Screenshots are a common way to capture and share information. Whether you're working on a project, troubleshooting an issue, or want to share something interesting, taking a screenshot can be a quick and easy way.
However, once you've captured the screenshot, you may find it contains more information than you need, or that you want to focus on a specific area. This is where cropping comes in – by selecting a ortion of the screenshot, you can highlight the information that's most relevant to you.
How to crop a screenshot on Windows
Is cropping screenshots to the ideal size troubling you?
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to crop screenshots on Windows using the Snipping tool without breaking a sweat!
How to crop a screenshot with Windows built-in tools
If you go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard in Windows 11, you can reassign the PrtSc key to launch the Snipping Tool.
If you want to use the screen capture tool instead of printing the full screen, you can check the Use the Print Screen Button to Open Screen Snipping box
Operating the Snipping tool with a mouse & keyboard
- Press the Windows logo key + Shift + S. Your PC darkens as you select an area for your screenshot.
- A default rectangular mode pops up. To change the shape of your snip, click and choose one of the options on the toolbar (Rectangular mode, Window mode, Full-screen mode, and Free-form mode).
- A notification appears and your screenshot is automatically copied to the clipboard.
- Save the screenshot.
Operating the Snipping tool with a mouse only
- Go to 'Start' and search for a 'Snipping Tool.' Select and open it from the results.
- Select 'New' to take a screenshot.
- Rectangular mode is selected by default but you can change the shape by choosing other options on the toolbar (Window mode, Full-Screen mode or Free-form mode).
- A notification pops up and the screenshot is automatically copied to the clipboard.
- Save the snip
How to crop the screenshot
- You can use the pre-installed Paint 3D tool to edit your screenshot.
- Open the screenshot in the Snipping tool.
- Select 'Edit' then click on edit with 'Paint 3D.'
- Click and hold the left mouse button and draw the shape you want around the area of the screenshot that you're interested in.
- Right-click on the image and select 'Crop' from the drop-down menu.
- Choose your preferred size for your screenshot. You can add color, text, or other enhancements.
- Click the save button and select 'Save As Type' to save your cropped screenshot.
Other built-in tools you can use to capture and crop a screenshot include
1. Print Screen
The Print Screen key is found at the top right corner of your keyboard. It is labeled as PrtScn, PrintScrn, PrtS or SysRq.
Here's how it works:
- Press the Print Screen to capture the image of your screen and copy it to the clipboard.
- Press Windows + PrtScn to crop the entire image on Windows.
- Copy and paste the screenshot to Paint or other image editors to edit it.
- Highlight the area of the image you want to remove then save.
2. Game bar
All Windows 10 and 11 users can use the built-in Game Bar as a screen recorder and capture tool. Here's how Game Bar works:
- Go to settings and enable Game Bar to record or take screenshots.
- Click on the Windows button + G key to start the Game Bar.
- Click the screenshot option in the Game Bar (Windows key+ Alt + PrtScn) to capture a full-screen screenshot.
- Copy and paste the image to Microsoft Paint to edit
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Downloading & installing Scribe on a Windows device
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Step 1: Record your process
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