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Windows 10: How to take a screenshot and save it directly as an image file

As you probably know, tapping your Windows PC’s Print Screen key will place a “snapshot” of the current screen contents onto the Windows Clipboard.

This process is commonly known as “taking a screenshot”, and it’s one of the most useful features in all of Windows for many users.

Once it is on the Clipboard, your screenshot image can be pasted into your favorite image editing program. From there you can make changes to the image and then save it to your computer as an image file.

As luck would have it, Windows 10 gives you another very handy option for handling your screenshots…

If you don’t need to edit the image before saving it to your hard drive, you can easily take the screenshot and save it as an image file by pressing a single key combination. Here’s how: 


1 – Press the Windows key and the Print Screen key at the same time.

Note: The Print Screen key is usually labeled either PrtScnPrntScrn or Print Scr, depending on the keyboard.


2 – Press the Windows E key combination to open “File Explorer”, then navigate to the Pictures>Screenshots folder. That folder will contain an image file (in .png format) depicting the screenshot that you just captured.

Note: Any additional screenshots you take using this method will be saved in the same folder with sequentially numbered file names.

Of course Windows 10 gives you other options for capturing screenshots, including pressing Alt Print Screen to capture only the currently active window.


July 7, 2019

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