How to take Screenshot of One Screen with Dual Monitors

There are multiple ways to capture Screenshot of a particular Monitor on a Multiple or Dual Monitor Windows Computer. This post provides a simple and quick way to take Screenshot of only one Screen when you do have Dual or Multiple Monitors connected to your Windows Computer in Extended mode or the mode in which all your Monitors together form a single Desktop Area in which you can Move Windows around and Move Cursor to any Monitor Screen.

Screenshot of One Screen in Multi or Dual Monitor Windows Computer

Screenshot of One Screen in Multi or Dual Monitor Windows Computer

The above Screenshot says it all or just read on to know more. In order to take Screenshot of only One Screen, just Move Mouse Cursor and press the Keyboard Shortcut F6 as depicted in the above Screenshot. Yes you would need to have the above software installed on your Windows Computer and that’s it. Note that in case the F6 keyboard shortcut is in use by some other software, a different keyboard shortcut would allow you to take screenshot of only one screen.

Screenshot of One Monitor

Screenshot of One Monitor

In case you would like to take screenshot of only one Window irrespective of whether the Window is on First, Second or Third Monitor, you can use the Alt + Prt Scr Key on your Keyboard to capture the screenshot and then you can save it using an Image Editor like mspaint. You can also use the Snipping Tool as outlined in the Take Screenshot of Partial Window post. Yes using Snipping Tool for taking a Screenshot of one Monitor can be a little bit tedious task and hence the above said Software Application comes to rescue and allows you to take Screenshot of One Monitor with a Single Keyboard Key.

Dual Monitor Software

Dual Monitor Software

You can alternatively use the Software Application presented above to take Screenshot of any Monitor you Want. Although the title of the above Screenshot says it is a Dual Monitor Software, you can still use it to manage more than two monitors connected to your Windows PC. Yes Microsoft has provided lots of useful features for Multiple Monitor Windows Users in Windows 7 onward Operating System, still Keyboard Shortcuts are the best ways in Windows to get the job done. Now you do not need to take Screenshot of all Monitors, navigate to an Image Editor and trim the captured Image to show only one Monitor. Simply use any of the Software Applications listed above and Take Screenshot of any Screen you want when using a Multiple Monitor or Dual Monitor Windows PC.

 

Easy way to take a Screenshot

There are multiple ways to take a Screenshot on a Windows Computer and this post describes a really easy way to take a Screenshot without any technical knowledge. Yes the method described in this post is more easier than you might think. All you need to do is a simple click and you have a Screenshot which you can utilize in any way you want. Whether you want to report a bug in a software application or you wish to share an image of your Desktop.

Easy way to take Screenshot

Easy way to take Screenshot

Download and run Screenshot Application and Open it. In case you are using Internet Explorer on your Windows Computer, you will see a Notification from Internet Explorer prompting you about the action you wish to take for the downloaded Screenshot Application. The best part of this Screenshot Application is that you do not need Administrative Access to your Windows Computer, neither you would need to follow any installation procedure. Yes taking a Screenshot with the Screenshot Software is really easy. Have a look at the Internet Explorer Notification Window displayed in the Screenshot below.

Screenshot App in Internet Explorer

Screenshot App in Internet Explorer

This easy way to capture Screenshot captures Screenshot of your whole Desktop Area and allows you to edit the Screenshot with the help of default Image Editor. In case you have not installed any other Image Editor, your Desktop Screenshot will open up in Microsoft Paint Brush Application. In case you are using some other browser like Google Chrome, Firefox or any other Browser, your browser will display a download notification little bit differently.

Capture Screenshot with JumpList Shortcut

Capture Screenshot with Jump List Shortcut

The Screenshot Software Application presented here is a Java based Application which is really safe to download and cannot infect your Windows Computer with any kind of Virus or Malware. As there is no Installation required for this Screenshot Application, you can use it as a Portable Screenshot Application and carry it in a USB Drive or even share it by Email. You can also assign a Keyboard Shortcut to run this Screenshot Application with Jump List Manager for your Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Computer. The above Screenshot displays the Capture Screenshot Jump List task added to the Shortcuts list allowing you to easily and quickly capture Screenshot as and when you want.

Add Screenshot Shortcut to JumpList

Add Screenshot Shortcut to Jump List

The above Screenshot displays how the Screenshot Shortcut has been added to the Jump list. taking Screenshot with a simple and yet easy to key mouse shortcut is the easiest way to take a screenshot. All you need to capture Screenshot is right click on the Jump List Manager Icon in task bar and then click on Capture Screenshot and that’s it. The Screenshot will be taken Automatically, saved as a .png file and your default Image Editor will display you the Screenshot to view, edit or share.

