Surface screen capture


Surface Screen Capture is an app that allows you to quickly and easily take screenshots on your Surface device, and annotate and share them with others. It’s a great tool for quickly grabbing pictures of web pages, documents, or anything else on your screen.

What is a screen capture?

A screen capture is an image taken of what is visible on a monitor, television, or another visual output device.

When do you need to use screen capture?

There are many times when you may need to take a screenshot on your computer. Maybe you want to capture something you found online to share with a friend, or perhaps you need to document an error message for technical support. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to do with the right tools.

In Windows 10, you can take a screenshot of your entire screen or just part of it. You can also use the Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch.

To take a screenshot of your entire screen, press the Print Screen (sometimes labelled as PrtScn) key on your keyboard. Your screen will briefly go dark as the screenshot is taken. The screenshot will be automatically saved as a PNG file in the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

If you only want to capture part of your screen, you can use the Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch. To launch either program, press the Start button and type “snip” into the search box. Then click on Snipping Tool (in Windows 10) or Snip & Sketch (in Windows 10 version 1809 or later).

How to take a screen capture

Capturing a screenshot on your Surface is a great way to capture something you want to remember or share with others. You can take a screenshot on your Surface by pressing the Windows logo button + the Volume down button at the same time. The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved in the Screenshots folder in your Pictures library.

On Windows

To take a quick screenshot of the active window, use the keyboard shortcut Alt + PrtScn. This will snap your currently active window and copy the screenshot to the clipboard. You’ll need to open the shot in an image editor to save it.

You can also take screenshots of the full screen. Windows saves these images as PNG files. To take a full-screen screenshot, press Windows key + Shift + S (this will also dim your screen). An overlay with options for Snip & Sketch will appear. Use the arrow keys to select what you want to capture—you can choose between rectangular, freeform, or full-screen snips—and then use your mouse or trackpad to draw on your screenshot. To save your screenshot, press CTRL + S or click/tap on File in Snip & Sketch and save from there.

Use the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is a program that is part of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. It is used to take a snapshot or snip of an open window, such as a Web page. The snip can then be annotated, saved as an image file, or shared To launch the Snipping Tool: Click the Start button. In the search box, type Snipping Tool, and then click the Snipping Tool icon. The Snipping Tool opens, and you can choose any of the following options:

Use the Print Screen function

1. Use the Windows+PrtScn command

If you want to take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it as a file on the hard drive, without using any other tools, then press Windows+PrtScn on your keyboard. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, under Screenshots. The file is named “Screeshot(number).png,” where the number varies based on how many screenshots you’ve taken with the same method. If you have a laptop, this process will also dim your screen for a moment and you’ll hear a shutter sound, signifying that a screenshot was just taken.

2 Use the Fn+Windows+PrtScn command

If your device does not have a PrtScn button, you may use the Fn+Windows+space bar key combination instead (on some laptops, Fn+Alt+space bar also works). This process saves your screenshot as a PNG file in the same default location as Step 1.

Use Snagit

To take a screenshot with Snagit, open the Snagit program and click the Capture button. A menu will appear with several options for taking a screenshot.

-Rectangular capture: capture a specific area of your screen.
-Freeform capture: choose any shape to capture
-Window or filmstrip capture: choose a window or program to capture, or make a screen recording.
-Fullscreen capture: capture your entire screen.

After you’ve selected your screenshot type, just click and drag to take the screenshot. When you’re done, release the mouse button and your screenshot will appear in the Snagit editor.

On Mac

To take a screenshot of the entire screen, press Command-Shift-3. The screenshot is saved as a .png file on your desktop. To take a screenshot of a selected portion of the screen, press Command-Shift-4 and drag the pointer to select the area you wish to capture. The screenshot is saved as a .png file on your desktop. To take a screenshot of a window, first make sure that Window Shade is turned off for that window. You can do this by selecting the Window menu and deselecting Window Shade. Then press Command-Shift-4 and press the Spacebar. The pointer changes to a camera icon ; position it over the window whose contents you want to capture, and click once. You don’t need to select an area; just click once on whatever you want to capture.

Use the native screenshot tool

The first method is probably the quickest and easiest way to take a screenshot on your Surface. Microsoft gives you a native tool to quickly capture your Surface’s screen without even having to go into the Windows 10 settings

To take a screenshot, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the “Screen Capture” button on your Surface. It’s located on the top row of buttons, in between the “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” buttons.
  2. Press and hold the “Screen Capture” button for two seconds. You should see a notification that says “Screen capture saved to Photos app.”

Your screenshot will be saved in the Photos app, in the “Screenshots” folder. From there, you can edit it, share it, or do whatever else you need to do with it

Use the Grab tool

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Use the Grab tool
The Surface Pro comes with a fantastic screen capture tool called Grab. It’s extremely useful, especially given how often you might need to take screenshots on the Surface Pro.
To access Grab, simply press the Windows logo key + G on your keyboard. You’ll see the Toolbox pop-up on the right side of your screen. From there, select “Grab” from the list of tools.
Once you’ve done that, you can select which type of screenshot you’d like to take. The “Window” option lets you select a specific window to screenshot, while “Fullscreen” will take a screenshot of your entire display.
You can also choose to delay your screenshot by selecting the “Delay” option. This is helpful if you need to capture something that appears briefly on your screen, such as a pop-up notification.

Use Skitch

Now let’s say you already have a document or photo open that you want to annotate. Grabbing a screenshot is as easy as hitting the Windows key+Shift+S. Doing so will make your screen go slightly dim, and a small toolbar will pop up at the top of the screen. This is Snip & Sketch’s screen-snipping toolbar, and it gives you a few options for how to snip your screenshot.

Use Snagit

Launch Snagit and open the Snagit Editor.

Click Capture in the File menu, then choose Screen.

Click and drag to select the area of your screen you want to capture.

Release the mouse to take the screenshot. The image is saved automatically as a .jpg file on your desktop.


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