It’s often necessary for you to share information about things that you might be doing on your Acer laptop computer.
This sharing can occur via email, online file sharing, but it can also take the form of showing someone what you see on your screen.
It’s possible that, in the past, you may have tried to describe what you were seeing or doing. Or maybe you even pulled out your phone and decided to take a screenshot using the camera on that device.
But you are able to create a screen capture in Windows 10 using various combinations of the Windows key, Print Screen, and some other keyboard shortcut methods that can allow you to capture what you need.
If you need to take a screenshot on Windows 10 you can do so by pressing the Windows key + Print Screen keyboard shortcut. This is going to create a full screen screenshot that will be saved to a Screenshots folder in the Pictures folder.
Once you become comfortable with this method you can find that it’s is very fast and useful.
Our article below is going to show you how to use the Print Screen button and other various tools to create an image on your computer screen that can then be shared added to documents, edited in an image editor, and much more.
How to Take a Picture of Your Entire Screen in Windows 10
- Position your screed as needed.
- Press the Windows key + Print Screen key.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to create screen captures in Windows 10 and automatically save them to your Pictures folder in image formats like .jpeg which work well in most other applications.
How to Use the Print Screen Key for a Windows 10 Screenshot (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on a Windows 10 Acer Predator Helios laptop but will work on many other versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, Windows Vista, and more.
Step 1: Adjust the current windows on your computer screen so that you can see the items you want to include in the screenshot.
Step 2: Press the Windows key and the Print Screen key at the same time to create the screenshot.
The Windows key is usually at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard on most keyboard layouts and has a Windows logo on it.
You will usually find Print Screen at the top-right of the keyboard. It might say “Print Screen” or “PrtSc” or some other shorted combination of the letters in the words “Print Screen.”
The steps above are great when you need to create a picture file of everything that is visible on your screen.
But it’s very possible that you need a screen capture of just the active window or only a part of your screen.
Luckily there are some other ways that you can create Windows 10 screenshots, which we will discuss below.
Alternate Windows 10 Screenshot Methods
The section above discusses how you can use the default keyboard shortcut – Windows key + Print Screen – to create an image file in the .png file format.
There are some other ways that you can take a screenshot on a Windows 10 Acer computer, and the option that is best for you is going to depend largely on how you intend to use it.
You can launch the Snipping Tool by pressing Shift + Windows key + S. This is going to open the Snip & Sketch tool. When this tool is open you will see a small rectangular box at the top of the screen that has these options:
- Rectangular Snip – This option allows you to draw your own sipping tool window around the items on your screen so that you only capture the parts of the screen you need.
- Freeform Snip – This option gives you more control over the shape of the snipping tool app if the items you want to capture don’t easily fit within a square or rectangular shape
- Window Snip – This lets you quickly select the snipping tool window of which you wish to create a screenshot. This is useful if you have a lot of windows open but only need to include one of them in the screenshot image.
- Fullscreen Snip – This lets you create a full screen snip of everything that is visible on your screen. This works similarly to the standard full screen capture that you would generate if you simply press the Print Screen key on your keyboard.
Speaking of this, you always have the option of using the Print Screen shortcut by pressing the Print Screen button. Much like the other methods that we have discussed in this guide which require you to press Windows and other keyboard combinations, Print Screen will generate an image and save it to your clipboard.
One of the elements of using the Snip & Sketch window to generate screenshots is that it doesn’t create the screenshot image file automatically. It simply saves it to your clipboard. You will then need to open another application in addition to the Snip & Sketch app to paste the copied screenshot and save the file.
What to Do After Saving Screenshots to the Clipboard in the Windows Operating System
Once you have become comfortable with taking screenshots after you open screen snipping then you need to paste it into an image editing tool like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Paint.
Using Paint is probably the most popular way to do this, as it’s included as a default application in almost every recent version of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
You can open Paint by searching for it in the search bar at the bottom of the screen on Windows computers and choosing the “Paint” search result, or you can click the Start button and scroll down to it.
Once the Paint application is open you can press Ctrl + V to paste the image that the snipping screenshot tool automatically saved to your clipboard.
Paint will adjust the size of the canvas to match the size of the free form snip, full screen snip capture, or whichever mode you chose to generate the image of your PC screen.
Once you have pasted the image and made any adjustments you can click the File tab at the top-left of the Paint window then choose “Save As” and pick one of the following file types:
- Png image file
- JPEG image file
- BMP image file
- GIF image file
More Information on Windows 10 Screenshots and the Snipping Tool
In Windows 10 you may also need to make a screen recording where you create a video of you performing tasks on the computer.
While there are some third-party app screen recorders that you can download that offer additional screen record features and options, you have something called the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10 which also offers this feature.
The Xbox Game Bar is accessed by clicking the Start or Windows button at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then scrolling down and selecting the Xbox Game Bar option. You can also use the keyboard shortcut – Windows key + G to launch the application.
It appears as an overlay at the top of the screen. If you click the record button it will start creating the video. When you are done, simply click the stop button to end the recording. The saved screen recording can be found in the “Captures” folder inside of the “Videos” folder.
While the images that you create either with the Snip Sketch tool or one of the PrtScrn key options are generally small enough for you to email them easily, when you record videos, especially ones that have longer record times, the files can be quite large. You may need to upload the video file to a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, then share a link to the video file from there instead.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
His main writing topics include iPhones, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Android, and Photoshop, but he has also written about many other tech topics as well.
Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site.