How to Screenshot the Login and Lock Screens in Windows 10

Dan Price 02-10-2017

Why would you need to take a screenshot of the login page or lock screen on Windows 10? A fair question. It’s hardly the most interesting screen on the operating system.


But there are actually lots of reasons. Maybe you want to grab a snippet of that ad to complain to Microsoft on Twitter Did You Get Screwed By a Company? Take It to Twitter! I used to think that Twitter wasn't very useful, until this year when I learned that Twitter is an amazing way to get what you want from any company you may do business with. Read More about its underhanded sales tactics. Perhaps you saw an awesome photograph Where Were the Windows 10 Lock Screen Photos Taken? The Windows 10 lock screen has some gorgeous images thanks to the Spotlight feature -- and if you want to know where those photos were taken, you can find out. Read More that you want to snag for posterity. Or maybe you need the screenshot for a tech how-to article you’re writing.

Whatever the reason, it’s not as simple as just pressing Windows + Print Screen (or Alt + Print Screen). It won’t work. But there is a workaround. Here’s how to screenshot the login and lock screens in Windows 10.

Lock Screen: The One-Key Trick

Remember I said it’s not as simple as pressing Windows + Print Screen? Well, it’s not — it’s even easier!

All you need to press to grab a copy of the login or lock screen is Print Screen by itself. No other key is necessary. Pressing Print Screen will save a copy of the image to your clipboard. Just press Ctrl + V to paste it into Microsoft Paint or one of its many alternatives 7 Free Microsoft Paint Alternatives Microsoft has retired MS Paint in favor of Paint 3D. Not impressed? We have found free Microsoft Paint alternatives for all your image viewing and editing needs. Read More .

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Login Screen: Third-Party App

If you want to grab a copy of the user login screen, it’s slightly more difficult. Print Screen will not work because no user is yet signed in.

Instead, grab a copy of Ease Of Access Replacer (technically, you can replace the Ease of Access tool on the login screen with the Snipping Tool, but it requires complex registry hacks).

How to Screenshot the Login and Lock Screens in Windows 10 ease of access replacer

Ease of Access Replacer installs a new level of functionality to the Ease of Access icon. Just click LogonScreen Screenshot to capture your image.

Download: Ease of Access Replacer

Did the process work for you? Did you encounter any problems? As always, you can leave all your feedback in the comments below.

Related topics: Screen Capture, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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