No, you do not need to install third-party software to be able to take screenshots on your Windows 11 computer. In fact, Windows 11 has some inbuilt functions to take screenshots.
Speaking of screenshots, there are 4 screenshots used in this blog post itself. Everybody loves screenshots because they illustrate the point effectively.
With that said, let’s move forward…
Ways to take screenshots in Windows 11
There are 3 main ways to take screenshots:
1. Using the shortcut key
Windows + prt sc is the shortcut key for taking full-screen screenshots in Windows 11.
As soon as you press the
win + prt sc key combination, it will automatically take a screenshot of the currently visible screen and save it in the Pictures > Screenshots folder as shown below.
For me, this is the best way to take screenshots in Windows 11.
2. Using Snipping Tool
Another way is to take screenshots is by using the Snipping Tool app on your computer. It’s one of the pre-installed applications on Windows 11.
Click on the
New button and you will be able to take a rectangular or full-screen snip of the screen. Please note that 4 options will appear after you click on the
- Rectangular snip – lets you snip any rectangular part of the currently visible screen
- Freeform snip – lets you snip any freeform shape that you can draw on the screen
- Window snip – lets you snip any one of the open windows
- Fullscreen snip – snips the whole currently visible screen
Most of the time, you will use the Rectangular snip option to take screenshots.
📢 There is also a keyboard shortcut to open the Snipping Tool directly —
windows key + shift + s.
For quick access, you can also pin the Snipping Tool to the taskbar (as shown in the above screenshot). And when needed, just click on it to quickly capture a screenshot.
3. Using any 3rd-party tool
You can also use any one of plentily available 3rd-party free tools.
If you have to take screenshots inside a browser, you can use the Zoho Annotator Chrome extension (see the above image) which is completely free and lets you annotate your screenshots as well. The extension also lets you take a full-page screenshot of any webpage.
Also, you can install tools like Lightshot or Greenshot desktop apps for taking and annotating screenshots, but it’s NOT recommended. The default screenshot utility in Windows 11 works perfectly fine.
And, that’s how you take screenshots on a Windows 11 machine.
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