How Do I Take a Screenshot on My Computer?

There are various methods available to you for taking screenshots on your computer. One way is through keyboard shortcut, which copies it directly into the clipboard for easy pasting into programs that support inserting images (such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint). Another popular way is using Windows Snipping Tool which captures anything visible on your screen including programs and windows; or third-party software like LightShot which will override Windows default PrtScn key action and instead open LightShot each time PrtScn key is pressed.

There is a quick keyboard shortcut that will instantly save a screenshot as a PNG file on your PC. This method is the fastest and simplest of them all – press both Windows key and PrtScn key together until your screen dims temporarily; your screenshot will then be stored to your Pictures folder as PNG file.

To use this shortcut, it is necessary to have the window you wish to capture open and active on your screen, with any unnecessary windows closed off. When ready, hold down Alt and press PrtScn to copy an image to your clipboard; from there it can be pasted into an application that supports images by right-clicking its area and selecting Paste.

The Snipping Tool is a built-in program included with Windows 8 and later, as well as Windows 10. This program enables you to capture a specific window or program by pressing Windows key and using mouse pointer to draw a rectangle around that portion of screen you wish to capture, before saving a PNG file to Pictures folder within Screenshots folder.

LightShot, a free third-party app available to Mac users who haven’t upgraded to Mojave or Catalina yet, enables them to take screenshots by dragging their mouse or trackpad across the screen to highlight an area. After taking a snapshot, users can crop, edit, and save their image file directly through this program.

LightShot is easy to use: simply download and install the program using its keyboard shortcut, select an option from its menu bar at the top of your screen to take pictures of either your entire screen, an individual window, or selections within them. After taking your photo you can instantly start editing in LightShot editor – adding text, shapes, arrows – before saving and uploading your final product directly onto websites or social media platforms.

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