How to screenshot part of the screen in Windows 10

How to screenshot part of screen in Windows

Knowing how to screenshot part of the screen in Windows 10 may come in handy. Taking a screenshot allows you to capture the display of your Windows 10 computer’s screen.

Usually, screenshots are taken of the entire display. However, there are times when only a certain area of the screen is needed to be captured.

Instead of cropping screenshots every single time after taking them, you can only snap that required section of your screen.

In Windows 10, there are several ways to take partial screenshots. Today, we will be showing you guys the top methods to take full or partial screenshots on your Windows PC.

Table of Contents

  1. How to screenshot part of the screen in Windows 10
    1. The Snip & Sketch method
    2. The Print Screen key method
    3. The Snipping Tool method
  2. Wrap Up

How to screenshot part of the screen in Windows 10

The Snip & Sketch method

Snip & Sketch is a built-in tool that you can use to capture the computer screen. It provides a variety of options that are very easy to use.

You can take a total of four different types of screenshots through the Snip & Sketch tool.

To proceed with this method, all you have to do is press the Windows key + Shift key + S simultaneously. After that, the screen will dim and a rectangular panel will pop up at the top with five symbols displayed on it.

Here’s what they can do:

  • Partial screenshot: The partial screenshot button allows you to draw a rectangle over the specific area that you want in your screenshot;
  • Free selection screenshot: This option allows you to draw over the specific part that you want to snap with no restrictions of shape or form;
  • Window screenshot: The third symbol allows you to capture any active window that is currently open on your screen. Click on the button then on the particular window to capture it;
  • Full screenshot: As the name suggests, this button allows you to capture your entire screen display;
  • Exit: The last button with a cross symbol allows you to exit snipping mode without taking a screenshot.

When you choose any of the four screenshot buttons and take a screenshot, the image will be saved to your clipboard.

Once the notification of “Snip saved to clipboard” pops up, click on it. (Note that the screenshot pop-up is displayed for a few seconds for you to click on it. If it disappears before you could click, you can access it in the action center.)

How to screenshot part of screen in Windows 10

Now comes the Sketching part: An image editor window will open where you can edit your screenshot before saving it on your PC.

You can find many editing options here in the Sketching window. Be it highlighting or drawing, this tool has all the basics.

Once you’re done editing your screenshot, you can now save it by clicking on the floppy disk symbol.

Windows will ask you for your desired destination to save the image and once you do that, your screenshot will be saved.

The Print Screen key method

One of the fastest and easiest ways to take a quick screenshot is through the Print Screen button.

All you have to do is press the PrtScn key and the system will capture a full screenshot then copy it to the Windows clipboard.

Then you’ll have to paste the screenshot in any program that supports adding images such as MS Paint.

Through this keyboard shortcut, you can snap screenshots quicker.

If that sounds too much work for you, then you can also press the Windows key along with PrtScn button.

Doing so would result in Windows automatically taking a full-screen capture and saving it in the Pictures folder located in File Explorer.

You can crop the image later on if you want to save a certain part of the screenshot.

The Snipping Tool method

The Snipping tool is actually the predecessor of the Snip & Sketch app.

It has been around since Windows Vista, but it has not become fully obsolete yet and you can use it to take screenshots on your Windows 10 system as well.

Although Windows has taken it out of its default location in the Start Menu, you can open Snipping Tool and access it through the search bar.

Just type “Snipping Tool” after clicking on the Start button and then launch the app.

Similar to Snip & Sketch, the Snipping Tool allows you to take different types of screenshots such as the rectangular snip, free form snip, window snip, and full-screen snip.

The difference is that you also have the delay option available to take an automated screenshot after setting a timer.

Once you’ve taken the screenshot, all you have to do is click on “File” then on “Save as” to save your fresh snip.

How to screenshot part of screen in Windows 10

Wrap Up

If the above built-in tools aren’t good enough for you, consider opting for third-party downloadable programs such as screen recorders to snap those screenshots.

Otherwise, we believe these methods should be more than sufficient to help you take screenshots, whether you want them partial or full-screen.

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