Several apps and shortcuts are available to capture screen in Windows. Snip & Sketch, Snipping Tool are both built-in apps. Windows 10 now has a new way to take a screenshot(s). The new ‘Snip & Sketch’ tool is a replacement to Snipping Tool. It is relatively easy to use the new Snip & Sketch tool.

In this guide, you will learn how to take screenshots and where to find them in Windows 10.

Here are the apps that will help you in taking a screenshot in Windows 10:

1. Snip & Sketch

taking screenshot with snip & sketch in windows 10

Before moving forward with features, here are the types of screen snips that you can take with Snip & Sketch:

  • Rectangular Snip
  • Freeform Snip
  • Window Snip
  • Fullscreen Snip

The new Snip & Sketch tool is more comfortable to access and makes it easier to share screen captures, but it lacks an important feature that keeps me a fan of the Snipping Tool. I will come to that later.

Taking a screenshot in Windows 10 with ‘Snip & Sketch’

You can access the tool with a shortcut key or by using the app.

  • Press Windows Key + Shift + S
  • Snip & Sketch will open
  • Choose screenshot mode
  • Take screenshot

The next thing you’ll see is a notification that opens into the ‘Snip & Sketch’ app. You can save your screenshot from there or make changes to it.

You can also open the app and click the New button in the upper left area to start taking a screenshot.

Cons of using Snip & Sketch

The shortcut key for screenshot in Windows 10 is great and is very helpful, but there’s something that bothers me about ‘Snip & Sketch,’ it disappears after taking the screenshot and takes you to the main app. However, updates might bring some changes to it.

You can also choose to save your snips with an outline, which can be enabled in the Snip & Sketch settings.

2. Snipping Tool

taking screenshot with snipping tool in windows 10

The Snipping Tool has been around since November 7, 2002, in Windows Vista. After opening it, click on the New button to begin the screen capture process. The default cropping type is a Rectangular Snip, but you can also make Free-form and Full-screen along with a Window Snip.

The cropping tool does not automatically save screenshots; you have to save them before quitting the application; however, it automatically copies your captures to the clipboard.

Snipping Tool has the same features as the Snip & Sketch, but Microsoft will merge it with the Snip & Sketch app in future updates.

3. Print Screen Key (PrtScr)

Another way of capturing a screenshot is to use the Print Screen option. To capture the entire screen, press the Print Screen key (aka PrtScr). Your screenshot will be saved in the Screenshots folder (OneDrive > Pictures > Screenshots) and will also be copied to your clipboard. It doesn’t show you any tool to edit or crop or do anything with the captured picture.

You can also configure the PrtScr button to open the Snip & Sketch tool by going to Settings > Ease of access > Keyboard > Print Screen shortcut and activate. You might have to restart your PC to make it work.

4. Windows Key + Print Screen

To capture the entire screen and automatically save the screenshot, touch the Windows key + the Print Screen key. Screen dimming will indicate that your screenshot was taken and is saved under This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.

All Windows screenshot shortcut keys

  • Alt + PrtScr
  • Windows + PrtScr
  • PrtScr key
  • Windows key + Shift + S

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  1. After reading your blog now I am working with the Snipping Tool. And it’s a very easy and helpful tool to take screenshots. Thanks for this wonderful piece of article and keep posting.

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