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During the usage of a Windows or computer, we often come to a point where something funny happens or you come to learn about something informative and you might like to share those moments with others. There is a simple way to screenshot of what you are seeing on your screen and share it with others as image. Microsoft has made the screenshot taking in Windows 8 and its powered devices very easy and screenshot taking is just 2 buttons away.

We all know that you can take screenshots by pressing the ‘Windows key + PrintScreen (often printed as PrtScn)‘ button on your keyboard and the screenshot is saved automatically but, if, you own a Windows 8 tablet then, screenshot taking is also very easy and includes just two buttons.

This tutorial will provide the 3 best and easiest ways to take screenshots on your Windows 8 devices including Surface and other tablets and you won’t even need to save the screenshots.

Method 1 – Hardware buttons:

If, you own a Windows 8 tablet like Surface then, you can use the hardware button combination on your tablet to take screenshots.

  • Just press and hold down the ‘Windows key‘ on your tablet which will vibrate your tablet a bit and while holding it, press the ‘Volume down‘ button on the left of Surface.

Note: The Volume button placement may differ from tablet to tablet.

Your screen will flash for a sec and that’s the sign that the screenshot has been taken.

Method 2 – Using keyboard:

How to take screenshots on Surface or any other Windows 8 device - 3 best ways

If, you are using a keyboard then, you can simple press the ‘Windows key + PrintScreen‘ button combination to take screenshots. Your screen will flash for a sec which means that the screenshot has been taken.

Method 3 – Using the Snipping tool:

The above two methods take screenshots of full screen but, if, you want to capture a specific area of the screen then, you can use the Snipping Tool by Windows. The snipping tool gives you the ability to capture specific area of screen.

  • You can open the snipping tool by searching for ‘Snipping tool‘ after going to Search Charm (Windows key + F or swiping from right and selecting search).
  • Once the snipping tool has been opened, you can press the ‘New‘ button to capture a selective area of the screen.

How to take screenshots on Surface or any other Windows 8 device – 3 best ways

  • You can drag around the area which you want to capture. Once you leave the mouse button or lift your finger, the screen capture would be displayed to you which can be saved by pressing the ‘Save’ button on top ribbon.

Where the screenshots are saved?

You might be wondering where the screenshots are saved when you take them using the first two methods. The screenshots are saved in your ‘Screenshots‘ folder under the ‘Pictures‘ library.

How to take screenshots on Surface or any other Windows 8 device - 3 best ways

Tip: You can also change the folder where the screenshots are saved by following the tutorial here.

Well, the above 3 method were the easiest ever methods to take screenshots. Have some other way take screenshots? Share with us in the comments below and we may add it in the article.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more awesome tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8.

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  • Dan

    Awesome! I’m a mac user converting to sp3 and the snipping tool is s game changer! Thank you!