How to Take a Screenshot on PC (Windows & Mac)

by Anna Sherry   Updated on 2022-03-31 / Update for  Windows Tips

It is possible to take a screenshot on laptop or PC. And there are a great number of easy ways to do that. You can capture the whole screen or a part of screen, and send it to whoever you want or save it in your favorites folder. Here in this article, we covered 3 ways for screenshot on Mac and 3 ways to take a screenshot on Windows.

Part 1: How to Screenshot on PC

If you are a Windows PC user and want to know how you may take a screenshot on Windows 10/11 or older versions, then you have come to the right place. There are a couple different ways of taking a screenshot on PC, all of which will be explored below.

1. Print Screen on Windows with Keyboard

The print screen (Prt Sc) button on keyboard is one of the easiest ways to take a screenshot on PC. It has a couple of combinations which perform this function in different ways.

Notice that this keyboard shortcut is available usless you enable this feature on Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard.

print screen on windows
  • If you press the Windows key and print screen key simultaneously, a screenshot of the entire screen will be taken and saved automatically to the folder located in C:\Users\Pictures\Screenshots. It is also copied automatically, and you can paste it and send to others.
  • If you press only the print screen button, a copy of screenshot will made and saved to the clipboard only.

    And it has 4 types of screenshots: Rectangular snip, Freeform snip, Window snip and Fullscreen snip. You can click the one you want.

Some desktop applications like Wechat, WhatsApp also have the feature to take a screenshot with customized keyboard shortcuts while you chat with someone.

2. Use Snipping Tool

Windows provides a dedicated application for taking screenshot on PC that goes by the name of Snipping Tool. And Microsoft Windows has been saying that this app will be replaced by Snip & Sketch, which you can try now. Nevertheless, we can use this app to take a screenshot on laptop whenever we want.

  • Search for Snipping Tool in the search bar and open it.
  • Click on New to take a screenshot. Default setting is rectangular snip in which you can capture a desired area of the screen. Other modes include free form snips, window snips and full screen snips.

    print screen on windows snipping tool
  • You can click on Try Snip & Sketch to use the new version of screenshot on PC. It can also be done by pressing Windows + Shift + S keys.

    print screen on windows snip & sketch

That is how to screenshot on hp laptop or other Windows PC with snipping tool.

3. Use Game Bar

While playing a game, you may want to take a screenshot or recording, Game Bar on Windows PC provides gamers this feature. You can take a screenshot, screen record and see your GPU performance. To take a screenshot on PC here with Game Bar:

  • First, enable Game Bar feature on Settings.

    screenshot windows game bar
  • To open Game Bar, you can press the Windows + G key.
  • Now in the top left corner, you see a camera button that takes screenshot. You may also take a screenshot by pressing Windows + Alt + PrtScr key.

    screenshot windows game bar
  • This captures the entire screen and a notification on the right says screenshot captured.

Part 2: How to Take Screenshot on Mac

It is a common talk that users of iPhone and Mac have different ways to do things as Android and Windows users do, but there are also generally similar features. Screenshots is a basic feature and Apple Inc provides its users with a handy tool like this. We have introduced iPhone screenshots before, and now to screenshot on Mac:

1. Keyboard Shortcuts

Like Windows PC, Mac also utilizes keyboard shortcuts to take screenshot on Mac. Different keyboard keys combinations take different forms of screenshot on Mac. All of these involve Shift + Command Key + Number Keys.

  • Shift + Command + 3: Screenshot the entire screen
  • Shift + Command + 4: Capture a part of screen you want
  • Shift + Command + 5: Open Screenshot (we will introduce it in the second method.)
  • Shift + Command + 6: Capture the touch bar.

These screenshots on Mac are saved to Apple logo > System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. If you want to directly copy and paste the screenshot to somewhere, press the Control key with the other 3 keys to copy it.

2. Screenshot

Mac also has a screenshot app that can be used to take a screenshot on Mac. This app is just like the snipping tool app on Windows, providing different choices for you to capture and record the screen.

  • To open Screenshot, press Shift + Command + 5.
  • There will come a bar with several options. The left three are for taking different forms of screenshots. Select the mode and click on Capture to take the screenshot.

    macbook screenshot

3. Touch Bar

Although not all the Macbooks have the touch bar option, but it has a very handy list of shortcuts that can make your life easier. Among these, a shortcut of Screenshot is present. To take a screenshot on Mac with touch bar:

  • First add the screenshot menu to the Touch Bar: go to System preferences > Keyboard, click on Customize Control Strip. Drag the screenshot icon to the Touch Bar. Done.

    screen capture mac tool bar
  • Tap the Screenshot button on the touch bar. It looks like the little camera.
  • Decide the type of screenshot you want, and the folder where you want it to be saved. That is how to screenshot on Mac with the Touch bar menu.

    screen capture mac tool bar

Part 3: How to Take Android Screenshot on PC & Mac

If you want to take a screenshot of your Android phone using your PC or Mac, you may use Tenorshare Phone Mirror. Using this software, you can mirror Android phone and use your PC’s mouse to capture screen shots or record screen.

  • Download and install Phone Mirror on your Windows PC or Mac.

  • Launch this software, and connect your Android phone to it with a USB cable. Do remember to enable USB debugging.

    connect phone and enable usb debugging
  • Once your phone has connected, click on the mirror button. Now the Android screen will be displayed right away.

    start mirroring
  • Click on the screenshot button on the right menu bar. Double clicking on the screenshot will take you to the location where it was saved.

    screenshot android on pc

In a Nutshell

It is indeed really easy to take screenshot on Mac or PC. Whether you want to take a screenshot on Mac or pringt screen on Windows, there are keyboard shortcuts as well as dedicated screenshot apps to do so, and all of these ways can be learned without any problem. And we also recommend Tenorshare Phone Mirror to capture the Android screen on your laptop directly.