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How To Take A Partial Screenshot on Windows Computer

by Simon Todd
How To Take A Partial Screenshot on Windows Computer

Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Partial Screenshots on Windows Computers

Taking partial screenshots on Windows computers is a great way to capture only the most important parts of your screen. Whether you’re trying to share a specific part of an image or document, or just want to save time by not having to crop out unnecessary elements, this guide will show you how to take partial screenshots on Windows computers.

Step 1: Open the Snipping Tool. The Snipping Tool is a built-in program that comes with all versions of Windows since Vista and can be used for taking screenshots. To open it, type “Snipping Tool” into the search bar in your Start menu and select it from the list of results.

Step 2: Select your snip type. Once you have opened the Snipping Tool, click on “New” in the upper left corner and select one of four snip types: Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip or Full-screen Snip. Depending on what kind of screenshot you want to take, choose one accordingly.

Step 3: Take your screenshot. After selecting your snip type, use your mouse cursor to draw around whatever part of the screen you want captured in your screenshot (for Free-form and Rectangular snips) or click directly onto whatever window/screen element you want captured (for Window and Full-screen snips). Once done drawing/clicking around what needs capturing, release your mouse button and a preview window will appear with an image of what was just captured in it – if everything looks good then click “Save As” at which point another window will appear prompting you for where/how exactly do you wish to save this file (e.g., as an image file).

And that’s it! You have now successfully taken a partial screenshot using Windows’ built-in tools!

How to Use the Snipping Tool for Partial Screenshots on Windows Computers

The Snipping Tool is a useful utility for Windows computers that allows users to take partial screenshots of their screen. This can be helpful when you need to capture only a specific portion of the screen, or if you want to highlight certain elements in an image. Here are the steps for using the Snipping Tool:

1. Open the Snipping Tool by searching for it in your Start menu or typing “Snipping Tool” into your search bar.

2. Once open, click on “New” and select which type of snip you would like to make: free-form, rectangular, window, or full-screen snip.

3. After selecting your desired snip type, use your mouse cursor to draw around the area that you would like to capture and release when finished drawing.

4. The screenshot will then appear in a new window with editing tools available at the top of the window such as pen and highlighter tools for further customization of your screenshot before saving it as an image file (PNG).

5. When finished editing, click “File” at the top left corner and select “Save As” from the dropdown menu; choose where you would like to save it on your computer and click “Save” once done selecting a location folder/directory on your computer hard drive/storage device (e.g., USB flash drive).

By following these steps, users can easily take partial screenshots using their Windows computers with ease!


Q1: How do I take a partial screenshot on a Windows computer?

A1: To take a partial screenshot on a Windows computer, press the “PrtScn” (Print Screen) key on your keyboard. This will capture the entire screen. Then open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image into it. You can then use the selection tool to select only the portion of the image you want to capture and save it as an image file.