > Screenshots. This is a great option if you want to take screenshots quickly and don’t need to edit or share them immediately.
Read: How to take a screenshot with Mouse Pointer and Cursor included.
4] Fn + Windows Logo Key + Space Bar
In rare cases, your laptop may not have the PrtScn button. In such a case, capture a screenshot using the Fn + Windows Logo Key + Space Bar key combinations.
Once the screenshot is captured, you must use Paint or any image editor to save the image.
How to take screenshot on Windows 11 without Print Screen button
There are other ways to take a screenshot on your Windows computer and they are:
- Snipping Tool: The Snipping Tool allows you to capture specific parts of your screen. You must launch the Snipping tool, select an area on your screen, and save it as a screenshot.
- Game Bar: You can also try out Game Bar, a feature made for gamers. However, you can use it to take screenshots. To use it, you must press Windows Key + G and then click the Camera icon to save the entire screen as a screenshot. Also, to find your captures, you must go to Videos > Captures.
That is all you need to know about the keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots in Windows. If you have anything to add, let us know in the comments.
What is the shortcut for the Screenshot tool in Windows?
To take a screenshot on your Windows computer and save it to your computer’s hard drive, press the Windows key and the Print Screen (PrtScn) key simultaneously. This will capture an image of your entire screen and save it as a PNG file in the Screenshots folder found within your Pictures library.
How do I Print Screen with the F12 key?
To take a screenshot, you usually cannot directly use the F12 key unless you map it to the Print Screen button. However, some newer keyboards, especially those on laptops, may require you to hold down the “Fn” or “Function” key and press F12 to capture a screenshot.