Screenshot without Print Screen

Taking a Screenshot on a Windows Computer without Print Screen Button on Keyboard requires you to use a dedicated software application. Yes there are multiple ways in which you can capture a Screenshot without pressing the Print Screen Button depending on your which Windows Operating System you are using.

Screenshot without Print Screen

Screenshot without Print Screen

In Order to capture Screenshot on Windows Vista onward Operating Systems like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, etc, you can use a Microsoft Supplied Accessory Software named as Snipping Tool which can capture Screenshot of Full Scree, Screenshot of a particular Window or even Screenshot of an arbitrary area defined by you. There is already a post written in this website which talks about Taking Screenshot with Snipping Tool in which various Screenshots have been provided and easy to follow steps have been provided. The above Screenshot displays a Free Form Screenshot captured with the Snipping Tool on a Windows 7 Computer.

Screenshot without Print Screen in Word 2013 File

Screenshot without Print Screen in Word 2013 File

In case you do have Microsoft Office 2010 or later version, you can take a screenshot in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office Application by utilizing the Insert Screenshot feature as displayed in the screenshot above. Adding Screenshot to Microsoft Office Documents talks in detail about this feature. All you need to capture in Word or other Microsoft Office Applications is select the Application Window whose Screenshot you wish to capture and Microsoft Office will take the Screenshot and add it to the Microsoft Office Document.

Screenshot with Macro Script

Screenshot with Macro Script

Another way to Take Screenshot without using the Print Screen Button on Windows Keyboard is to use a Windows Automation Software as displayed in the Screenshot above. The Auto Screenshot Software presented above can be used to create a Script and Take Screenshot as and when the Script is Executed. The Windows Automation Software presented above works on Windows XP and later versions of Microsoft Windows and you can even execute the Macro from a Batch File or even from a Command Line.

Take Screenshot with Command Line

Take Screenshot with Command Line

The final method to take a Screenshot without using the Print Screen button is to use a Screenshot Application and run it from Command Line. Yes you can use it in batch file or even with Task Scheduler to capture Screenshots. The best part of this unique Free Screenshot Application is that it opens up the Screenshot Automatically in default Image Editor so that you can view the Screenshot captured and save it in your desired file format.

Auto Screenshot Software

This post presents a Software Application which provides the functionality of Capturing Screenshots Automatically. Further this post displays how you can schedule Capture of Screenshots and finally this post displays how to view the Screenshots captured. The Software Application presented here can be used on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and even on Windows 8.1 Computers. The Screenshots displayed in this tutorial have been captured on Windows 7, so if you are using another Windows Operating System, the Task Scheduler Screens might look different on your Operating System.

Auto Screenshot Software

Auto Screenshot Software

The above Screenshot displays how you can Capture Screenshots Automatically. The Software displayed above basically allows you to add Screenshot Action and then when you execute the Script, the Screenshot will be captured and stored in a specific folder as .png file. Here you can specify how many screenshots you wish to capture and at what duration interval, you want the screenshots to be captured when the script is executed.

Start Automatic Screenshot Capture

Start Automatic Screenshot Capture

There are multiple methods in which you can start Auto Screenshot Capture. One of the method is displayed in the screenshot above. In Order to execute the Screenshot Script, press Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl + F5 when the Script is in Focus or press select the Script Menu and then select the Execute option to capture Screenshot.

Auto Screenshot Capture with Desktop Shortcut

Auto Screenshot Capture with Desktop Shortcut

Another way in which you can take screenshot is to save the Screenshot Script as a .mcs file and then either Double Click on that file or Right Click on the File and Click on the Open Menu option. Once you have saved the script to a file, you can open that .mcs file anytime you want and let the Software capture Screenshots Automatically as configured in the Script.

View Screenshots Stored by Auto Screenshot Script

View Screenshots Stored by Auto Screenshot Script

In order to view the Screenshots captured, Open the Software and Click on the Menu Option Screenshots Captured by AMC from the View Menu as displayed in the Screenshot above. Note that the Screenshots have been saved by the software with file name created with Screenshot Date and Time. You can also assign a Keyboard Shortcut to execute the Auto Screenshot Script as displayed in the Screenshot below.

Capture Screenshots with Keyboard Shortcut

Capture Screenshots with Keyboard Shortcut

Assigning a Keyboard Shortcut will let you Capture Screenshots Automatically as and when you want. The Number of Screenshots to capture and time delay between the Screenshots is stored in the Script and hence all you need to capture Screenshots is just Execute the Script Macro with any of the methods outlined above.

In case you want to capture Screenshots Automatically at a later date / time, you can use Windows Task Scheduler to Capture Screenshots Automatically. Rest of this post describes how you can configure Task Scheduler to Auto Capture Screenshots with the Screenshot Script file created above using Auto Mouse Clicker Application for Windows.

