How to take a screenshot in Windows 8

If you would like to take a screenshot in Windows 8, you don’t have to download any fancy tools, you can use the built-in Windows 8 apps to do that.

How to make a nice screenshot in Windows 8

Take Screenshots via SnippingTool:

 In Windows 8 go to C:\Windows\System32\ by opening the Windows 8 explorer. Double-click on SnippingTool

Access Windows 8 snipping tool to take screenshots

You can quickly access this tool if you pin it to your taskbar. If you have enabled the classic Windows 8 Start menu, you can also pin it to your Start menu.

This tool is easy to use to take a screenshot on Windows 8. Simply click on New and draw a rectangle to take a screenshot of a specific area:
Take a screenshot

To take full-screen screenshots it’s best to use tools like Fraps that can also record screenshots while you’re ingame or using a fullscreen application.

Take Screenshots via PrtScr

Of course, you can also still use the PrtScr key on your keyboard to take a screenshot in Windows 8. This is probably the easiest way to take shots. The screenshots will be automatically copied to your clipboard. Open up a tool like Paint, Pain.Net, Gimp, Painto Shop Pro, Photoshop or any other image editor and hit CTRL + V to insert your screenshot and save it to your hard drive.

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One Response to How to take a screenshot in Windows 8

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Thomas said:

    WinKey-PrintScrn saves a png to the default picture folder.

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