Screenshots are the easiest method of taking a screen snapshot in Windows, and in fact, the platform has always had a special key ( ImpPt) to do this with one click. But in the same way that Windows has progressed over the years, so have the methods of taking screen prints. And in this sense, we currently have different alternatives to do the captures, such as the ImpPt key , the clipping tools and also some third-party programs. These are the ways to take screenshots in Windows 11.
Method # 01: Use the screenshot key (ImpPt)
1, Take Full Screen Capture and Copy to Clipboard Using ImpPt Key
The easiest and fastest way to take a screenshot in Windows 11 is by simply pressing the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Although this will not save the image to your computer, it will copy it directly to the clipboard and it can be pasted into any editing application, or even the Paint application that is built into the OS. To paste the screenshot in the desired place, just start the corresponding application and then press CTRL + V (the keyboard shortcut to paste).
Over the years, the ImpPt functionality was incorporated into Windows and some additional shortcuts were added to perform this function: This is all you need to know about the ImpPt key and how to take screenshots with it.
2, Take a full screenshot with the Print Screen (ImpPt) key
If you want to capture the full screen of your device, you must press the Windows + ImpPt keys on your keyboard at the same time . This action will take a screenshot of the full screen and the copy will be stored in:
C: / Users / <User name> / Images / Screenshots
Screenshots will be named and numbered automatically. Also, they will be stored in PNG format. If you want to change the file type from PNG, simply open the image in Paint and save it in whatever format you want – JPEG, GIF, etc.
3, Capture active window to clipboard with ImpPt
In Windows 11 it is also possible to capture the active window by simultaneously pressing the Alt + ImpPt keys . This will take a snapshot of the currently active window and copy it to the clipboard. Later in this guide you will see how to save screenshots as an image. If you want to store it in the cloud or send it through instant messaging, you will only have to paste the capture in the desired location and it will be automatically uploaded to the servers.
4 to capture a portion of your screen using the keyboard shortcut Windows + Shift + S .
If you want to take a partial screenshot of your screen, you must press the Windows key shortcut + Shift + S on your keyboard .
You will see a rectangular selection tool on the screen and all you have to do is one click to draw the box on the screen you want to capture. You can paste this capture into any supported text field, such as the body of an email or an image sharing site. You can also paste the captured area as a new element in any image editor you have on your computer.
Where are screenshots taken with the Print Screen key stored?
Screenshots will be stored in local memory or copied directly to clipboard (depending on the case):
If you decide to capture the entire screen, the copy will be stored in PNG format in the following location on your PC:
C: / Users / Username / Images / Screenshots
On the other hand, if you decide to capture a part of the screen or an active window, these will be temporarily copied to the clipboard but will be deleted if you copy something else, so it will be necessary to take the capture again. In that case, you can save the capture by either pasting it onto a blank canvas to create your own image, or pasting it into a supported field to create or upload an image from it. Use the following guide to save the screenshots to your local storage drive in PNG or JPEG format.
How to save screenshots taken with the Print Screen key to the clipboard as PNG or JPEG
In Windows 11, you must capture an active window (or a part) of your screen as you normally would and, once the capture is made, open the paint . The quickest way to do this is to press the Windows + S keys and then open the Paint program .
When Paint runs, the first thing you should do is reduce the size of the canvas to a size smaller than the size of the captured image.
Then press ‘Ctrl + V’ on your keyboard to paste this screenshot.
Click on the ‘ File’ menu in the upper left corner of the program, and then select ‘ Save As’ .
Choose the location where you are going to store the capture, enter the name and select the format in the drop-down menu (below the field where the name is placed).
When you’re done, click ‘ Save’ .
This is all! Now the capture is stored in the desired location and in the selected format.
Method # 02: Use the Snipping Tool
In addition to the ImpPt key , Windows 11 includes the ‘ Snipping Tool ‘ tool to simplify the process of screenshots. With this tool you can capture your screen in different ways, as with the ImpPt key , but in a simpler way and without having to memorize so many shortcuts on your keyboard. Next, follow the guide that suits you best according to your needs and requirements.
Activate Snipping Tool using a keyboard shortcut (The easiest way)
A keyboard shortcut will allow you to activate the Snipping Tool in Windows 11. Press Windows + Shift + S on the keyboard to activate the Snipping Toolbar.
At the top of the screen, you will see four crop / capture options. The last option, that is, Close Snippets , will allow you to close the tool. Choose the desired option and take your screenshot:
- Rectangular Snipping : When you activate ‘Snipping Tool’ in Windows 11, this will be the default tool on your computer. The function allows you to capture any figure or rectangular format on your screen.
- Window Clipping: On certain occasions you may only need to capture a particular window (rather than the entire screen). In those cases, when trying to take a free-form or rectangular capture it could be difficult to match the exact shape of the window: for that we have the option to capture any active window. Follow the guide below to do so.
- Full Screen Snipping : With the Snipping Tool you can easily take a screenshot of the full screen of your device.
- Freeform Cropping: With this mode you can make free screenshots of any shape or format.
After taking your screenshot, a notification will open in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on this notification to open the capture in the application, where you can make all your annotations.
In the toolbar, located at the top, you will see some available options. The option to capture a new screen is located to the left of everything, the different ways to annotate are located in the center of the toolbar, while the option to zoom, save, copy to clipboard and share are at the bottom right in the same sequence.
Let’s see what are the different options that the application offers us.