Schedule Auto Screenshot Capture

Schedule Auto Screenshot Capture

In order to Locate and Open Windows Task Scheduler, open Control Panel and search for the word schedule and click on the Schedule tasks link as shown in the screenshot above. In order to Schedule Automatic Screenshot Capture, create a basic Task and schedule it and that’s it. Whenever you want to view the Screenshots Captured, you can always view the Screenshots captured using the View Screenshots option as described earlier in this post.

Create Basic Task with Task Scheduler to Capture Screenshots Automatically

Create Basic Task with Task Scheduler to Capture Screenshots Automatically

The above Screenshot displays Task Scheduler being used to create a Basic Task. Enter an Appropriate Name and Description for the task and click on Next to proceed ahead and create a Windows Scheduler Task to capture Screenshots Automatically at later Date Time on a Recurring basis or only at Specific Date / Time.

Specify Path of Auto Screenshot Capture Script in Task Scheduler

Specify Path of Auto Screenshot Capture Script in Task Scheduler

The above screenshot displays an important aspect of this whole process of creating a Task to Auto Capture Screenshot of a Windows Computer. Note that the Action Selected to create this Auto Screenshot Task is Start a Program and the Program/script field has been filled with file path of the Auto Screenshot Script File with .mcs file extension. Once you have specified the file path of the .mcs file in Task Scheduler, just complete the process of creating the Task and the Script will capture Screenshots of your Windows Computer and will store at predefined location automatically.

Take Screenshot in Microsoft Office Applications

Adding Screenshot to Microsoft Office Documents like Word, Excel or PowerPoint is really easy and quick. You can add Screenshot of any running Application in Office Document with a single click. There are basically two broad ways in which you can add Screenshot of Microsoft Office Documents. Either you can add a Screenshot of any running and non – Minimized Application or you can capture a particular area of you screen and add that particular screen image to your Office Document.

Screenshot in Word Document

Screenshot in Word Document

The above Screenshot displays how you can easily Add a Screenshot of a Running Application in Microsoft Word Document. Note that the Insert Tab of the Word 2013 is selected and a button named Screenshot has been clicked in the Screenshot. Also note that there is another option which reads Screen Clipping, which is a way to add partial Screenshot of your Display. The Snipping Tool also allows you to capture Partial Screenshot of your Display without having a dependency of Microsoft Office.

Windows Application For Taking Screenshot with Microsoft Office

Windows Application For Taking Screenshot with Microsoft Office

The above Screenshot displays a Windows Application whose Screenshot has been captured using Microsoft Word 2013 Application. Note that when you wish to add a Screenshot to a Word Document using the Insert Tab, the Application must be running and must not be minimized. When you want to take a screenshot, launch the desired Application and then launch Word without Minimizing the Application of which you wish to take Screenshot.

Screenshot in Power Point Slide

Screenshot in Power Point Slide

The above Screenshot displays the Insert Screenshot feature of PowerPoint 2013 with the same Application running behind Point. Note that the Mouse Tip in PowerPoint displays the Title of the Application Window. Yes the Screen Clipping Option is available in PowerPoint as well and can be used when the Window titled Available Windows does not displays your desired Application Window or when you wish to take screenshot of a window partially.

Screenshot in Excel File

Screenshot in Excel File

The above Screenshot displays the Screenshot being added to an Excel File and the functionality of adding a Screenshot to Excel is same as in Word and PowerPoint Applications of Microsoft Office. Once you have understood How to Add a Screenshot to Word, Excel or PowerPoint Document, you can follow the same procedure to add Screenshot to other Microsoft Office Applications. This Insert Screenshot Functionality was introduced in Office 2010 and the Screenshots provided in this post have been captured on Microsoft Office 2013.

In case the Screenshot Added to Word, Excel or PowerPoint with Insert Screenshot functionality of Microsoft Office does not seems fit for the purpose, you can use the Screen Clipping option. You can alternatively Take a Screenshot using either Clipping Tool or with Print Screen button on Keyboard and then later Edit the Screenshot and finally add the Screenshot to your Office Documents.

Take Screenshot on Windows 8

In order to take a Screenshot of complete Display, all you need to do is press the Windows Key + Prt Scr Key on your Keyboard and Windows 8 will capture Screenshot of your Display and store it as a .PNG File in the Screenshots Folder of Pictures Library as displayed in the screenshot below.

Screenshot in Pictures Library of Windows 8

Screenshot in Pictures Library of Windows 8

Yes you can take a Screenshot in old fashioned way using the Prt Scr and Alt + Prt Scr Key on Keyboard apart from this new Screenshot feature built by Microsoft in Windows 8. In case you would like to know more about other ways in which you can take a screenshot on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Computer, do read the post Take a Screenshot in Windows 7 and utilize the power of your Windows Operating System.

