4 ways to take a screenshot on a Windows 8 laptop

It would seem that what could be easier than creating a screenshot on a laptop, because almost all users are aware of the existence and purpose of the PrtSc button. But with the arrival of Windows 8, there are new features, including various ways to take screenshots. So let's take a look at how to save a screenshot using Windows 8 features and not only.

How to take a screenshot in Windows 8

In Windows 8 and 8.1, there are several ways to save a screenshot: creating a snapshot with system tools, as well as using additional software. Each method is valid depending on what you intend to do with the image below. After all, if you plan to continue working with the screenshot, you must use one method, and if you just want to save the image as a memory - a totally different one.

Method 1: Lightshot

Lightshot is one of the most practical programs of its kind. With its help, you can not only take screenshots, but also edit them before saving. It is also the utility that has the ability to search the Internet for other similar images.

The only thing you have to do before working with the program is to configure the shortcut key that you will use to take the photos. The most convenient thing is to put the standard button to create screenshots Print Screen (PrtSc or PrntScn).

Now you can save images of the whole screen or just part of it. Just press the key of your choice and select the area you want to save.

Lesson: How to take a screenshot with Lightshot

Method 2: Screenshotter

The next product we are going to look at is Screenshotter. This is one of the simplest and easiest to use programs, the name of which speaks for itself. Its advantage over other similar system programs is that with the Screenshotter, photos can be taken with a single click - the image will immediately be saved to the previously specified path.

Before using the program, you need to set a shortcut key, for example PrtSc and you can take screenshots. It is also possible to save the entire screen or only the part selected by the user.

Lesson: How to take a screenshot with Screenshotter

Method 3: QIP Shot

QIP Shot also has some cool features that set this program apart from similar ones. For example, you can use it to broadcast your screen area to the Internet. In addition, it is very convenient to be able to send your screenshot by email or share it on social networks.

Taking a screenshot in Quip Shot is very easy - use the same PrtSc button. Then the image will appear in the editor, where you can crop the photo, add text, frame an area and much more.

Read also: Other screen capture programs

Method 4: Create a screenshot with system tools

  1. A method by which a screenshot can be taken not of the entire screen, but only of a specific element of it. In standard Windows applications, search for "Scissors." With this utility, you can manually select the save area as well as edit the image immediately.

  2. Saving an image to the clipboard is a method that is used in all previous versions of Windows. It is convenient to use it if you plan to continue working with the screen capture in a graphic editor.

    Locate the button on the keyboard Print Screen (PrtSc) and click on it. This will save the image to the clipboard. Then you can paste the image with the hotkeys Ctrl + V in any graphics editor (like Paint itself) and so you can continue with the screen capture.

  3. If you only want to save the screenshot as memory, you can press the key combination Win + PrtSc. The screen will briefly go dark and then return to its previous state. This means that the photo has been taken.

    You can find all the captured images in the folder located at the indicated path:

    C:/Пользователи/UserName/Изображения/Снимки экрана

  4. If you do not need to capture the entire screen, but only the active window, use the key combination Alt + PrtSc. This will copy the screenshot of the window to the clipboard and then paste it into any graphical editor.

As you can see, all 4 ways are convenient in their own way and you can use them in different cases. Of course, you can choose only one option to create screenshots, but knowing the other options will never hurt. We hope that our article has been useful to you and that you have learned something new.

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