How to take a screenshot on Windows 11

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How to take a screenshot on Windows 11 | Windows 11 desktop screen
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If you have no idea how to take a screenshot on Windows 11, this guide will help you out.

Although Windows 11 comes with some UI and UX changes, the basic functions like taking a screenshot are still the same as on Windows 10. Yet, some may find it difficult to take a screenshot on the newest Windows OS.

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No worries, this guide will teach you about the different ways to take a screenshot on Windows 11.

How to take a screenshot on Windows 11

Although taking a screenshot is a simple task, it can be tricky for some users. As you are probably aware, Windows allows you to take a screenshot of the whole screen or just parts of it.

Depending on your specific needs, you can use different methods to take a screenshot on Windows 11. We'll share two easy methods to take screenshots, and you'll only need these two no matter what you are trying to screenshot.

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Using the PrtScrn Key

It is arguably the easiest method to grab a screenshot on Windows. If you want to take a screenshot of the whole screen, this method is the way to go.

To take a screenshot on Windows 11, press the PrtScrkey or Windows + PrtScr or Windows + Fn + PrtScr keys. The combination depends on the layout of your keyboard. You will get the idea when you look at your keyboard.

Skip to the last section to see where you can find the screenshots you have taken using this method.

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Using the Snipping Tool

It is the go-to screenshot tool for many people. If you want to take a screenshot of a particular part of your screen, this is your best option.

To take a screenshot on Windows 11 using the Snipping Tool, first press the Windows + Shift + S keys. Your screen should dim a bit and you will be able to see the ‘Snipping Tool’ bar on top of the screen.

Next, you can either choose to take a rectangular screenshot, a free-form screenshot, a screenshot of a particular window, or a full-screen screenshot by clicking on the respective buttons.

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Where do screenshots go on Windows 11?

All the screenshots you take using the PrtScrkey method go into the Pictures > Screenshots folder on your Windows 11 computer.

On the other hand, screenshots that you take using the Snipping Tool are copied to your clipboard which you can then paste into a space that allows picture insertion.

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However, if you click on the "Snip copied to clipboard" banner, you can edit your screenshot and save it anywhere you want on your Windows 11 system.