Using Print Screen 

Taking a screenshot is simple, regardless of which version of Windows you’re running. There are only a few steps and you should already have access to all the image-editing software you need.


Step 1: Capture the image – Assuming the area you want to capture is displayed on your screen, press the Print Screen (often shortened to “Prt Sc”) key, typically located in the upper right corner of your keyboard, to capture a screenshot of your entire display. Alternatively, press Alt + Print Screen to merely capture a screenshot of the active window.



Step 2: Open Paint: Click the Start menu, navigate to the Windows Accessories folder — or the Accessories folder, if using Windows 7 — and click Paint

Step 3: Paste the screenshot: Once open, click the Paste button in the upper-left corner of the program, choose Edit then Paste, or press Ctrl + on the keyboard to paste your screenshot. 

Step 4: Save the screenshot: Perform any edits you want, such as cropping the image to a specified area, and click the main File option in the top-left corner. Afterward, select Save as, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu. For most purposes, JPG will do fine, but a variety of other formats are available to choose from such as PNG, BMP, GIF, and others. Click the gray Save button in the bottom right-hand corner when finished.


Using the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is another built-in Windows utility that allows users to better define and capture portions of their desktop display as a screenshot. Aside from taking a screenshot of the entire screen and active window, the tool allows free-form outlines and rectangular screenshots for a more adjustable selection, as well as built-in annotation and sharing options.


Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool: Click the Start menu, search and open the program from the Windows search bar. If using Windows 8, click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner, press Ctrl + Tab, or swipe downward from the center of the display to access the Apps View. From there, select the Snipping Tool.

Step 2: Choose the snip type: Once open, click the down arrow to the right of New in the upper-left corner of the program window and select your desired snipping type from the list of drop-down options. The free-form snip allows you to draw irregular shapes, the rectangular snip specified-sized rectangles, the window snip the active window, and the full-screen snip the entire screen.


Step 3: Define the selection: Use your mouse or trackpad to manually define your screen-capture selection. Obviously, the full-screen snip and window-snip don’t provide a ton of leeway in terms of versatility and selection choice, but the latter will still require you to choose the appropriate window before continuing.


Step 4: Save the screenshot: Perform any edits you want, such as highlights or annotations, and click the main File option in the top-left corner. Afterward, select Save As, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu. If your screenshot includes text, you’ll notice increased clarity if you save the file as a PNG. Click the gray Save button in the bottom-right corner when finished.


Information pulled from Digital Trends: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-take-a-screenshot-on-pc/#ixzz48YX1KrjV