How to Screenshot on Windows on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Do you ever find yourself needing to take a screenshot on your Windows operating system while using a Mac? Maybe you want to capture an error message, save an image, or document something important on your screen. Whatever the reason may be, capturing screenshots on Windows on Mac is easier than you might think.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re familiar with taking screenshots on Windows, you’ll be happy to know that the keyboard shortcuts work the same way on a Mac running Windows. Let’s explore some of the most common methods:

1. Full Screen Screenshot:

To capture the entire screen, simply press the Windows key + PrtScn. You won’t receive any visual feedback, but rest assured that your screenshot has been saved.

2. Active Window Screenshot:

If you only want to capture the active window, press Alt + PrtScn. This will take a screenshot of the window in focus and save it.

3. Custom Area Screenshot:

If you prefer to capture a specific area of your screen, press Windows key + Shift + S.

Your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag your cursor over the desired area to capture it. The screenshot will be saved to your clipboard.

Using Snipping Tool

If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your style or if you need more advanced features for capturing screenshots, you can use the built-in Snipping Tool. Here’s how:

1. Open Snipping Tool:

To open Snipping Tool, click on the “Start” menu, type “Snipping Tool” in the search bar, and select it from the results.

2. Capture a Screenshot:

Once Snipping Tool is open, click on the “New” button.

Your screen will freeze, and you’ll be able to select the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.

3. Save or Annotate:

After capturing a screenshot, you can choose to save it in various formats (such as JPEG or PNG) by clicking on “File” and then “Save As”. Additionally, Snipping Tool offers basic editing features like adding annotations, highlighting areas, or drawing on your screenshot before saving it.

Saving and Accessing Screenshots

All screenshots taken using either keyboard shortcuts or Snipping Tool are saved in the “Pictures” folder by default. To access your screenshots, follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer:

To open File Explorer, press Windows key + E, or click on the folder icon in your taskbar. Navigate to Pictures:

In File Explorer, click on “This PC”, then select “Pictures”. Your screenshots will be stored in this folder.

In Conclusion

Taking screenshots on Windows while running Mac is a breeze once you know the right keyboard shortcuts and tools to use. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for quick captures or need more advanced features with Snipping Tool, now you can effortlessly document anything important on your screen.

So go ahead and capture those screenshots with confidence, knowing that you have the knowledge to do so efficiently!

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