We will show you how to create screenshots quickly and easily with on-board tools in Windows 10.
Use free tools for screenshots
Windows 10 also provides on-board means to create screenshots. Although there are many additional tools on the market that are also available for free, in most cases it is sufficient to work with the in-house features of Windows 10.
Free tools to take screenshots include “Greenshot” and “PicPick”. The two tools have the advantage that they can make easier screenshots of individual areas in Windows. In addition, you can use the tools to edit the screenshots and store arrows or other objects.
Save screenshot additionally as a file
With the key combination Windows + Print you create a screenshot of all screens in Windows 10. That means, when using multiple monitors, the tool creates a screenshot from the desktops of all monitors to a file and to the clipboard. You can insert the screenshot again in any compatible program. Either use the Edit menu and “Paste” or the shortcut CTRL + V. In addition, the screenshot is saved as a file in the user profile (C: \ Users \ <username> \ images) in PNG format.
Background screenshots sent to your email on specified intervalls
If you want to make screenshots in the background without the user being noticed, you can also use a Software called “Wolfeye”. The program makes screenshots on a regular basis and sends them to your email address. That way you can remotely review what has been done on the computer and monitor the user activity. The Wolfeye Software can be downloaded on www.wolfeye.us .
Extended possibilities of a screenshot
If you only press the print key, no file will be created, but the screenshot will only be saved to the clipboard. Here you can insert it again with CTRL + V into a graphics program like paint or another program.
If you want to take a screenshot of the active window, use the key combination Alt + Print. The screenshot is not saved as a file, but in the clipboard. Here you can insert it again into another program.
Edit screenshot with on-board media and cut out
If you use the on-board tool “Snipping Tool”, you can take a screenshot and edit it immediately. The snipping tool, which you can also access most quickly via the start menu, helps to create and edit screenshots. You can copy a section of the desktop to the clipboard by dragging it with the mouse and save it directly as a graphic file. This feature is more efficient than pressing the Print button and copying an entire window. With the Snipping Tool you can selectively mark individual areas and edit the image, save it or send it directly by e-mail.
If you start the creation of a screenshot in the tool, the desktop fades out, and you can use the mouse to draw a frame around the areas from which you want to take a screenshot. Click on New to create a new screenshot. The small arrow next to Mode allows you to specify in advance how you want to take the screenshot. There are several options available:
Free Cut – if you activate this menu item, you can select a free area with the mouse. The mouse then pulls no rectangle, but behaves like a pair of scissors.
Rectangular Cut – This feature is active by default when you launch the tool for the first time. For further starts, the activated cut-off function remains active. You draw a frame around the part of the desktop that you want to photograph.
Cut window – If you move your mouse over a window, the tool will automatically mark the whole window. The function is similar to the key combination Alt + Print.
Cut Full Screen – This feature will take a screenshot of the entire desktop, as well as the print button.
The basic settings of the tool are made via the Options button. If you turn off the statement text, the tool will no longer show you how to take a screenshot. This is useful, for example, for users who create serial screenshots.