- Pen: This tool allows you to emulate the stroke of a pen to draw or write on the cutout. When you press the pen, you will see an arrow below it. Selecting this arrow will access a window that will allow you to select the color of the plot or modify the thickness of the line (using the slider located at the bottom of this window).
- Highlighter: As you can guess, this tool simulates being a highlighter that you can use to annotate and highlight relevant issues in the screenshot taken. As in the previous tool, click to select and use the highlighter in your annotations, or select the arrow to open the color and thickness selection window.
- Draft: Were you wrong? No problems, this tool will allow you to delete any annotation you have made in your screenshot. Just click and drag the eraser over any previous annotation to remove it from your screenshot. In addition, if you want to erase all the annotations you have made, you can click on the arrow that you will see below the eraser (after clicking on it) and select ‘Erase all ink’. This action will delete all the annotations you have made in the screenshot.
- Rule: Drawing straight lines can be a very difficult task when working digitally on images. Luckily, the ruler is here to help you do exactly that: straight lines. Select the Ruler in the toolbar at the top and you will immediately see a ruler on the screen. Then move the ruler to the desired position (you can also right-click on the ruler to rotate it in any direction). When the ruler is in the desired position, select one of the annotation tools and then press the mouse button and drag the cursor along the ruler. The result should be a straight line at your chosen location.
- Touch writing: This is a unique feature for tablet, touch, or pen users. This option can be used in the Snipping Tool to easily switch between input devices and to easily annotate on the screen. It works alongside one of the tools that we will see below, depending on your choice.
- Image cropping: Was the screenshot not cropped wrong? In that case you can use the Image Crop option to improve it. Click on the cutting tool -available in the upper bar- and then press and drag the corners until you can adjust the image cropping according to the desired margins.
It will take a few minutes for you to learn the different functions of this application which, by the way, is quite simple and has a really simple user interface. It is important to mention that the ‘Snipping Tool’ offers us improved editing options.
One of the advantages of using the ‘Snipping Tool’ is that you can also modify the settings to launch it automatically when you press the ImpPt key .
To activate this option, open the ‘ Start Menu’ , search for ‘ Settings’ and click on the result to start the application.
Here you will see various settings available in the list on the left, select the ‘ Accessibility’ option .
Within the ‘ Accessibility’ settings , scroll down and in the ‘ Interaction ‘ section select ‘ Keyboard ‘.
Next, you will have to scroll down again and you can activate the function by clicking on the button next to the option ‘ Use the Print Screen button to open the screen clipping ‘.
It is recommended to restart the computer for the changes to take effect in all applications. Once restarted, just press ImpPt or Fn + ImpPt (depending on the case) to start the ‘ Snipping and annotation’ tool .
Activate Snipping Tool from the application
Press ‘Windows + S’ on your keyboard to bring up the Windows 11 search menu and then search for ‘ Snipping Tool’ . It is not necessary to type the full name so that you can see the result.
When you see the application, you simply have to press on it to launch it.
After launching the application from the search menu, click ‘ New’ to make a rectangular cutout of the screen.
If you want to crop a window or a freeform, click on ‘ Mode’ and select the desired option. Above you have a detailed description of each of the available cropping formats.
So, getting back to where we were, click on ‘ New’ and drag the mouse over the screen to capture a part of it according to the selected function.
If you want to take a screenshot of a pop-up window, or of a tool’s description, then you should use the ” No delay ” function. Select the period of time after which you want to take the screenshot, then choose the desired mode. The delay option works with all four available modes.
After setting the time period to take the capture, and having selected the mode, make sure that the tooltip or tool description appears on the screen within the selected time period, then trim using the method seen above.
The capture will be added to the Snipping Tool so that you can edit and save it according to your preferences.
You can use all the options seen above to get the most out of the Snipping Tool when taking your screenshots.
Screenshots in Windows 11: What you should know
Now we will see some additional recommendations that could be useful when taking a screenshot in Windows 11.
Where the ImpPt Key Is Located
Well, this could be quite a challenge depending on the type of keyboard you are using. You can use the information available below to locate the ImpPt key on your keyboard.
- Standard Size Keyboards: In these cases it is very easy to locate the ImpPt key on your keyboard. Look at the area of the arrow keys on your keyboard and above the ‘ Delete’ and ‘ Insert’ keys you will see the ImpPt or SysRq key , to the left of the Lock key . SCROLL .
- Compact Keyboards : In most compact keyboards you will find the ImpPt key near the arrows, at the bottom of the keyboard, usually it is located between the right Alt and Ctrl keys . If it isn’t there, it’s probably on the Fn key row or the top row of numbers.
- Laptops : This is the most complex part. Because each laptop usually has its own keyboard layout that can differ from the rest, unless you have opted for one that conforms to the industry standard. In most cases, you will find the ImpPt key in the upper right corner of your keyboard, but if not, you will have to inspect the entire keyboard until you locate it. Sometimes the ImpPt key can be combined with another key and it will be necessary to use the Fn key to activate it.
I can’t find the ImpPt key on my keyboard
If you cannot find the ImpPt key on your keyboard, you will need to contact the manufacturer. Although it is unlikely that the ImpPt key was excluded from the keyboard, if you opted for an extremely compact one, there might be a slight chance that this was indeed the case. In addition to this, many keyboards tend to combine ImpPt with another key and in that case you will find them sharing the same space, usually it is for example next to Lock. Disp . or some other. However, to locate the ImpPt key on your computer with certainty , we always recommend contacting the manufacturer of the computer.
We hope this guide has helped you learn how to use the different Windows 11 methods to take screenshots. If you run into any issues, we invite you to mention them below in the comments section.