As a software reviewer at PCMag, snapping screenshots is something I need to do all the time. There’s no better way of showing readers how a program actually looks in operation. I mostly review Windows 10 software, so I’m familiar with the various ways to capture screens on that operating system. But almost every computer user occasionally needs to take a screenshot, if only to share what they’re seeing on the screen with a colleague or external business.
It’s astonishing how long it’s taken to perfect this simple capability. Windows has had screen-printing capabilities since the first PCs (though that text-based option differed from today’s raster screenshots), but even the latest Windows update, version 1903 (aka May 2019 Update), has added some new screenshot functionality. As a result, taking a screenshot on the latest Windows 10 version is more flexible and powerful than ever.
Below, I’ll go through the several ways to capture the PC screen so that you can choose which works best for you. Please don’t hesitate to share your screenshot-taking tips in the comment section at the bottom of the article.