This document describes how to capture an image of the screen in all versions of Windows.
All versions of Windows have the built-in screen capture feature allowing you to capture either the entire screen or a single active window. The two options are detailed below:
Press the Print Screen (sometimes marked as Prt Sc or Prt Scn) key on the keyboard (generally located in the top right hand corner) to capture an image of the entire screen and store it in the Windows clipboard.
Press Alt & Print Screen (sometimes labeled as Prt Sc) to capture an image of only the active window and store it in the Windows clipboard.
When the desired image is stored in the Windows clipboard (only one image can be stored at a time), it can be extracted by opening a word process program (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, etc.) or an image manipulation program (such as Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Paint), and selecting Paste from the Edit menu or pressing Ctrl-V.
In addition to Print Screen, Windows 7 introduced a screenshot application called Snipping Tool. Snipping Tool can be used to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image.
To launch Snipping Tool:
Free-form Snip Draw any shape with your mouse.
Rectangular Snip Drag the cursor to form a rectangle.
Window Snip Choose a window
Full-screen Snip Capture entire screen.