5 Tips to Take Screenshots Properly on Windows – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

The Windows operating system makes it easy to take screenshots. You may have your favorite method of taking screenshots as there are many ways to do it.

No matter which method you prefer, we share tips and tricks to help you take screenshots on Windows better.

1. Remove the Activate Windows watermark.

If you haven’t activated your Windows, you may see one “Activate Windows” Watermark in the lower right corner of your screen. The watermark not only hinders the display and annoys us, but also creeps into screenshots.

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Since the watermark occupies a large part of the screen, Windows users face difficulties in taking screenshots. So if you want to capture the whole screen, you need to remove the watermark. If this is the case for you too, there is a super smart way to get rid of it.

Although there are different methods to remove the watermark, we are going to show you how to get rid of it with just a few changes in Registry Editor. Just follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the beginning press and select To run.
  2. Enter “regedit” and click OK.
  3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following path.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop
  4. In the right pane, locate the PaintDesktopVersion Key.
  5. Double-click it to change its settings.
  6. In which reading field type “0” and click OK.

Once you’ve done that, restart your computer and you won’t see the watermark the next time you log in. By removing it, you can take screenshots conveniently without worrying about the watermark sneaking in from the corner.

2. Choose the perfect way to take the screenshot

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous ways to take screenshots in Windows. However, to maximize your productivity, you should choose the right method depending on the situation. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right path if you’re always stuck:


  1. Use Windows’ Snipping Tool app to take a delayed screenshot and capture the screen in a specific mode (rectangular snip, full screen snip, etc.).
  2. Use the built-in Snip & Sketch app in Windows when you want to take a screenshot, edit it and share it with your colleague.
  3. If you want additional features like a powerful editor and the ability to save images directly to the cloud, consider opting for a third-party app – Snagit is one of the most popular choices.
  4. If the Print Screen button isn’t available on your keyboard or doesn’t register properly, you can reassign a different key to the Print Screen button, or use the on-screen keyboard instead. Therefore, if this happens, don’t worry and remap another key.

Based on your needs, the above tips should help you choose the right tool to take screenshots on Windows.

3. Use the fast way to hide personal information

It is often necessary to edit screenshots to hide personal information when shooting. However, you can edit an image online with professional software or with a special third-party app. You should use Paint 3D, a built-in Windows app for quick edits.

Paint 3D makes it super easy to edit and save screenshots directly. This saves you the hassle of renaming the file or saving multiple copies, making it difficult to find the edited file later.

To properly edit a screenshot in Paint 3D, follow these steps:

  1. Take a screenshot using your preferred method and save it to your folder.
  2. Then right-click the image file and select Paint 3D from the context menu.
  3. Use Paint 3D’s amazing features to edit your image.
  4. After you finish editing, click the Menu in the top left corner and press Save on computer.

That’s it. You don’t need to rename the file or choose where to save the edited file as the app replaces the original screenshots with the edited ones, speeding up the editing process and making image management easier. However, since the actual image file is replaced, if you save the improperly edited image, you may lose the original.

4. Save your screenshot in the right format

Unless the method you use to take screenshots doesn’t allow you to save the image files in a specific format, it’s important to save them accurately. In general, all image files are saved in two popular formats; PNG and JPEG. The former format compresses the image file with high quality while the latter delivers lower quality.

While we’d rather save our images in the highest possible quality (in PNG format), this has two disadvantages. First, the higher the quality, the larger the image, and second, the image takes longer to load. On the other hand, JPEGs are smaller and processed faster; However, you may have to sacrifice quality.


Windows allows its users to save pictures in their preferred format. You can choose the preferred format while choosing where to save the screenshot. So before hitting Save on computerselect your preferred format from the drop-down list.

5. Take the help of keyboard shortcuts

Taking screenshots with keyboard shortcuts is another way to make the process more efficient. Using Windows shortcuts such as print screen or open Snip and Sketch using the keyboard shortcuts (Win + Shift + S)can significantly speed up the process.

For more information on the other shortcuts available to you to quickly use the Windows Snipping Tool or the Snip and Sketch app, see the Microsoft documentation.

General tips on taking screenshots properly in Windows

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when taking screenshots in Windows:

  1. Don’t make your images too text-heavy. Instead, focus on getting the main point you want to convey.
  2. Consider taking focused screenshots whenever possible.
  3. Do not cut out the critical information from the screenshot.
  4. Do not use third-party screenshot tools that store them in the cloud to avoid compromising your security.
  5. Only share screenshots online after checking them for private data.

The right way to take screenshots in Windows

Hopefully, if you follow the tips covered in this article, you can capture high-end screenshots to perfection as well. So the next time you take a screenshot on Windows, don’t forget to try these tips and tricks.

Windows 11 supports many hotkeys for taking screenshots, just like Windows 10, so if you’ve already updated, try using them to take great screenshots.

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