In Windows 7, there isn’t really an easy way to take screenshots of your desktop without 3rd party software.

With Windows 8, Microsoft has made this process much easier and smoother.

They have added a new hot-key combination  that lets you take and save screenshots instantly in Windows 8.

To take a screenshot, hold the Windows key down and press the Print Screen key.

Your screen will flash for a second  and Windows will save a screenshot to your Pictures folder as a PNG image file.

The screenshot will be saved in a folder called Screenshots in your Pictures library.

This was a much desired feature and power users who often have to take screenshots, are very happy with this move. Before this, they had to use snipping tools or third party software to take screenshots in  Windows 7.

You can use this hot-key combination to take screenshots anywhere in Windows 8, whether it is desktop apps or metro apps. The whole process is very fast and does not affect any of your work.

Win+ PrintScreen key- Will Take screenshot and save it to your pictures library. 

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  • Rschild

    It would be better if it also allowed capturing just a part of the screen as I do with WINDOWS+S in Windows7.

  • ECM2

    Windows-key + S-key allows you to select a rectangular part of the screen and then take a screenshot of the selected part. It then saves it Microsoft OneNote. From there you can save it, copy it to powerpoint, email it, share it, etc.

    • sarveshmotihari

      Not working anymore in Windows 8. 🙁

  • Cheungwilliam

     In Win7, you could use Print Screen to capture the screen shot. Then open Paint and Ctrl-v to paste the screen shot in Paint. You don’t need any third party software at all.

    • sarveshmotihari

      Yes. But that was a bit complex process(at least for the general user). Now they have simplified it more and that’s good. 

  • John Stock

    This article is wrong. Windows 7 came with the built in sniping tool.

    • sarveshmotihari

      How’s the article wrong? I have never said that Windows 7 hasn’t a built in sniping tool. This article explains how taking screenshots has been made easier in Windows 8. 

      • John Stock

        You did, It’s in the first sentence “In Windows 7, there isn’t really an easy way to take screenshots of your desktop without 3rd party software.”

  • Kevin

    Actually, there is a shortcut in win7. Pressing ctrl, and print screen will save your screen to your clipboard. Ctrl, alt, print screen only takes a picture of the active window only. Just open up paint and paste and save.