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How to take a Screenshot in Windows 7?

Windows now has different ways of capturing the screens. With every upgraded version it is getting into, Windows has been updating its tools for better performance and reliability. Taking a screenshot is the best and quick way to capture and share your screen other than downloading each detail and making a note of them. In this article we will get into some of the simple methods of how to take a screenshot in Windows 7.

Windows uses some shortcut keys and also some cool tools to take the screenshots. You can either take the screenshot of the entire screen or you can just take screenshots of only the window you want to. One can also draw free forms and rectangular forms to make a note of your screen using the Snipping tool available in all the versions of windows. You can directly save the respective screenshots into your picture library or you can paste them onto paint, edit them and then save them into your folder.

Taking Screenshot in Windows 7

There are some common methods implied to all the versions of Windows by Microsoft. In addition to these the successors of Windows 7 i.e, Windows 8 and Windows 10 have got some new tools to take and share screenshots. Though the Windows 7 does not carry any pre applied tools in its menu, it has the best user friendly screenshot methods in the entire house. Here are some basic methods of taking a screenshot in Windows 7.

A) To take the full Windows screenshot

To capture your entire screen you can follow the below steps.

1) Set the window space of which you want to take the screenshot
2) Press the Prnt Scrn key
3) The image is saved to the clipboard
4) Open paint or any photo editing application and press CTRL+V
5) Edit your screenshot and then save it onto your desired folder.

Full window screenshot

B) Taking a Single Window Screenshot

To only take a single window screenshot refer to the below listed steps.

1) Open the window of which you want to take the screenshot
2) Press ALT+Prnt Scrn keys
3) The image is saved to the clipboard
4) Open paint or any photo editing application and press CTRL+V.
5) Edit your screenshot and then save it onto your desired folder.

Paint screenshot of single window

C) To take a Screenshot and save it directly onto a folder

To take a screenshot and directly save it onto a folder follow the below illustrated steps.

1) Open the window/screen of which you want to take the screenshot.
2) Press Win+Prnt Scrn keys.
3) The window is captured and directly saved.
4) To access the picture go to pictures library and you will find the Screenshots folder. You can find your picture named Screenshot(number.png).

Screenshot folder in My pictures

D) To take a screenshot using Snipping Tool

To take a screenshot using Snipping tool, go through the below illustrated steps.

1) Open the respective Window of which you want to take the screenshot
2) Open snipping tool
3) Select new and select the shape you want to crop
4) You can select the rectangular form or the free form. A free form can crop your image of any desired shape.
5) Crop your image and save it.

Select the snipping tool from start menu
Select the snipping form

Those are the few methods to take screenshots in Windows 7. You can also use some paid tools available on net to take the screenshots of your desired screens.

Taking a Screenshot in Fn key supported keyboards

For the keyboards which use the Fn keys the Prnt Scrn key is designed to perform multiple functions. In the normal keyboards the prnt scrn key is specifically used for screenshot purposes unlike the Fn key supported keypads. Therefore, when you press the keyboard shortcuts that include Prnt Scrn key, Windows does not take a screenshot. Press the Fn key to unlock the top row of keys and then use these shortcuts.

Fn key keyboard
  • Fn + Prnt Scrn – makes a screenshot of the whole screen and copies it to the clipboard. It is the equivalent of pressing the standard Prnt Scrn key.
  • Fn + Windows + Prnt Scrn – takes a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it as a file on the hard drive. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. It is the same as pressing Windows + Prnt Scrn on a standard keyboard.
  • Fn + Alt + Prnt Scrn – takes a screenshot of the active window. It is the equivalent of pressing Alt + Prnt Scrn on a standard keyboard.

To conclude: So those are the above tricks and steps to deal with taking Screenshots on Windows 7. For more of some interesting tech stuff visit Morphigo.com and delve into some cool articles. Comment your views below and share the content. Cheers!

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