Take a screenshot It is very common today. A very useful function that is available in almost all operating systems and goes beyond the always used print screen that many have used since the beginning of the Windows era.
In the Microsoft operating system, as in the Mac, there are key combinations that save work by avoiding having to use the mouse to move through the different menus. So let’s go through the main options to further express the possibilities offered by the screenshots.
Using only and exclusively Windows 10 we are going to give a twist to the well-known Print Screen key (Print Screen or PrtScr). This way we can capture the whole screen, but we can go a little further by adding different types of capture according to our requirements.
- PRTSCR: This is the most popular method that allows a normal screenshot to be saved to the clipboard. With this method we’ll need a drawing application like Paint to paste the content from the clipboard and save the screenshot in the location we specified.
- ALT + PRTSCR: This combination captures the active screen and is saved to the clipboard. What we capture is only the window or the element that we have in the foreground and like the previous one, it requires a program to remove it from the clipboard.
- WIN + SHIFT + S: This is a combination that opens the options for selecting a zone for taking a screenshot and also saves the content on the clipboard. With this system, the Crop and Sketch controls open at the top to choose between two crop options to take screenshots or make a conventional capture. The screenshot is taken from the clipboard using a drawing program such as Paint.
- WIN + PRTSCR: With this combination it is possible to create a full-screen image that is saved in a folder that we specify. This is the only option where we forget about Paint because the content doesn’t stay on the clipboard but is automatically saved in PNG format in your default folder for captures.
How to change the Screenshot destination folder
If necessary, you can change the current folder where the screenshots are saved. A very simple process that we go into detail and that by accessing the “Windows File Explorer” first.
As soon as we are inside, we dive into the option in the left column to access the “Images”, look for the “Screenshots” folder and right click on it to bring up a drop down menu where we need to highlight the option “Properties”.
A properties window opens and we look for the “Location” option from the top menu. You’ll see a screen where you’ll be shown where the captures are now saved and under various options: “Restore default settings” to switch to the default location, “Move” to change location by moving content and “Find Destination” to open the currently selected folder.
Finally we choose the option “Move” and then a dialog box will open with a browser in which you specify the new destination for the folder in which the screenshots are to be saved. Windows will ask us to confirm the action and the process will be finished.