The 6 Easy Ways To Take Screenshots On A Microsoft Surface Pro

There are a lot of computer gadgets in the market today, but only a few have become globally recognized for their efficiency. One of them is the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet/laptop. By offering amazing features and exciting characteristics, the Surface Pro range has slowly grown to become a popular name in the laptop market. Keep reading to discover the 6 easy ways to take screenshots with Microsoft Surface products.

Its great features include a detachable keyboard, an adjustable kickstand, and an efficacious digital pen amongst others. Overall, the device is excellent-performing, making the top choice for students, digital artists, writers, creators, and other professionals who require first-class, handy gadgets for their day-to-day activities. 

If you’ve recently switched from another laptop, you might find it challenging to take a screenshot on the Surface Pro, particularly in tablet mode. In truth, the Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 10 has a lot more capabilities than just snapping screenshots. However, continue reading to find out which option is best for you to take screenshots on the device.

Microsoft Surface Pro

How to Take A Screenshot Without A Keyboard on A Surface Pro

This approach is excellent if you desire to utilize your Surface Pro as a tablet without attaching it to the typing cover. To snap a screenshot on the Surface Pro using hardware buttons, follow these steps:

  • Hold down the Power button.
  • While holding the Power button, press and release the Volume Up button on the device’s side.
  • To notify you that a screenshot has been taken, the screen will fade and then brighten again.

Note that screenshots taken using this approach will be kept in a folder called “Screenshots” in the Pictures Library 2 folder. 

How to Take a Screenshot on a Surface Pro Using a Keyboard

If you have a Surface Type Cover attached, you may capture screenshots in the usual method by pressing the corresponding PrtSn (Print Screen) key on the keyboard. There are two ways to do so:

Option 1: Capture the screen displays and save them to the Windows Clipboard.

  • To take a screenshot, use the PrtSn key.
  • Copy and paste into your favorite application, such as Paint or Word.

Option 2: Select only the current window and copy it to the Windows Clipboard.

  • To take a screenshot of the active window, use Alt + PrtSn.
  • Copy and paste into your favorite application, such as Paint or Word.

Screenshot Microsoft Surface Pro

How to Take a Screenshot with a Pen on a Microsoft Surface Pro

The passing of years has seen a steady improvement in the performance of the Surface Pen, especially on Windows 10. Part of this development includes the addition of a new feature called Screen Sketch to commemorate the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. This feature records the device’s screen and display tools for sketching, cropping, and other tasks.

With this capability, you can snap a screenshot with the Surface Pen. To use the screen sketch function, follow the following instructions.

  • Double-click the eraser button on the Surface Pen’s top.
  • By clicking the “Save As” icon in the top right of the screen, you may now modify, crop, and save the screenshot.

Microsoft Surface Pro Pen

How to Take a Screenshot on a Surface Pro Using Windows Snipping Tool

Another way to take a screenshot on the Surface Pro device is with the use of the Snipping tool, a built-in screenshot software in Windows that provides more controls and features than the methods described above. To use this tool:

  • Open the Start menu and type “Snipping Tool” or type directly into the Cortana textbox.
  • You may also get this application by going to the Start menu and looking in the Windows Accessories folder for the Snipping Tool.
  • When you run the tool, you have four options for taking screenshots: full desktop, selected program windows, any size of a rectangular shape, and any form you design manually.
  • When you pick an area to take a screenshot of, it will open in a new window. Before saving the snapshot, you can draw or highlight it. You may save the screenshot as a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or HTML file with this application.

How to Take a Screenshot on Your Surface Device Using the Windows Snip and Sketch Tool

Microsoft has included a new contemporary tool called Snip & Sketch in recent Windows 10 updates that lets you to swiftly annotate screenshots, photographs, and other images using your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste, or share with other applications. To use this tool to take a screenshot, follow these steps

  • Open the Start menu and type “Snip & Sketch,” or type directly into the Cortana textbox. You may also get this tool by going to the Start menu and looking for the Snip & Sketch app.
  • When the tool loads, click New and then Snip now.
  • Choose an area to photograph.
  • A new Snip & Sketch window will open with the grabbed picture. At this point, you may comment, draw, or highlight anything you like on the snapshot.
  • To save the screenshot to a file, click the Save icon. Alternatively, click the Transfer icon to copy the snapshot to the Windows clipboard so you may paste it elsewhere.

How to Take a Screenshot on the Surface Pro Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Here comes another hassle-free way to launch the Snip & Sketch tool. By utilizing the Windows 10 shortcut keys, you will be able to get a good screenshot. To do this, you must:

  • Press and hold the Windows and Shift keys on your keyboard, then press and release the S key. It will start the Snip & Sketch tool in screen clipping mode, allowing you to quickly choose and grab any area you wish.
  • Within the tool, you may now comment, draw, or highlight the snapshot.
  • To save the screenshot, click the Save icon. Alternatively, click the Copy icon to copy the snapshot to the Windows clipboard and paste it elsewhere.

There you have it – the six quickest and easiest ways to snap a screenshot on your Surface Pro.

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