How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11 [4 Ways]

How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11

Taking screenshots while doing work sometimes becomes crucial and it is very easy to take a screenshot on mobile phones but what if you are working on Windows 11? If you don’t know how to take a screenshot on Windows 11 then you have come to the right platform. In this article, we will guide you through the best methods that help you to take a screenshot on Windows 11.

How to Take a Screenshot on Windows 11

Method 1: Press the Print Screen key on the keyboard to take a screenshot on Windows 11

One of the easiest ways to take screenshot on Windows 11 is using a Print screen key on the keyboard. The print screen key is labeled as PrtScr or PrtScrn on the keyboard. Follow the given below steps to execute this method:

  • Firstly, locate the Print Screen key on the keyboard. Usually, in most of the keyboards, it is located at the top right section of the keyboard.
  • And then press the Print screen and Win key together on the keyboard to take a screenshot of the whole screen.
  • This will save the screenshot to the clipboard. Now, it is your wish to paste the screenshot wherever you want. 

Method 2. How to Autosave the screenshot

In case you want to capture the screenshot and save it automatically on your Windows 11. Then follow the given below steps:

  • Press the Windows+ Print screen key together on your keyboard. It will take a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • If you take the screenshot this way it will automatically saved in the picture folder.
  • To get the image open the picture folder, inside it, you will see a Screenshots folder. Open it and you will find that picture there.

Method 3: How to Take a Screenshot of an Active Window 

The above methods are used to take screenshots of the whole screen. However, if you wish to take a screenshot of only the active window then follow the given below steps. 

  • Press and hold the Alt key + Print screen key on the keyboard. 
  • It will capture a screenshot and the picture will be copied to the clipboard.
  • After that, you can paste the picture at your preferred location. If you want to edit it then take it to the paint and then save the edited picture in your preferred format. 
  • Or you want to copy the image and save directly it in your system then press the Windows + Alt + PrntScr keys together on the keyboard. 
  • It will save the screenshot of the active Window directly to the photos directory of Windows 11. 

Method 4: Take a screenshot on Windows 11 using a Built-in Snipping Tool

The built-in snipping tool in Windows 11 has made the task easier of taking screenshots on your PC. However, it does not offer as many features as some of the third-party utilities offer but it has all those features that you require to take and edit screenshots on your system. You need to follow some of the basic steps to take screenshots on Windows 11 by snipping the tool.

  • For this, firstly you need to click on the Windows start menu and type snipping tool in the search bar, and then click on the application to open it.
  • When the snipping tool window appears you can choose among the four options for selecting the type of screenshot you want.
  • There are four options available rectangle, window, full screen, and freeform.
  • After selecting the option click on the new button to start taking the screenshot.  
  • Now, drag the cursor to the window and then release it to take a screenshot.
  • After this, the screenshot will pop up in the snipping tool window.
  • Now, you can use the tools to do any kind of edit in the screenshot and click on the floppy icon to save it.
  • In the snipping tool, you get various features like annotate, crop, and many more. 
  • The latest version of the snipping tool also has a feature that enables you to recognize and copy text from screenshots.
  • You can also set a timer to take a screenshot with its delay option.

Method 5: Take a screenshot on Windows 11 using the game bar

The Xbox game bar allows its users to record their games. So it is another way of taking screenshots in Windows 11. Using the game bar you can capture the on-screen gameplay action on your system.

  • Firstly, press the Windows + G keys on the keyboard to open the game bar.
  • It will display three small windows on your computer screen. In the capture window, you will see four options. 
  • Initially, you will be confused about a screenshot or recording options. 
  • So, the option of having a camera allows you to take a screenshot, and the option that has a dot lets you record your gameplay.
  • If you use this method you can only take a screenshot of the active window.
  • All the taken screenshots will be automatically saved to the directory windows > captures.
  • You can then edit or annotate these screenshots with the image editor of your preference.


If you don’t know the process of taking screenshots in Windows 11 then this article is helpful for you. By following the method given in the article will surely help you to take screenshots. I hope by following the above steps you can take a screenshot of an entire or partial screen as per your requirement. 

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Ayushi Jain

Ayushi Jain is a technical writer at Windowsradar. She's been writing software guides, and troubleshooting articles for about 4 years now and has covered many detailed topics. She is a tech geek who loves to write about different OS like Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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