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Screen capture with keyboard: There are several ways to capture an image on the screen while using Windows, whether it's images, text, or the visible part of the site you are visiting

Of course, a lot of external programs can be downloaded from the Internet, which offers more options, but they are Windows built tools that allow the keyboard to be used for capture, but it's limited. With keyboard, you can save only the full screen

» Screenshot with keyboard

  • On your computer keyboard: - Press the key Windows LogoWin + PrtScr buttons PrtScr (also known as PrntScrn, PrtScn, PrtSc or Print Screen SysRq)

buttons Win + PrtScr

  • On the laptop keyboard: - At the same time press Fn + PrtScr keys

press keys Fn + PrtScr

Copies the entire screen image to the clipboard, which you can then paste into the Paint editor that is part of the Windows system. To edit the image, open the "Paint" image editor installed in Windows using one of the four methods described below:

1.) - Open the route Start → Programs → Accessories → Paint

2.) - Or at the same time press Windows LogoWin + R buttons R on the keyboard

at the same time press Win + R

- In the dialog box Run, type the command mspaint then click OK. After pressing the OK button, Paint appears

mspaint exe

3.) - Or make a shortcut on your desktop where you can access at any time:

  • Step 1: Right-click on Desktop and select the New link in the mouse menu, then from the pop-up menu, left-click on the icon Shortcut

create shortcut

  • Step 2: In the Create Shortcut window, type the mspaint command, then click on Next button

type the mspaint command

  • Step 3: After clicking Next, the shortcut name automatically appears in the input field. Click on the Finish button. Finaly click on the created icon on the Desktop to launch Paint

4.) - Or simply download this pre-made, compressed command file that will launch the program as soon as you click on it. (Unzip on Desktop and click on mspaint.cmd). Download ... »»

If you've launched Paint, paste the image from clipboard using the Paste option (or use the Ctrl + V key combination if it works). Of course, if with the above described method, you have already cropped the screen capture in the clipboard. If not, repeat the cropping of the image as described above. The image is automatically taken from the clipboard in the Paint editor where you can add text, color, notes, or resize, etc.

The image is taken from the clipboard

To save the image on your computer, click the File button in the top menu of the program, then from the drop-down menu choose Save as ..., and in the File Manager window that appears, click on the black, small down arrow on the right of the File Type field to choose multiple file types, or choose an option from lateral, right. Just click on any file icon. Finally, click on the button Save

Click the Save button

» Where the images are stored

If you do not start Paint, or you want to edit the images later, pressing the Prt Scr key will only notice one screen flash, nothing else. It's like nothing would have happened, but in this case Windows will save the screenshot automatically to the Pictures library in the Screenshots folder, and is available in: C:\Users\username\Pictures\Screenshots

After C:\Users\ the username is name what you specified during the installation, and being displayed on the Lock Screen, when you want to signed in to Windows

You can edit the pictures in the folder at any time with any other image editor at a later date


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