How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 8 with No Extra Software

By Taylor Gibb on August 27th, 2012

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Today we are going to show you a nifty new shortcut built into Windows 8 that lets you capture everything that’s on your screen–this is the first time that Windows has really included a built-in way to capture screenshots.

Taking a Screenshot in Windows 8

Switch to the Start Screen and launch your app of choice.

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To take a screenshot, hold down the Windows key and press the PrtScn (Print Screen) button on your keyboard.

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Now press the Win + E keyboard combination to open Explorer and navigate to your Pictures library in the left-hand side panel, here you will find a newly created Screenshots folder, double-click on it to open it up.

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Inside you will find all the screenshots you have taken, listed in chronological order.

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That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 08/27/12
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