Occasionally you may have to show us (or someone else) something on your display. Windows has had built-in functionality to allow you to capture what is visible on the screen for years now, though the methods have changed slightly over time. This article guide you on how to take a proper screenshot on Windows.

The standard Windows method

This is the built-in way to capture screenshots on most recent versions of the Windows operating system.

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for the Snipping Tool – you can just begin typing the word snipping with the Start Menu open in order to bring the app up. Click on the Snipping Tool app once it appears in the list in order to launch it
  2. Click on Mode to change the method for capturing image, then click New to begin the capture process. If you use the Full-screen snip mode then it will automatically capture the entirety of the screen, you don’t need to do anything else to capture anything
  3. If you’re using any other mode click the New button to begin the capture and select the area to capture with the mouse
  4. When you’ve selected the area you’re shown a preview screen of the capture with some more options. You can click the Floppy Disk icon to save the capture as an image or you can use one of the other editing tools to tweak and make changed to the image (we won’t cover this here)
  5. Once you’ve saved the image you can simply send it to whomever you’d like to show it to using Email or whichever other method you’re familiar with

The Wilkins IT Agent method

If we provide managed services for your organization, then you should have the Wilkins IT Agent installed on your computer. This agent has a feature built-in to make this process slightly easier.

  1. Locate the Wilkins IT Agent icon in the taskbar area (near the time) and right-click it to open the menu
  2. Click on Take Screenshot and Request Support
  3. Fill out the form and click Submit

That should cover the basics for capturing screenshots. If we missed anything or you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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