Taking Screenshots on Windows 11: A Complete Guide

Screen capture, screenshot—whatever you call it, this is a distinctive way of snapping a picture of whatever is on your computer screen.

It’s super useful for adding images to presentations or sharing conversations with coworkers. Whether you need to save something important or just want to share what you’re seeing, screenshots are the way to go.

And guess what?

Key Takeaways:

  • Press Windows Key + Print Screen to save a screenshot directly to the Screenshots folder.
  • Press Win + Shift + S to open the Snipping Tool and select a part of the screen to capture.
  • The Snipping Tool allows for different types of captures and editing before saving.
  • Use Xbox Game Bar (Windows Key + G) to take screenshots and record gameplay.
  • Screenpresso, Lightshot, and Greenshot are useful third-party apps for taking and editing screenshots.
  • These screenshot methods work on any Windows 11 laptop, including ASUS, ACER, DELL, and HP.

There are several easy ways to take a screenshot on your Windows 11 computer.

Want to capture the whole screen? Or maybe just a part of it? Prefer using keyboard shortcuts or an app? No problem!

Let’s dive into all the different ways you can take a screenshot on Windows 11.

By going through these steps mentioned below, you can easily take screenshots on any Windows 11 laptop, be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or any other manufacturer.

Take a screenshot of the entire screen:

Unlike Macs, the easiest way to take a screenshot of your whole screen is to press the ‘PrtSc’ key on your keyboard.

When you press this key, the screenshot is copied to your clipboard. You won’t get any notification, but you can see the screenshot by pasting it (Ctrl-V) into an app like Paint, Microsoft Word, or even an email.

Take a screenshot using windows key:

Alternatively, to capture a screenshot in Windows 11 is much easier by simply pressing the Windows key + print screen button together. This will take an instant screenshot of your screen.

  • Step 1: Press both the Print Screen and Window buttons simultaneously.
  • Step 2: After that, your screen will become dim for a while before switching back to normal brightness, meaning that a screenshot had been taken successfully.
  • Step 3: Unlike Windows 7, screenshot will be automatically saved as an image in the Screenshots folder, which is inside the main Pictures folder.

Take a screenshot of only a portion of the screen

If you only want a screenshot of part of your screen, Windows 11 has a handy option for that.

Press Win + Shift + S, and your screen will dim with a small Snipping Tool menu at the top.

This menu lets you:

  • Rectangular Snip: which allows you to select a rectangular area to capture
  • Freeform Snip: which allows you to draw an irregular shape to capture. The area around your shape will be black
  • With Window Snip, you can capture a specific application window
  • Full-screen Snip: Capture your whole screen (like the Print Screen key)

The screenshot goes to your clipboard, so you can paste it (Ctrl-V) anywhere to view it.

Here is how it looks like:

When you press Windows + Shift + S. It gets dim and there are four options like this:

windows button + Shift + S result screenshot

When you select the portion you want to save, it looks like this:

select the area you want to save. After Windows + Shift + S

As you select the portion, it’s automatically saved. So, it’s a great tool to save an important part of the screen or image.

Secondly, if you click the Snipping Tool preview that shows up at the bottom of the screen, you can edit the screenshot (crop, rotate, etc.) and save it to your computer.

Use the snipping tool:

The Snipping Tool is a part of Windows 11 that helps you take high quality pictures of different parts of your screen. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
  2. Type “Snipping Tool” and click on the app to open it.
  3. Click on “New” inside the Snipping Tool.
  4. Choose the type of snip you want: “Rectangular Snip,” “Freeform Snip,” “Window Snip,” or “Full-screen Snip.”
  5. Use your mouse to select the part of the screen you want to capture.
  6. The picture you capture will appear in the Snipping Tool editor. You can add notes or make changes to it.
  7. Click on “File” and then choose “Save As” to save your picture wherever you want.

When you need to capture specific parts of your screen or add notes to your pictures, the Snipping Tool is really useful. Another tool called Snip & Sketch, which is even better, came out with Windows 11.

Take a screenshot by using snip and sketch:

Snip & Sketch is a tool that came with Windows 11. It’s useful for taking pictures of your screen and adding notes to them. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. To open the Snip & Sketch tool, press the Windows key along with Shift and S.
  2. Click and drag your mouse to select the part of the screen you want to capture.
  3. The picture you capture will be saved automatically.
  4. A message will appear at the bottom of your screen, allowing you to open the picture in Snip & Sketch to add notes.
  5. In Snip & Sketch, you can draw, highlight, or add text to your picture.
  6. When you’re done, click on the save icon or press Ctrl + S to save your picture.

With Snip & Sketch, taking, marking, and saving pictures of your screen in Windows 11 is easy and fast. Many Windows users like it because it’s simple to use and has lots of useful features.

Use Xbox Game Bar:

The Xbox Game Bar helps you take screenshots and record gameplay on your computer if you’re using Windows 11.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. In Windows 11, press the “Windows key + G” on your keyboard. This will bring up three small windows stacked on top of each other.
  1. In the small window that appears, look for four buttons at the top-left corner. The second one from the right is for taking screenshots, and the third one is for recording your gameplay.

However, there’s a catch with taking screenshots this way. You can only capture what’s on your screen at the moment. The camera icon in the game bar works like pressing “Windows + Alt + PrntScr” on your keyboard.

Every screenshot you take in this way will be automatically stored in the Videos -> Captures folder.Then you can edit or add notes to them using any image editor you like.

Third party Apps to Take Screenshots in Windows 11:

Windows has many apps that you can use to take screenshots, but these are the best for Windows 11:

Screenpresso:

Screenpresso is one of the best screen capturing apps for windows. It has several editing features. Some options are free while others requires buying them. On Windows 11, Screenpresso will enable you to:

  • Take pictures of scrolling pages and individual screens
  • Edit snapshots with numerous tools
  • Highlight or blur parts of a picture
  • Record video and more

Lightshot:

Lightshot is a tool you can use on different devices to take pictures of what’s on your screen. It doesn’t use up too much of your device’s power. It comes with a simple editing feature, so it’s easy to use. It’s a good option for taking pictures on Windows 11. With Lightshot, you can:

  • Capture and edit screenshots for free
  • Quickly share screenshots online
  • Customize hotkeys for taking screenshots

Greenshot:

Greenshot is an open-source screenshot software for Windows that can be downloaded for free. This means that anyone, from programmers to writers and team leaders, can benefit from using it. In Windows 11, having Greenshot will allow you to:

  • Capture the entire screen, a selected area, the current window, or scrolling pages
  • Highlight or blur parts of the screenshot
  • Export screenshots to email, printer, or Microsoft Paint

How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11 Laptops (ASUS, ACER, DELL, HP):

All these laptops have the same easy methods as i have mentioned above for taking screenshots, as long as they have Windows 11. Whether you are using an ASUS, ACER, DELL or HP laptop it is just as simple as pressing few keys.

To capture the whole screen, just hit Print Screen or Fn + Print Screen, depending on your keyboard setup. 

If you want to snap the active window, press Alt + Print Screen. And for capturing a specific area, all you need to do is press Windows Key + Shift + S.  Just like that, no complications! These tricks work like a charm on all these laptops!