How to Take a Screenshot on Windows

Quickly screen capture on Windows with a screenshot shortcut, snipping tool, or Bandicam. Bandicam allows you to easily capture your screen, as well as screen record your camera and gameplay. You can also take scrolling screenshots and copy protected text on Chrome/Edge web browsers.

Take screenshots on Windows 10/11 and Windows 8/7/Vista!

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Try Screen Capture Software, Bandicam

By taking a screenshot on a computer or laptop with Bandicam, you can save your entire computer screen (or a specific part displayed on your PC screen) as an image file such as PNG, JPG, or BMP. You can also use Bandicam's real-time drawing tools to capture images by adding pen marks, text, arrows, numbers, etc., or use the logo overlay function to add logos and take screenshot images.

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How to Use the Windows Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a screenshot tool included in Windows Vista and higher. This tool can screen capture in various modes such as Rectangular, Free-form, Window, or Full-screen.

  • To open the snipping tool, tap on the taskbar’s search field, type in “Snipping Tool,” and Select.
  • In Windows 10 or 11, you can use the snipping tool by simply pressing the "Windows key + Shift + S" shortcut.
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Capture images using the Print Screen shortcut

By pressing the Print Screen [PrtScn, or PrntScrn] button on your keyboard, you can take a screenshot of your current screen or active windows.

  • To capture only the active windows, press the "Alt + Print Screen" keys and paste (Ctrl+V) the image into programs such as Paint, Word, email, document, etc.
  • If you press the "Windows key + PrtScn" shortcut on Windows 10/11, it will take a screenshot of your entire desktop screen and automatically save it as a file to your Pictures > Screenshots folder.
Take a Scrolling Screenshot of a Website

How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot of a Website

If you need to capture a complete page, press the F12 key in your Chrome or Edge browser and use the "Ctrl+Shift+P" keys to open the Run Command. Then, type 'Capture full size screenshot' in the command and press Enter to download your full-page screenshot. This screenshot will be saved as an image file (*.png) to your Downloads folder.

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How to Copy Text from a Blocked Site in Chrome or Edge

To copy texts from a website that won’t let you select them, you can try disabling javascript. Press the [F12] key in your Chrome or Edge browser, and click the gear icon settings button. Then, check the “Disable JavaScript” option from the Debugger section in the Preferences settings. Now, you can select protected texts and copy (Ctrl+C) them from that web page.

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Take a screenshot on a PC

Bandicam is a free screen capture software that lets you take a screenshot on a laptop or computer by selecting an area.

  • Select the 'Rectangle on a screen' or 'Fullscreen' recording mode, and press the camera icon or the hotkey (F11) to capture the screen.
  • After capturing your screen with the "Ctrl + C" shortcut, you can paste (Ctrl+V) it into programs such as Paint, Word, PowerPoint, email, document, etc.

» How to take a screenshot (Screen capture)

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Draw on a screen in Windows and capture

Bandicam supports a real-time drawing tool that allows you to add annotations such as highlighter, lines, arrows, boxes, or numbers on a screen.

  • First, choose 'Rectangle on a screen' or 'Fullscreen’ recording mode, and click the 'Pencil' icon to use the drawing function.
  • You can then add arrows, highlighters, and text to the screen and take a screenshot by clicking the camera icon.

» How to draw on your PC screen

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Screenshots with dual/multiple monitors

Click the 'Select a recording area' option in the menu, and then click on an empty area on the Windows desktop to select the entire monitor as the capturing area. Next, press the image capture hotkey (F11) to capture the whole monitor as an image file.

  • Press the image capture hotkey (F11) to take a screenshot of the whole monitor as an image file.
  • Hit the recording hotkey (F12) to screen record the whole monitor.

» How to capture dual/multiple monitors

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Repeat screen capture

Bandicam allows you repeatedly take a screenshot on your laptop or computer. If you set repeat capture to "1,” the screen capture will repeat every "1 second.” It can be set from 0.1 seconds to 9999 seconds.

  • Press the image capture hotkey (F11) to start or stop continuous screenshots.
  • You can take a picture of the screen and save it as a JPG, PNG, or BMP file. Set the image format and quality in Bandicam's image settings.

» Bandicam - Image settings

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Capture your screen and save it as a video file

You can also capture your screen activity and save it as an AVI or MP4 video file with the Bandicam screen recorder. Choose the screen recording mode, and hit the REC button or the hotkey (F12) to start/stop the recording.

  • You can record not only your computer screen but also gameplay, webcam, capture cards, and then save them as video files.
  • With Bandicam, you can capture your screen with audio such as computer sounds or your voice.

» Capture your PC screen

Frequently Asked Questions for taking a screenshot

1. How can I take a screenshot of only one monitor in a multi-monitor?

Bandicam allows you to select a specific monitor on multiple monitors to take a screenshot or record. Select the Fullscreen recording mode and choose the monitor you want to capture. Then, click the camera icon or hotkey (F11) to capture only the selected monitor.

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2. How do I take a screenshot of my desktop?

It’s easy to capture your screen from your computer with Bandicam. You can take screenshots of your entire desktop screen (or specific areas of it) by clicking on the camera icon in Bandicam. Moreover, you can record your desktop screen and create a screencast.
» Details can be found on this Screencast Software tutorial page.

3. What is the best free screen capture software?

Bandicam is the best image capturing and video recording software. It will fully satisfy both beginners and advanced users who need a tool that allows them to capture and create screenshots.
» Find out more in this screenshot tutorial.

4. How do you take a still image from a video?

You can take a still image from a video and save it as a PNG file using Bandicut, a video editing software.
» Here is a guide, "How to Capture a Still Image from Video," to help you get started.