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How to Take Screenshots in Windows 11

Snapping an image of your screen is super handy, whether you’re using a smartphone, a tablet, or a PC running Windows 11. Microsoft’s desktop operating system has long had numerous options for capturing images from your PC’s screen—perhaps too many. Fortunately, Windows 11 simplifies the situation. We’ll show you the best ways to take screenshots on your computer with your brand-new OS. The methods range from long-standing keyboard shortcuts to the more modern, capable tools that let you do things like set timers for the screenshots as well as editing and sharing them.

Since well before Windows 11, you’ve been able to snap a screenshot with the press of a single key: PrtSC. Some keyboards spell it out to the full Print Screen. Tap this key to copy the full desktop image to the clipboard. Then paste the image into any app that accepts pasted images, such as Paint, Paint 3D, or Adobe Photoshop.

If you just want to capture just the currently active application window, add the Alt key, for Alt-PrtSc. Just as with the whole-screen capture operation, using this key combo saves the current window to the clipboard, and from there you can paste it into an imaging application.

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