How To Take a Screenshot in Windows 8

Windows 8 adds a much easier way to take screenshots. Instead of having to use the Print Screen button and then paste into Paint (or a similar application), you can now automatically save a screenshot to the Pictures folder as a png with just the touch of a couple of buttons. Here’s how.

1. Set up the screen as whatever you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Hold down the Windows Key and Print Screen.

3. You’ll find a new screenshot in the Pictures folder in your Library.

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  1. Saradhi Motamarri Says:

    Yeah, that is a good feature.

    However, sometimes we need to capture only a portion of the screen, then how to go about i? Are they any tools like ScreenPrint (worked well in XP…) allows you to capture: a) a portion of the screen; b) active window or c) whole screen.?

  2. Karen Says:

    Alt+Print Screen does only the ‘active’ window on the screen, whether it be a message box or a program.

  3. Tom Says:

    I love the way it say on this page that this is easier, as stated earlier you needed to press the print screen buttopn to now havingto pressthe Windowskey and print screen HA HA HA.. so two buttons are easier than one..

  4. Tina Says:

    Tom, what is easier about it is, that you don’t have the added steps of using Paint, etc… to paste it and then save it, etc…

  5. Evert Jor Says:


    This doesn’t work in the Norwegian version. None of the approaches does actually. Nothing happens either with the old approach or the new ones that you suggest.

  6. Yeunji Jeon Says:

    This doesn’t work for my laptop…

  7. gieb Says:

    Just trying to figure out how to capture screen with a tablet… on screen keyboard does not have a print screen button…

  8. Reika Says:

    This did not work for me. :/

  9. charles martinez Says:

    Doesn’t on my laptop Toshiba. can anyone help?

  10. Larisa Says:

    I also have the problem that gieb has … Windows 8 tablet, on screen (or in my case in addition Kensington bluetooth) keyboard doesn’t have a print screen button.

  11. Alice Says:

    This doesn’t work for me either. I have a brand new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8. And I have to figure this out for class!

  12. joe Says:

    doesn’t work for me with my lenovo either

  13. duncan Says:

    use the snipping tool. not as quick but effective!

  14. callie Says:

    It is actually the FUNCTION KEY, WINDOWS KEY, and PRINT SCRN KEY all at once.

  15. sxf Says:

    this doesn’t work for me either. I have a Toshiba laptop. Lame!

  16. Amber Says:

    Thanks Callie! I have a Toshiba Satellite and “FUNCTION KEY, WINDOWS KEY, and PRINT SCRN KEY all at once” worked for me.

  17. Juicebox Says:

    It worked for me, only problem is the screenshot came out as if I’d minimized the browser window so only half covered the screen.

    Thanks though.

  18. S3Rj Says:

    It worked for me , toshiba satellite C855 , but i can’t do screen shot in a game (fifa07) it shows me black printscreen, how i can fix this?

  19. himanshu Says:

    it worked for me too.. for printscreen u have to press Fn+windows+printscrn all at once to have a screenshot saved in ur libabry folder.
    thanx :)

  20. Beth Says:

    Thanks, Callie. It does work for me but have to click one at a time (but not all at once).
    “FN”, “Windows Key” then “PRTSC”.

  21. audrey Says:

    awesome and easy

  22. Pooja Says:


    Windows Key + Prtscn saves the screen shot in library for me but how can i take a screen shot to copy & paste it in a word document?

  23. siri Says:

    Thanks callie . yup it is FN , WINDOWS AND PRT SC…..

  24. Molly Says:

    same with me! i have latest toshiba w/ windows 8 and it wont work. help please?

  25. Rufus Says:

    Just get a Mac and press f2 ;)

  26. Ns82 Says:

    I used to have windows 7 on my toshiba laptop but due to having it stolen was given a new toshiba with widows 8. It’s the worst set up I’ve ever come across. So I have to press 3 buttons, then open my picture folder, and then drag and drop the picture. What was wrong with pressing print screen and ctrl v??

