Whether it’s to share on social media, with IT for troubleshooting, or for yourself to save an image for posterity, taking screenshots should be a vital part of your everyday Windows workflow.
Yet while there are plenty of ways to take screenshots, if you’re looking for a fast and simple way to clip only a specific section of your screen, use this little-known Windows keyboard shortcut.
How to Take Region Screenshots in Windows 10
While the Windows Snipping Tool makes quick work of screenshots, there’s an even faster way to take screenshots in Windows:
- Once you have the intended window open and ready, use the Windows key + Shift + S keyboard shortcut.
- Once you hit the keyboard shortcut, your screen will be greyed out and a crosshair tool will appear.
- Drag and select the part of the screen that you want to save.
- Nothing actually “happens” when you do this. The selected region of the screen simply gets saved to your clipboard. You can then paste it into a photo-editing app with the Ctrl + V keyboard shortcut.
Where to Paste Screenshots in Windows 10
When it comes to where you paste the image, you can use something as simple as Paint on your Windows computer, or you can opt for something a little more robust like Photoshop (especially if you need to mark up or edit the screenshot).
You can also paste the screenshot directly into Word, Outlook, or any other program that supports image pasting. You can even paste the image directly into a Twitter tweet or Facebook status update to share publicly without having to save it to your computer first.
More Advanced Screenshot Tools
If you would prefer to use the Windows Snipping Tool, it also offers plenty of keyboard shortcuts for quick work, but unfortunately you have to first launch the app before the keyboard shortcuts work. If you want a keyboard shortcut to open the Snipping Tool itself, you’ll have to create one yourself.
Other than the Snipping Tool, there are plenty of third-party apps that make taking screenshots in Windows a breeze. The free and open-source ShareX, for example, offers additional features like effects and watermarking, full-screen or current-window screenshots, and even supports screencasting in video or GIF format.
What’s your preferred way to take a screenshot in Windows? Let us know in the comments.