Quick Tip: Take fast screenshots with Windows 8 shortcut

Capturing and saving a screenshot in Windows 8 can be as simple as a basic keyboard shortcut.

In my job as an editor at TechRepublic, I have to create screenshot images just about every day. Before Windows 7 that generally required a several step process: one step to copy the screenshot to the clipboard, one step to paste it into Paint or similar application, and one last step to save it to a hard drive.

When Windows 7 came along there was the Snipping Tool, which did not really reduce the number of steps, it just sort of rearranged them slightly: Start the Snipping Tool, pick what you wanted an image of, snip it, and then save it to a hard drive.

While Microsoft Windows 8 still has the Snipping Tool, it also has a new keyboard shortcut for capturing screenshots. If you click the keyboard combination of the Windows Key + Print Screen, Windows 8 will capture the current screenshot and save it automatically in the Pictures Library. If you are on a tablet the combination is the Windows Key + Volume Down.


Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

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