  27. Emoly ghd Says:

    with toshiba, windows 8 you have to hold down FN + WINDOWS KEY + PRINTSCREEN

  28. Handi Says:

    On my AtivPro, only Fn+Windows+PrtSc that works

  29. D.O#4 Says:

    I have an Acer Aspire V3 and it works for me…

  30. sandy Says:

    Load of rot. does not work at all

  31. Jessie Says:

    Beth, Mine works the same as yours fn key the windows the the prtsc

  32. Amber Says:

    I did what he said and the screen shot was put into my Pictures library under “Screenshots” but then when I clicked on that library folder it said there was nothing there to open (to edit) even though the FOLDER’s image showed my screen shot! How frustrating. Much preferred print screen and paste…SO much easier.

    Windows 8 needs some improvement and I hear MANY PEOPLE HATE IT AND SO DO I.

  33. kev Says:

    didnt work………… simple

  34. kev Says:

    its not the way it said at all, you have to press Fn+windows+print screen……. amature.

    thanks emoly ghd

  35. Katie Says:

    Please can somebody help me because I play this game called starstable i did the FN+WINDOWSKEY+Prntsc but then i paste and its just a black screen?Please help me! xx

  36. Dyanira Says:

    Where is the screen print?

  37. bali Says:

    Did work on Toshiba windows 8 thanks

  38. JT Says:

    I hate windows 8. I miss the START button at the bottom.

  39. JM Says:

    I did the fn windows prnt screen and nothing happened.. unless it just automatically goes in there; but how do you find it?

  40. LisaLynn Says:

    Your post fixed my problem so quickly. Thank you!

  41. johnrey Says:

    It works in my hp elitebook ^_^
    thanks …

    fn key+windows button+prt sc ;)
    thanks guys!

  42. Lance Says:

    No joy. Tried repeatedly. Still no screenprints. Will keep looking for solutions.

  43. Lance Says:

    This is the answer. I know it works because I did it. Thank you johnrey.


    johnrey Says:
    July 19th, 2013 at 12:30 am fn key+windows button+prt sc ;)
    thanks guys!

  44. Ieva Says:

    Doesn’t work for me no matter how long I keep the buttons pressed. the only outcome is nothing.

  45. Sydney Lewis Says:

    ugh i hate windows 8 >:( it makes me soo angry and i miss the start button

  46. Jessica Carrington Says:

    Windows 8 sucks! If it was only on tablets/touch screens it would make more sense. I just cant get used to it. I miss the start button. ]:

  47. mohammad Says:

    where is key on the on screen keyboard. i have been looking for the pint scr key forever still cant find it.

  48. edwin Says:

    great info!!!!!

  49. Judy Says:

    Just worked for me. The FN, Windows key and prtsc. I have Toshiba, Windows 8 lap top. Throws it right into your picture file.

  50. adam Says:

    you have helped my and i now can take photos when i am gaming.

    thanks, adam

  51. yomomma Says:

    i wanna screen shot not print dumb ass -.-

  52. Dolly Says:

    Ok, I get this now, FN + Windows + PRTSC, the screen dims and paste into a program. I pasted into InDesign.

    I was missing the FN key!

    Thank you!!!

  53. Spirit Says:

    It did not work but I have windows 8.1

  54. Abubakar sadiq Says:

    Its works on my hp pavilion.

  55. Jeff Says:

    Use snipping tool. It is awesome and comes by default with Windows. This is especially powerful when used with a tablet with pen input. I have been using this for more than a decade (Yes, tablet PCs with pen input were around then and it worked awesome then too – Compaq tablet PC!)

  56. Abdullah Khan Says:

    Thnks at last i found it….

  57. mizan Says:

    its work great
    Fn+windows buttum+Prt

  58. tn Says:

    What if you don’t have a keyboard and are using the windows keyboard?

  59. Elizabeth Says:

    It works for off my main window ill call it but I play a game called star stable and it is a black screen when I go onto other window things full screen windows with no tab bar… is there a special way I do it for that?

  60. Autumn Says:

    It didn’t work I did what the directions said but it did not work, it came up as PC Screen only/duplicate/extend/second screen only.

