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Windows 8: Quick & Easy Screenshots

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Windows 8

Windows 8 includes a fantastic feature to take screenshots (images of what’s on your screen) quickly and easily. Traditionally, to take a screenshot in Windows 7 and below, you would need to hit the PrtScn key, then open a photo program like Paint or Photoshop, and go to Edit > Paste (or Ctrl + V) and save the image.

On Windows 8, you can simply hold down the Windows key (the windows icon on the keyboard next to the Ctrl key) and hit PrtScn, and a screenshot will be saved to your My Pictures\Screenshots folder as a PNG format image. This popular image format can be read by windows and by most photo software.

So next time you want to show somebody something in Windows 8, or save an error or warning that comes up on the screen, hit the Windows Key + PrtScn key and you’ll have a screenshot saved for you.


P.S. For detailed instructions on how to take a screenshot in other operating systems, check out

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2 Responses to “Windows 8: Quick & Easy Screenshots”

  1. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Hi Team,

    Please give us a list of useful improvements in WIN 8, apart from the ‘Touch Screen’ feature. I’m also surprised that this saving of print screen shot by default feature has to wait until WIN 8, as it is no different from the standard file saving feature of Windows.

  2. kathy says:

    awesome tip

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