How to Make a Screenshot on Windows 10

Capturing your screen has always been a very popular feature. On Windows 10, there are different ways to makescreenshots, from the classic image capture to that of a GIF. Here’s how to do it.

Computers have long been able to capture an image of what’s happening on their screen, in other words, take a screenshot. Over time, the means to do so have multiplied, as have the features that come with them.

Whether it is natively or by a software to be installed, Windows 10 has several ways to makescreenshots. From a simple capture to a GIF, here’s how to make the perfect screenshot.

Take a classic screenshot

Windows offers a very effective tool for taking a “no-frills” screenshot. To launch it, the key combinationWindows, Shift and Smust be used.

The screen will darken and a small window will open at the top of the screen with 4 options:

  • Capturing a part of the screen with a rectangular shape
  • Capturing a part of the screen with a free form
  • Capturing a window
  • Capture entire screen

After you have taken your screenshot, a notification will appear to offer you to modify and share the image, click on it to open the software “Screenshot and Sketch” .

From this screen you can draw on it, highlight a part of the image, crop it or measure it with a virtual ruler.

Once you’ve made your changes, you can either save the image to your computer, share it through an application, or even open it in another Software program to continue editing it in software such as Photoshop.

ShareX: for more advanced captures

If you need more functionality, many screenshot services offer more advanced tools than Microsoft’s. ShareX is one of the best known. This software is open source and provides the same functionality as the Windows tool, plus some welcome features such as screen recording in video or GIF.

You can download it directly from the website dedicated to the software.

Here’s how to make a screen recording in GIF via ShareX :

  • Open ShareX
  • Press dedicated keyboard shortcut (for a GIF it will be Ctrl + Shift + Print).
  • Select the area to be captured and left-click it
  • Let the software record
  • Press Stopat the edge of the capture area
  • Go back to ShareX and you’ll see your GIF waiting for you there.

The result will depend on the architecture of your computer, if its graphic part is powerful, you will be able to have a fluid and quality result and conversely if it is not a very powerful product.

In addition, ShareX offers an automatic sharing system on variouscloudstorage services such as Dropbox, Google Photos or Imgur. Just enter your login and each time a screenshot will be taken with ShareX, it will beuploaded on the services provided. Basically, the images will be saved in the Documents and in the ShareX folder.

Choosing between one of these two services will depend on your desires, if you are looking for a simple software that will achieve the bare minimum, but perfectly, the Windows capture tool will be fully sufficient. If you want something more advanced with cloud compatibility and more recording possibilities, ShareX is the perfect solution.

In any case, you can forget the old “Print Screen + Paste to Paint” technique!




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