How to take a screenshot on Surface

Whether you just come across a funny post on twitter or you want to capture a goofy facial expression made by your friend during a video call, screenshot plays a significant role in our everyday lives. It gives you the ability to save whatever it is that appears on your screen at once.

Taking a screenshot with your phone has become common knowledge, but how will you go about it using your Microsoft keyboard or a tablet surface? For Microsoft surface users, there is an array of options you could use to capture those funny and special moments on your screen.

By using your keyboard:

From the original models of Microsoft surface to the Surface Pro 3, there isn’t a print screen key button which would have functioned as an alternative to taking screenshots. Instead, you could perform a simple keyboard keys combination to execute the screenshot command.

With a type surface or a touch cover attached to you Microsoft surface, simultaneously press and hold the Fn + Windows key + Space bar. You will notice the screen dim then brighten again showing you that a screenshot has been taken.

For Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro, there’s no windows button, but it includes a print screen key. You’ll need to make sure the function key is off then hit the Windows keys + PrtScrn keys at the same time.

Screenshot in tablet mode:

To take a screenshot when using your surface in tablet mode is very similar to taking a screenshot on an android device.

To take a screenshot, press and hold the windows icon button which is at the bottom of the tablet then simultaneously press the volume down button on the side of your surface. At this point, you should notice your screen dim then brighten again to indicate a successful screenshot.

For Surface Pro 4 and 2017 Surface Pro models, the process is quite different since they don’t have the windows button. On these models, hold down the power button and press the volume up button at the same time.

Using the snipping tool

If you’d like greater control regarding what area of display you capture, the surface spinning tool gives you even more preciseness on what you capture. To locate and use the spinning tools, open the search function on your menu bar, and open the application on your desktop.

The spinning tool gives you multiple screenshot options like:

  • Free-from Snip: it lets you use your mouse finger or pen to capture a specific area.
  • Rectangular snip: it captures a precise, manually selected area.
  • Window snip: it captures a user-selected window.
  • Full-screen snip: it captures the entire screen.

Once you’ve selected the option you prefer, it automatically takes a screenshot.

Using surface pen:

Surface pen uses an active digitizer in the display to provide a precise and accurate pen input. However, it can be customized to perform a variety of functions which includes screenshots. One of the most useful features of using a surface pen is its ability to take screenshots and by default save them to the OneNote app. Using a surface pen also gives you the option to either screenshot the entire screen or a particular area of the screen.


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