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Tips for “Screenshooting” faster in the Windows 10

I am sure all of you know that there exists a very useful button on your keyboard called the PRINT SCREEN button. The uses of this button are limitless both in a personal and professional life.  Primarily this button is used to capture a snap of the entire screen and copies it to a clipboard which may be in Paint, Word, Powerpoint or any other relevant software.  However, you need to Print Screen and then paste it in the relevant clipboard, where you can crop or edit the picture to your liking. And you would have thought the latest innovations in technology in eliminate this roundabout process without spending a lot of money on an expensive app. Finally Windows 10 has!

Windows 10 now has new screen capture option where you can directly capture and save without having to edit or save in an external program. This can be done using the hotkey combination of WINDOWS KEY and the PRT SC button.  The picture will be saved in This PC > Pictures > Screenshots by default. However this can also be changed accordingly. This will take the screenshot of the entire picture. If you would like to take the screenshot a particular window, then you can hold the ALT + PRT SC button. But make sure that the desired window is clicked and active. This will required you to paste it paint to edit and save.

 

The next little trick that you can use is to save it to MS OneDrive, or Dropbox, which will allow you to save your snapshots to the cloud platform automatically. This removes the hassle of individually uploading it to the site. The screenshot taken using the only Prt Sc will be to OneDrive > Pictures > Screenshots or Dropbox > Screenshots.

To directly download to OneDrive follow the following steps:

  • Taskbar > Notification Area> Show hidden icons
  • Right-click on the OneDrive icon > Settings
  • Open the Auto Save> check the box beside Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive.

 

To directly download to DropBox:

  • Taskbar > Notification Area> Show hidden icons
  • Right-click on the Dropbox icon.
  • Click the settings drop-down in the upper right corner of the window that appears.
  • Then click Preferences > Importtab > Check box in Share screenshots using Dropbox.

 

You can also take screenshots using the SNIPPING TOOL and it’s the best free-to-use when you only need specific segments of the screen. To use follow the instruction below:

Start button > SNIPPING TOOL in the Search bar > Click on APP

When capturing an window, select NEW from the main drop down menu and select Window Snip and click on the desired window, which will be available in the Snipping Tool application to edit and save accordingly. You can even change the shapes and dimensions of the “snip” accordingly to your needs

So, now you have the acquired the basic tutorial for snipping, cutting and saving with ease. “Happy Screenshooting”.

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