Multiple Ways to Capture Screenshots in Windows


Sometimes you need to capture screenshot and send it to someone, so screenshots are helpful when you are in middle of any problem and need support by showing what’s happening on your screen. You can save on-screen information with one button click and save as image file like png or jpg. In this guide you will see multiple ways to take screenshot of whole screen, capture active window only, save screenshots in folder, capture screenshot with cursor or even you can set timer to capture and save screenshot automatically after specific interval.

Capturing screenshot in Windows

You can capture screenshot using computer keyboard by pressing prt sc key and by combining alt+prt sc you can take screenshot of an active window only. When you press this key to capture screen, Windows will save the screenshot to clipboard so you can paste it anywhere in drawing or image editing tool like Windows built-in MSPaint.

Save screenshot to folder instead Clipboard

Instead sending captured screens to clipboard you can capture and save screenshots to specific folder and keyborad keys combination is different. Just press Windows+prt sc keys and the screen shot will be saved as .png format in Screenshots folder available in Pictures folder. You can access this folder by opening File Explorer and then select Pictures from left-panel. Quick way to access Pictures folder is just press Win+R to open Run window and then type Pictures and hit Enter, here you will see Screenshots folder. Unfortunately you can’t combine alt key to take active window screenshot.


Capture mouse cursor in screenshot

Sometime you might required to capture mouse cursor with the screenshot, if this is the case then see how to capture cursor in screenshot.

Auto Capture Screenshots after specific interval

Auto Screen Capture is a third-party open source tool available on SourceFroge that has some awesome features for capturing screenshots in Windows and currently this program works with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10. This simple portable utility or program doesn’t required installation or modify windows registry on your Windows. Just simply download the exe file and run it. This utility can capture screenshot automatically from up-to 4 displays as well.

  1. Simply download Auto Screen Capture and run it. When you see this utility screen, the interface split up into couple of different sections, at top-left side calendar and at the bottom of calendar you will see settings sections. At the right-side, you have previews of each external display attached to computer, You can capture screenshot from maximum 4 displays.
    auto capture screenshot external monitor
  2. When you first time run this program, the settings are set as default which means the program is set to Demo mode on and the schedule off. So first change these settings, click on Options at bottom left corner and uncheck the “Turn on demo mode at application startup” and Check the “Turn on scheduled screen capturing at application startup”.
    capture screen automatically
  3. To capture screenshot at defined time interval set the time according to your need but by default its set to every 1 second which ridicules. This program also set to stop after 30 minutes by default, you can also change it if you want.
    capture computer screen with interval
  4. To change the default location of saving screenshot. Click on brows button at bottom of the program screen and select the desire path.
    capture external monitor screen
  5. You can also change the image type to BMP, EMF, GIF, JPEG, TIFF and WMF. To start the program with your settings simply click at “ON” button and the program will start to capture the screenshots.
    turn auto screen capture

If you know any other method of taking screenshots in Windows please share with us below in comments.

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