If you want to take a screenshot, you can do it quickly and easily under Windows. A screenshot creates an image of the current screen display. With Windows 8 and 10, taking screenshots has become even easier in contrast to earlier Windows versions. With the instructions I start with the newest Windows versions, then come older versions and tips for notebooks.
Screenshot programs for screenshots
Some people use complex photo programs for this, which is completely unnecessary. For Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 / 8 and 10 have a simple key function that create screenshots of the screen.
This screenshot function – already integrated in the operating system – is in most cases quite sufficient to create simple screenshots.
If you follow the instructions for taking screenshots in this tip, you can save the money for expensive screenshot programs!
Create screenshots with Windows 8 and 10
For Windows 8 and 10, press the "Windows key" and "Print" shortly at the same time to create a screenshot of the screen. If you have several screens connected to the PC, a screenshot (= 1 image) is created from both screens in this way.
Windows 8 Saves these screenshots in Explorer (can be opened with the key combination "Windows key" and "E") under "Libraries"> "Pictures"> "Screenshots".
Windows 10 saves the screenshot in the explorer under "This PC"> Folder "Images"> Folder "Screenshots".
You can also take several screenshots in a row with Windows 8 and 10, which will then be saved in the above folder under different numbers.
Take a screenshot of the whole screen
(Instructions for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7)
Simply press the "Print" or "Print Screen" on your keyboard. Windows creates a screenshot, which is stored in the clipboard. The "clipboard" is a temporary, hidden memory in every PC, which stores data for a short time (z. B. to copy or cut).
To view the screenshot, you have to copy the saved image either into "Word" or an image editing program.
The easiest way to do this is to use the key combination [Ctrl] – [V] (press control and V – at the same time) – for English keyboards [Ctrl] and [V] – or by using the insert key.
With some image editing programs (Photoshop, Corel Photo Paint) you have to create a new file first (click on File> New click) to then paste the image into this file.
Take a screenshot of an open window
(instructions for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7)
If you want to take a picture of an open window only, you have to open a window (must be active (= marked)). Press simultaneously [Alt Gr] and [Print].
The image then ends up in the clipboard again and can be copied (as described under 1. described) can be inserted into any viewer program.
Take screenshots on notebooks or keyboards with the "Fn" function key
(Instructions for notebooks with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7)
On some notebooks or keyboards that have an "Fn" function key, the screenshot function unfortunately does not always work as specified above. For example, on the notebook "Fujitsu-Siemens Esprimo" you have to use a different key combination.
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Here the key combinations work:
- Screenshot full screen: [Fn] + [Print]
- Screenshot of the active window: [Fn] + [Alt] + [Print]
So don’t give up right away if it doesn’t work immediately with the screenshot. Sometimes small modifications are necessary depending on the manufacturer. If you know of such exceptions, I would be very happy if you add them below the tip in the comments.
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