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How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

Through your everyday work, you will be receiving a lot of messages on your computer screen that you want to save.

It can be a piece of website information, a picture, even some error message, a text you want to capture to express yourself with or anything else which may usually be hard to explain, otherwise, and to show it as a proof.

A screenshot in Windows 7 allows you to save your computer screen information easily instead of having to copy the entire text. 

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7

In this article, we will share the tips and tricks on how you can take screenshots in Windows 7, either directly from your keyboard shortcuts or using some external tools to get your job done.

This article will guide you through all the techniques that can be applied to your version of Windows 7 or even work on Windows 8.1. Microsoft offers various ways to take Screenshots on Windows 7 which sometimes are called "screen capture".

No matter which version of Windows 7 you are using whether it is Home edition, or Ultimate edition, or any other, always remember that even though you have multiple functional shortcut keys available on your computer keyboard, it is necessary to use an external program application. 

By merely just pressing alternative keys, you won't get any sign of saving a screenshot, nor the option to save or edit your images.

Tactics to Get You Started

The Default method

This first method is one of the most popularly used methods to take screenshots on your laptop or computer running on Windows 7.

First, locate the PrtScn ( print screen) key or the CTRL + PrtScn keys on your keyboard and press them together. Windows will make an active save of the screen as an image and save it to clipboard.

Note that to view the image; you will need another program to view your image—for example, MS Paint, Gimp for Windows, etc. Open the paint editing application and paste your picture from the clipboard by pressing CTRL + V. You can now save your image and start editing easily. 

Things to Consider Before Taking a Screenshot

  • Before taking a Screenshot on your Windows 7 pc make sure that your application program or the page you want to capture is open.
  • Finding the "Print Screen" button on your keyboard: Usually, the Print Screen button is located on the top upper right hand of your keyboard. The Print Screen button will be abbreviated as PrtScn or any similar abbreviations. 
How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7
  • MS Paint: This application for picture editing comes preloaded on your Windows PC. If you do not have the program, you can download it using Google Chrome. If you are unable to down this program, then use any other editing program which allows you to save your screenshots. To open MS Paint, go to your home screen and hover over the start menu. Write "Paint" in the search bar to open the application.
How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7

The Alt + PrtScn shortcut keys

It is one of the quickest and easiest methods to capture your Windows screen. Open the page that you wish to capture and simultaneously press Alt + PrtScn keys on the keyboard of your computer. You won't be able to view it, but it will be saved directly to the clipboard.

Now open any image editing program on your computer and paste the image from clipboard. Now, you can easily edit and save the image according to your needs.

The Multifunctional key 

If you are using a laptop or using an external keyboard that has an in-built Fn key working on Windows 7, pressing both Fn+PrtSc keys will take a screenshot of your screen and save it to clipboard after which you will have to open an editing program to save your picture from the clipboard after pasting it on a blank page of the application. 

Alternates keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots on Your Windows 7 PC or Laptop

The above-mentioned keys should work fine and get your job done easily.

But for some, there are few other keyboard techniques that you should know if the keys as mentioned above didn't work—pressing the Fn + Windows + PrtScn or Windows + PrtScn that allows you to save the whole screen of your computer and saves it to your HDD drive. 

Windows will then store it to your picture library containing a folder named Screenshots from where you can access your image directly without any need of using editing tools. 

Another option you can try is by pressing Fn + Alt + PrtScn which also takes a screenshot of your active window and saves it to your PC which is basically the same as pressing Alt + PrtScn on your keyboard.

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7

Third-Party Tools

There are many third-party applications and tools available both online and offline that you can download for free or have a paid subscription tool. Free Online Screenshots tools are available, and they are the most easy-to-use online screenshot-taking tools.

They can take high-quality images and allow them to be directly saved on your computer. Apart from taking screenshots, it also allows users to edit images with multiple in-built editing options to explore your creativity.

The third-party tool can save your image in multiple formats and allows you to share your image into various social media platforms without any efforts.

How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7

How to Use Free Online Screenshots in easy steps

  • Open
  • Type in
  • After entering, you will see an option called "Take Screenshots". Click on the button and wait as the tool will appear on the side of your screen.
  • After the tool appears, you will see a camera icon. Now, click on the icon as it will allow you to take screenshots of your page that you want to save. 
  • The image saved will appear along with some editing options. You can edit your image, save it to the tools free cloud storage, or share it online. 
  • You can also record your live screen using this tool and download the tool online for free.

Windows 7 in-built Tool

Windows 7 is a very powerful operating system and comes in various versions such as Home, Ultimate, etc. One of the Windows powerful tools is its pre-installed tool called the Snipping Tool.

This tool allows users to capture the computer's whole screen or a part of the screen and saves it in an image format. Great for desktop computers, the tool also features added editing options that easily lets users edit their images directly from the tool. 

How to Use the Snipping Tool

  • Open Start menu on your screen from the bottom left corner. 
  • You will see a "search-box" below. Type in the words "Snipping tool" on the search box and click on search results. 
  • A small tool will appear on your screen named Snipping Tool, and you will see multiple features and icons to add edit, and an option to take screenshots for your page.
How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7
How to Take Screenshots in Windows 7
  • Click on Accessories after the Snipping Tools opens.
  • On New icon, you will see many different "Snip Shapes" such as rectangular, window, full screen, etc. Choose a snip shape that you desire your image to be.
  • Now, drag the snipped area or choose a window to take the screenshot. 
  • After the process, new window pop-ups allowing users to edit images and add texts. 
  • Save your images easily by clicking on the "disc" icon, or by simply pressing the CTRL + S shortcut keys on your keyboard. 

Screenshot a Webpage on Windows 7

One of the most frequently asked questions on the internet is "How to Screenshot a webpage on Windows 7". For the Windows 7 users, such as Vista, there is a tool named Webpage Screenshot Capture that is available for free and can easily capture a still image of your webpage with just a click.

The tool allows users to take high-quality images of their webpage and allows them to save directly on to their PC or on their free Cloud Storage provided by the tool. To know how to use this tool on Windows 7 to capture webpage, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Firstly, copy the link of the webpage written on the top of the website. 
  • Open Chrome web browser and go to Chrome web store and type in "Screen Capture"  in the search box.
  • You will see an extension named Screen Capture or Web Screen Capture. 
  • Click on the install button. After the installation, you will see a screen Capture icon on the Chrome toolbar. 
  • Click on the button to capture the whole or a part of the webpage or simply press CTRL + Alt + H to save it. 
  • Once completed, an options bar will pop-up over the webpage with different options like adding texts, save, edit, share, etc.


So, this was our article on taking screenshots on your computer or laptops running on Windows 7. We hope we have been able to solve all your queries and doubts about taking various ways to save your screen. This comprehensive guide should have answered all your queries.

Windows 7 is not only a powerful operating system but offers many possibilities and tools for your PC to solve your problem on capturing active screens.In case of any doubt, you can contact us or go through various articles on our website.

Stay tuned, as we will come up with all the latest tips and tricks for your doubts to keep you updated.


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Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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