Saturday, May 21, 2016

Win 10: How to capture Screenshots the best way!

There are multiple ways to take a screen grab in Windows 10, from simply using the Snipping Tool to hitting the PrintScreen Button on the keyboard.

But there are downsides to both these methods:

  • The PrintScreen button grabs the whole screen which you do not need all the time and later you need to use Paint or some other tool to crop a portion.
    Yes, we do have Alt+PrintScreen option to grab the active Window but what if you want a piece of it or want to combine portions of two windows?
     
  • Then comes the Snipping Tool, it gives you the flexibility to grab any portion of the screen by dragging the mouse pointer. But here is the catch. You have to fire up the program from Start Menu or use a shortcut and then the hassle to save the file!


Better than all this is using the Screen Grab functionality of the One Note application / software. Here is what you need to do:

  • Install One Note as a part of Office or Stand alone, if it is not already there in your machine.
  • Open the application and let it sit in the tray at the bottom right near the clock.
  • Press Windows + Shift + S key combination in windows 8.1 and 10 and above to grab a screenshot by using the mouse pointer. In the earlier version of Windows like Win 7, you don't need to press the Shift key, only Win + S.

Taking the screenshot:

  • Press and then click and drag your mouse to select the desired portion of the screen.
  • As soon as you are done, a pop-up will appear asking where to keep the screenshot. Here are the options you have:
    • Save it in any of the Notebooks or Sections provided in the list.
    • Press Escape Key and it will be copied to your Clipboard.
    • You can default the save location by clicking the "Don't ask me again…" checkbox.



I prefer using the Esc option and pasting the Screengrab wherever I want. But if you want to keep a record, you always have the option to save it in One Note.
So, how helpful it was? Let me know in the comments if you have a better idea to share!