How to Take Screenshots on Windows 11 (7 Best Methods)

You must capture a screenshot if you want to show other users exactly what you see on your computer screen. A screenshot, sometimes referred to as a screengrab, is an image that captures everything displayed on your computer screen.

You can take a screenshot on your Android, iPhone, or even on the new Windows 11 operating system. Taking screenshots isn’t just handy; it could be a time-saver, especially when you need to demonstrate something that would otherwise be difficult to explain in words.

How to Take Screenshots on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you get a built-in tool and a few free third-party options to capture and share screenshots with others. Hence, this article will list the few best and easiest methods to capture screenshots on Microsoft’s new Windows 11. Let’s check out.

1. Take a Screenshot using the PrtSc key

Although there are many ways to take a screenshot in Windows 11, the handiest option is the PrtSc button on your keyboard. Regardless of which Windows version you use, you can instantly press the PrtSc key to capture a screenshot.

PrtSc key

The only drawback of the PrtSc function is that it only captures the items displayed on your current screen. You won’t be able to capture long scrolling screenshots or specific regions with PrtSc. If you only press the PrtSc key on your keyboard, the screenshot will be saved on the clipboard. You need to open the Paint app to paste the screenshot you captured.

To capture a screenshot, just open the screen you want to capture and press the PrtSc key. This will capture the screenshot; next, open the Paint app and press the CTRL + V button. This will paste the screenshot.

2. Take a Screenshot using Windows + PrtSc Key Combination

Windows + PrtSc Key

If you don’t want PrtSc to save your screenshots to the clipboard, you must utilize this key combination. Pressing the Windows + PrtSc Key together captures the screenshot and gets saved to the Pictures > Screenshot folder.

3. Use the PrtScn with OneDrive

The OneDrive client for Windows has a feature that automatically saves the screenshots in the OneDrive cloud folder.

We have mentioned this because it’s a bit different than the standard PrtScn option because it doesn’t require opening an app and pasting the screenshot from the clipboard.

You just need to configure the OneDrive client to automatically save screenshots that you capture to the OneDrive Screenshot folder. Here’s what you need to do.

1. To get started, right-click on the OneDrive client on the taskbar.

2. Next, select Settings to open the OneDrive client.


3. In the OneDrive Settings, switch to Sync and Backup.

Sync and Backup

4. On the right side, enable the toggle next to Save screenshots i capture to OneDrive.

Save screenshots i capture to OneDrive

After making the change, press the Print Screen key to capture a screenshot. Once captured, the screenshot will be automatically saved to OneDrive. You can access the saved screenshots from any device.

4. Using Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is a built-in utility of the Windows operating system that captures screenshots. The Snipping Tool feature is available on Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.

To use the Snipping Tool on your Windows 11 operating system, follow some simple steps below.

1. First, open Windows 11 Search and type in Snipping Tool. Next, open the Snipping Tool from the list.

Snipping Tool

2. Alternatively, press the Windows + Shift + S key on your keyboard to launch the Windows Snipping Tool.

3. You will find four options to capture screenshots – Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, and Fullscreen Snip.

different options to capture screenshots

4. Depending on the type of screenshot you want to capture, select the option and capture the screen.

Paste it

5. Now, you will be able to view the screenshot. Right-click on the image and select the Save as option to save it on your storage device.

Save as

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can use the Snipping tool to capture screenshots in Windows 11.

5. Capture Screenshot using the Xbox Game Bar

In this method, we will use the Xbox Game bar to take a screenshot in Windows 11. However, to use the Xbox Game bar, you need to enable the feature on your device. For that, follow our guide –

1. First of all, press the Windows + G key on your keyboard. This will open the Xbox Game bar on your device.

open the Xbox Game bar

2. On the top, click the Widgets option and select the Capture Widget.

Capture Widget

3. On the Capture Widget, click the camera icon to capture the current app or desktop.

click on the camera icon

4. The captured screenshot will be saved to C:\Users\[username]\Videos\Captures folder. Browse the folder, and you will find your screenshot there.

It’s pretty easy to capture screenshots on Windows 11 with the Xbox Game bar, and the best part is that the utility is free to use.

6. Capture Screenshot using Lightshot

Lightshot is a third-party screenshot utility that’s extremely lightweight and free to use. You can rely on the Lightshot utility to capture screenshots and annotate the images. Here’s how to use Lightshot.

1. First of all, download & install Lightshot on your Windows 11 computer.

install Lightshot on your Windows 11

2. The Lightshot app icon will be added to the system tray.

system tray

3. Click on the Lightshot icon and select the area you want to capture.

LightShot icon

4. Once done, you can edit the image or create an instant sharable link.

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can use Lightshot to capture screenshots in Windows 11.

7. Use Third-Party Screenshot Utilities

Lightshot is not the only third-party screenshot tool available for Windows. You have many other options available as well.

Third-party screenshot tools for Windows provide you with more control over your screenshots. For example, you can draw on screenshots, add texts, etc., immediately after capturing a screenshot.

Also, several screen recording tools of Windows let you capture screenshots. For a list of the best screenshot tools, check our guide – Best Windows Screenshot Tools.

Also Read: 10 Best Screen Recorder for Windows 11

You get plenty of ways to capture screenshots in Windows 11. You can even use other third-party screenshot tools to capture screenshots. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts, let us know in the comment box below.


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