Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing screens to your Pictures folder, part of Windows 8 Tips and Tricks.
If you've ever used the Print Screen key to take a screen capture, a snapshot of what you're looking at on your screen, here in Windows 8 there's an added benefit. Not only does what you capture get copied to the clipboard, but it also gets copied to a folder in your Pictures library. Now you can use your keyboard, using the Windows key and the print screen key to take a picture of whatever's on your screen. You could also use the onscreen keyboard, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to type in k e y.
Click the onscreen keyboard, takes me to my desktop environment and whatever I have here on the screen is going to be captured. I'm not so concerned about what I'm capturing, just that I can show you where everything goes. I'm going to use the Windows key and PrintScrn. That takes a snapshot. So where does it go? Let's check out our Pictures library. I'm going to go back to my Start screen and close out the onscreen keyboard here. And go directly to photos. From here, I can go to look at this, a new folder called screenshots.
And when I click it, I'm going to see the actual screenshot that I just took a moment ago right there. Saved as a file that I can work with now, here in my screenshots folder. Now, if we press the Windows key and go back to our desktop, and open up File Explorer, you'll be able to find it there as well. All you need to do is go to your Libraries, and under Pictures you're going to see that folder under My Pictures called Screenshots. Give it a click. And you'll see that the screenshots are actually named Screenshot and then a number.
The format is PNG. So, if you see something interesting on your screen, whether it's here on the desktop environment or back at the Start Screen. You're viewing something that you want to keep. You can use the Print Screen key in combination with the Windows Key to capture that screen. Not only to the clipboard, where it can be pasted elsewhere, but also to your pictures library. Where you'll have a group of files called screen shots and a number, that you'll have access to going forward.
- Protecting yourself from unrecognized applications
- Activating the Quick Access menu
- Booting directly to the desktop
- Shutting down with one click
- Navigating and running apps from the keyboard
- Customizing menus and screens
- Displaying all applications in one place
- Capturing screenshots to your Pictures folder
- Fine-tuning your power settings
- Optimizing your hard drive
- Preventing users from uninstalling applications
- Creating a virtual drive