How to take a screenshot on Windows 11

Screenshot is a quick way to visually share what’s on your screen. In many cases, a screenshot can also be a proof of application or a quick way to save information on screen that you might not otherwise be able to copy. It is an essential function no matter if you are using a desktop or mobile device.

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Screenshot of Windows 11

There are many build methods in Windows 11 for taking a screenshot. There are quick modes for taking a screenshot, and there are stock apps that can take a time-delayed screenshot.

Quick screenshot – Windows 11

There are two ways to take a quick screenshot on Windows 11.


This method works with a single capture and can be used when something has suddenly left the screen.

  1. Tap on the Print a Screen key on the keyboard.
  2. Open an image editor e.g. Paint and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V. to transfer the image from the video board to the image editor.
  3. Save the image.

Windows + PrntScreen

This method is almost as fast as the previous method but will automatically save the screenshot as a file.

  1. Tap on the Windows Keys + PrintScreen together when you want to take the screenshot with you.
  2. The screen will flash and the redesign will be saved.
  3. Open the Picture library folder.
  4. Go to Screenshot and the thumbnail is saved as a PNG file named Screenshot (number).

Image on time delay – Windows 11

To take a time-lapse screenshot on Windows 11, use the Snip & Sketch tool. This is a stock app on Windows 11 (and on Windows 10).

  1. Open the Start the record.
  2. Go to List of apps.
  3. Open Snip & Sketch.
  4. Click on the Without delay.
  5. Select a time delay interval: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, or 10 seconds.
  6. Click New.
  7. Use the time delay to set the screenshot.
  8. Choose the type of photo you want to take; area, window, or full screen.
  9. When caught, click the Save button and save the next drawing.


Windows 11 can still run apps built for Windows 10, Windows 8 / 8.1, and Windows 7. There are all sorts of third-party redesign tools you can install if you don’t enjoying the stock options. Greenshot and Shotty are two great apps to try out. They are free and have built-in tools for editing the screenshot after you take it. On that note, Snip & Sketch also has an established editor but it is far more basic than you will find in most third-party redesign tools. If you prefer to use the Snipping tool, it is still available on Windows 11.

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