  61. Andrea Miyata Says:

    For us Toshiba laptop users, try Callie’s method:

    Function key + Window key + Print Screen key

    I just tried it and it works :-)

  62. Lolers112233 Says:

    Didnt Work I Have A Samsung Laptop,Windows 8

  63. vijayaraghavan Says:

    i have done as said but part of the screen shot also has the “screen saver” how can it be corrected?
    your answers are welcome

  64. Marcin Says:

    Thanks a lot..

  65. Roxana Guy Says:

    So easy and well versed. Thank you for the explanation.

  66. hope Says:

    what is the print screen. i am really new to this technology stuff. i use a toshiba PC windows 8.

  67. Okungu Says:

    A screenshot is as easy as ABC:
    1) On the start menu searcch/type screen
    2) Click “On-board” key-board
    3) Click “prt scr” on the Insert key
    4) Press ‘ctrl’ and ‘V’ to paste on e-mail or open document

  68. V. Okungu Says:

    A screenshot is as easy as ABC:
    1) On the start menu search/type screen
    2) Click “On-board” key-board
    3) Click “prt scr” on the ‘Insert’ key
    4) Press ‘ctrl’ and ‘V’ to paste on e-mail or open document

  69. Josh Says:

    Is there a way to completely reverse everything about this “feature”? and I mean… nuke it.

    Before, I could printscreen and paste… and I was done.

    Now: printscreen… try to open it in my photos… opens in some app I can’t figure out how to get out of… no way to copy the photo from the app… try to work my way around that… switch my primary photoviewer that I can use in conjunction with other programs like a sensible human being would actually want to do… I can actually copy it from there… but oh, can’t paste pictures into a facebook photo… only screenshots… which I can no longer get on my clipboard… so have to send it as an attachment now instead… look through some menus and VOILA… that only took literally at least 500 times longer.

  70. Losana Says:

    meh….still trying

  71. sajin Says:


  72. Sue T Says:

    THANK YOU! function key added now it works!

  73. Ali Says:

    it is helpful for me
    thank you so much callie

  74. He doesnt likehis Family Says:

    “David loves technology and the only thing he loves more than technology is teaching it to others.”
    So he loves Tech more than his family?


  75. Wilson Says:

    I have a fairly new Toshiba laptop and the *Fn + *Windows + *Printscreen worked for me. Thanks!

  76. Amy Says:

    When I do this, all my screen does is shoot to the bottom because my PRTSC key is also the END key. And everything I’ve read that tells me how to change that doesn’t work.

  77. Roxanne Jones Says:

    Lool doesn’t work on a Toshiba windows 8 laptop….there’s only end-PRTSC and that moves the screen down :(

  78. Dr Avinash Dixit Says:

    I must thank you for having learn the method to take the screen shot.

  79. MIDAS H. MAYEL Says:

    It worked on my HP windows 8(Intel Core i3)

  80. Robert Says:

    Held down windows key and hit prtscrn button, nothing happens what am I doing wrong? I have tried this numerous times with no results. Thanks

  81. Erika Says:

    Thanks for this!^^ I really love it

  82. screencapture Says:

    For people who can’t get a screenshot by pressing “Win + Print Screen” keys, try this: press “Win + Fn + Print Screen” keys.

  83. pattifedewa Says:

    I need this!

  84. pattifedewa Says:

    This should be of use…

  85. Tiyon Says:

    It’s not working for me.

  86. Karina McGovern Says:

    sorry that didn’t work for me

  87. D.Oneal Says:

    I played around with all the suggestions on my Toshiba laptop with Windows8 OS. This is what worked for me:
    Hold “FN” and the WINDOWS keys at the same time. THEN…hit the “PRTSC” key while still holding the other two keys down. The “PRTSC” key is a shared key and also labeled “END” on my laptop. That’s why I have to also hold down the “FN” key in order for the computer to bypass the default “END” function.

  88. Anjela Says:

    Where is print screen located?

  89. Johnny Says:

    this doesn’t work at all. I did not find a single screenshot in my ibrary.

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