Use Win+Shift+S Keyboard Shortcut To Capture Screenshots


It’s good news to everyone that Windows 10 supports the Win+Shift+S keyboard shortcut to capture screenshots. After you press the key combination Win+Shift+S, it’ll open the snipping toolbar. Windows 10 allows you to capture screenshots in different ways. But my favorite method (mentioned-below) allowing you to capture a section of the display(s) or the whole thing.

Hit Win+Shift+S To Open Snipping Toolbar

Hit Win+Shift+S To Open Snipping

Some of us use the ‘PrtScn‘ (Print Screen) option. PrtScn is the key that is present on your keyboard, next to the ‘Delete’ button. You can use this key to take a full-screen screenshot and copy it to the clipboard. Also, you can paste that screenshot in your required image editing software to edit it like Adobe Photoshop, MS Paint, etc then save the file. Alternatively, you can also use the ‘Alt+PrtScn’ key combination to take a specific program window.

All these alternatives, still exist but the best one is Win+Shift+S keyboard shortcut using which you can use to take screenshots in Windows 10.

If you want to use the Win+Shift+S shortcut for the required function then dive down below:

Step 1:

Hit the shortcut keys together

Step 2:

Choose an area

Step 3:

Choose a snipping mode

Step 4:

Copy and then save image

Step 1 -> Hit the Win+Shift+S Keyboard Shortcut together

To capture the screenshot simply hit ‘Win+Shift+S’ keys simultaneously. After hitting the keys simultaneously, you will then check that the PC screen gets covered by a white/gray overlay.

Step 2 -> Select a snipping mode

In this step you can pick a snipping mode from the following options:

  • Rectangular snip – Enables a user to drag the pointer around an object to make a rectangle
  • Freeform snip –  Allows you to create a shape around your selection using a mouse or a stylus if you are using a tablet. After making free-form or using rectangular snips, simply use your mouse to choose the area that you wish to capture.
  • Windows snip – Helps to take a part of the screen like a dialog box or browser window
  • Fullscreen snip – This mode covers the whole screen visible.

Step 3 -> Choose an area

After you make your selection, your pointer modifies into a ‘+’ sign, highlighting the capture mode is ‘On’.

Choose the required area of the screen using your mouse pointer.

Step 3 -> Copy and save the picture

After you have selected the required area, release the pointer. Whenever you do it, the required screen area screenshot will be automatically copied to the clipboard.

From here, you can either select to paste the screenshot in Microsoft Paint, Adobe photoshop app, or other image editing software where you want to edit and save the file.


Keep in mind that the same keyboard shortcut also works in OneNote app and Microsoft has just ported the same to Windows 10 latest versions. It is a very essential keyboard shortcut to take a screenshot of the customs area of your PC. It might become essential whenever you like to share a screenshot of a specific portion of your screen and not the entire screen.

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