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How to Take a Screenshot on a Dell PC

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Recently, I purchased a new Dell PC, and one of the first things I wanted to learn was how to take screenshots. Screenshots are incredibly useful for capturing exactly what’s on your screen, whether for work, personal records, or troubleshooting issues. Here’s a comprehensive guide based on my experience, detailing various methods to capture screenshots on a Dell PC.

Using the Print Screen Key

1. Full-Screen Screenshot

The simplest way to take a screenshot on a Dell PC is using the Print Screen (PrtScn) key:

  1. Locate the Print Screen Key: It’s usually labeled as PrtScn, PrtSc, or similar, located in the top row of your keyboard.
  2. Take the Screenshot: Press the PrtScn key. This captures the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard.
  3. Save the Screenshot:
    • Open an image editor like Paint.
    • Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot.
    • Save the image by selecting File > Save As.

2. Active Window Screenshot

To capture only the active window:

  1. Select the Active Window: Click on the window you want to capture to make sure it’s active.
  2. Take the Screenshot: Press Alt + PrtScn.
  3. Save the Screenshot:
    • Open an image editor.
    • Paste the screenshot (Ctrl + V).
    • Save the file.

Using Windows Snipping Tool

The Windows Snipping Tool provides more flexibility for taking screenshots:

  1. Open Snipping Tool: Type “Snipping Tool” in the Windows search bar and select it from the results.
  2. Choose the Snip Type:
    • Free-form Snip: Draw a free-form shape around the area you want to capture.
    • Rectangular Snip: Drag the cursor to form a rectangle.
    • Window Snip: Capture a specific window.
    • Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen.
  3. Capture the Screenshot:
    • Select the type of snip you want.
    • The screen will fade, and you can select the area you want to capture.
  4. Save the Screenshot:
    • The snip is automatically opened in the Snipping Tool.
    • Click File > Save As to save the screenshot.

Using Snip & Sketch

Windows 10 introduces Snip & Sketch, which provides even more functionality:

  1. Open Snip & Sketch: Press Windows + Shift + S or search for “Snip & Sketch” in the Windows search bar.
  2. Choose the Snip Type:
    • The screen will dim, and a small menu will appear at the top.
    • Choose between Rectangular Snip, Freeform Snip, Window Snip, or Fullscreen Snip.
  3. Capture the Screenshot:
    • Select the desired snip type.
    • Use the cursor to select the area or window you want to capture.
  4. Edit and Save:
    • The snip is copied to the clipboard and a notification appears.
    • Click on the notification to open the screenshot in Snip & Sketch.
    • Edit as needed and save the screenshot by clicking the save icon or pressing Ctrl + S.

Using Windows Game Bar

For gamers or anyone wanting to capture screenshots while using apps:

  1. Open Game Bar: Press Windows + G to open the Game Bar.
  2. Take the Screenshot: Click on the camera icon in the Game Bar or press Windows + Alt + PrtScn.
  3. Find Your Screenshot:
    • Screenshots taken with Game Bar are saved in Videos > Captures by default.

Using Third-Party Applications

Several third-party applications can enhance your screenshot capabilities, offering features like annotations, cloud storage, and advanced editing tools:


  1. Install Lightshot: Download and install Lightshot from its official website.
  2. Take a Screenshot: Press the PrtScn key.
  3. Edit and Save:
  • Drag to select the area you want to capture.
  • Use Lightshot’s tools to edit the screenshot.
  • Save the image or upload it to the cloud.


  1. Install Greenshot: Download and install Greenshot from its official website.
  2. Configure Settings: Open Greenshot and configure the settings to suit your needs.
  3. Take a Screenshot:
    • Press the designated keyboard shortcut (default is PrtScn for full screen).
    • Select the area or window to capture.
  4. Save and Edit: Greenshot offers various options to save, upload, or open the screenshot in its editor.


Taking screenshots on a Dell PC is straightforward once you know the various methods available. From the basic Print Screen key to advanced tools like Snip & Sketch and third-party applications, you have numerous options to capture, edit, and save screenshots according to your needs. As I navigated through my new Dell PC, mastering these techniques greatly enhanced my productivity and ability to share information visually.


Theobald, previously a Network Engineer, brings his wealth of experience to the audience of As a blogger, he focuses on analyzing the latest IT trends and solutions, offering readers a balanced perspective that merges thorough analysis with practical insights for technology enthusiasts and professionals alike.

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