There are plenty of ways to take screenshots while running Windows on an x86-based PC or device, including some great third party software utilities like WinSnap. But if you’re using Windows on an ARM-based device, such as the original Microsoft Surface RT or Surface 2, many screenshot options and software are no longer available. While advanced third-party screenshot utilities for the Surface may be limited, Microsoft has still provided an easy way to take basic screenshots with just a quick button combination. Here’s how to take screenshots on the Surface and other Windows-based tablets.
First note that the method described here will capture your entire screen, but you can always edit your whole-screen captures after the fact in order to isolate the desired item or region.
When you’re ready to capture a screenshot of your current Surface or tablet screen, press and hold the Windows button on the front of the device and then press and release the device’s volume down button. Note that we’re talking about the Windows button that’s on the device itself, not the Windows key that may be on a Bluetooth keyboard or, in the case of the Surface, a Touch Cover or Type Cover. The steps are illustrated in the image below, although the Surface volume toggle is hidden by the perspective of the image.
Once you press the volume down button, you’ll notice the screen dim for a quick second and may hear a shutter sound depending on your volume settings. This indicates that a screenshot has been successfully captured. By default, Windows will save the captured screenshots to a folder called Screenshots in your user’s Pictures folder. Images will be saved in the Portable Network Graphics (.png) format.
Related: Learn how to move your default Windows screenshot folder to a location other than your Pictures folder.
The steps above deal with the quickest way to grab a screenshot on a Windows tablet — at heart a replacement for the Windows Key + Print Screen option that non-tablet Windows users enjoy. If you want to exercise a bit more control over your screenshots, such as saving in a different file format or capturing just a single portion of the screen, you can use the Windows Snipping Tool, which is available for both x86- and ARM-based versions of Windows.
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Why You Should Use ActivePresenter to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10
Like other versions of Windows, Windows 10 also has some built-in facilities to capture snapshots. For example, many users use the Print Screen button (PrtScn) to take a quick screenshot with or without saving it as a file. Others often prefer the Snipping tool which has been a part of the Windows (7/8.1/RT 8.1/10) for a long time. However, these methods have their own limitations. Most importantly, they lack the ability to capture mouse movements, plus a lot of editing options.
If you want more flexibility, ActivePresenter is truly your best choice. Even what you can do with the app is more than merely taking screenshots. That is, you can capture anything easily and create screenshots in a matter of seconds. Above all, ActivePresenter supports a lot of editing features, giving you many chances to edit screenshots. Let’s me show you.
Here are some benefits of using ActivePresenter to take a screenshot in Windows 10:
- Provide four modes to take a screenshot of anything, from a button to the entire screen.
- Easy to capture screen as images using the PrtScn key on the keyboard.
- Edit screenshots before saving them. It is possible to add smart shapes, insert text, change size or even adjust opacity and hue.
- Create a vast number of screenshots at the same time. This is a “secret” function which even ActivePresenter fans still don’t know. So, keep reading because you will find out this at the end of this article. Amazing!
- Ideal for bloggers, writers, editors, or supporter service officers who work in the field of technology and customer services. Instead of using text, you can capture screenshots or create a tutorial with ActivePresenter to explain information. Then, send it to your customers’ emails or upload it to social platforms. No longer talk for hours on the phone or chat all day on Skype!
- Edit screenshots taken by other tools. To do that, paste your screenshots into the Canvas of ActivePresenter.
Now, it’s time to test it out.