Windows Key and Prt Scr Key on Windows 8 to Take Screenshot

Windows Key and Prt Scr Key on Windows 8 to Take Screenshot

The above screenshot displays how you need to press the Window Key and Prt Scr button on Keyboard to capture screenshot. You can use Left Win Key or Right Key Button, but you need to press and hold it and with other hand, you need to press the Prt Scr button on Keyboard connected to Windows 8 Computer in order to capture Screenshot. When you press the Win Key and Print Screen Key on Keyboard, Windows 8 visually indicate that the screenshot has been captured, just like flash of a camera. Your Screen will be covered with a White transparent Window and a small duration animation will confirm that the screenshot has been captured and stored in the Screenshots folder of the Pictures library as displayed in the first screenshot of this post.

Change Screenshots Folder in Windows 8

Change Screenshots Folder in Windows 8

You can even Change the Folder where you want Windows 8 to store Screenshots captured with Windows Key + Print Screen Key on Keyboard. In order to change the Screenshots Folder in Windows 8, navigate to the Screenshots Folder in Pictures Library, Right Click in the Folder and Click on Properties. A special tab named as Location in the Properties of Screenshots Folder allows you to change the Location where Screenshots captured in Windows 8 are stored.

When taking Screenshots on Windows 8 with Window Key and Print Screen Key, a Screenshot Image File is stored as PNG File in the Screenshots Folder and simultaneously the Screenshot is stored on the Clipboard as well. You can always press Ctrl +  V in an Image Editor to verify / check what image is currently on the Clipboard.

Screenshot File Format

A Screenshot can be stored in multiple file formats like Bitmap File, JPEG File, PNG File , etc. When a Screenshot is captured on a Windows Computer with Prt Scr or Alt + Prt Scr button on Keyboard, the Screenshot is stored in Bitmap File format. For sharing Screenshots by EMail or other File Sharing Methods, PNG File format is preferred file format as it gives the same quality of Image and occupies less space as compared to Bitmap File.

Screenshot stored as Bitmap File

Screenshot stored as Bitmap File

Look closely at the Size Column of the above Screenshot of Windows Explorer Window which displays the same Screenshot stored as a Bitmap File and then stored after being converted to PNG File format. The Size of the Bitmap File in the above screenshot is 543 KB, whereas the same Screenshot occupies 29 KB when stored as a PNG File.

Screenshot Converted to PNG File

Screenshot Converted to PNG File

The Above Screenshot displays the PNG Screenshot File selected in Windows Explorer. You can easily verify that the above displayed two files have same screenshot in them by looking at the thumbnail of the Screenshot. When storing a Screenshot as a File, you can select which file format must be used to store the Screenshot file as displayed in the Screenshot below.

Save Screenshot as Bitmap, JPEG, Gif, Tiff or in PNG Filr Format

Save Screenshot as Bitmap, JPEG, Gif, Tiff or in PNG Filr Format

The above Screenshot displays File Format selection Screen of Microsoft Paint Application. In case you do have different Image Editor to view and save Screenshot Files, you can always click on File – > Save As Menu to view the available File Formats to save Screenshot File. Whether you wish to send Screenshot by EMail or upload it to some website, PNG File Format is the best File Format for Screenshots which handles text and other graphics in best possible way.

Screenshot File Format Converter

Screenshot File Format Converter

In case you have already captured multiple Screenshots and you wish to convert them to different file format, you can use an Image Converter which can easily and quickly convert Screenshot Files(s) from one format to another. As Screenshots are Image Files, you can also use an Image Resizer to Re-size multiple screenshots to different width and height.

How to Send Screenshot with Gmail

In order to send a Screenshot with Gmail, you need to create an Image File and then you can either Attach the Screenshot to the Message or Add Screenshot using Drag and Drop feature provided by GMail Message Compose Window. This Tutorial briefly describes how to send Screenshot in an EMail Message on Windows. Yes you can follow the same procedure to send a Screenshot using GMail on Macintosh and Linux as well.

Screenshots Stored on a Windows Computer

Screenshots Stored on a Windows Computer

The above Screenshot displays few Screenshot Images stored in a Folder on a Windows Computer. Note that the procedure to send Screenshot with GMail works on Apple Macintosh and Linux Computers as well without any issues. The procedure to capture Screenshot has been described in the post How to Take Screenshot on Windows 7 post and you can also find other tutorials about Windows XP and other Operating Systems as well on this website.

Software Screenshot to be Sent in a GMail Message

Software Screenshot to be Sent in a GMail Message

The above screenshot displays a Screenshot of a Software Application captured using the Prt Scr Button on Keyboard and then later cropped using Microsoft Paint Application. Once you do have the screenshot stored on your computer, you can proceed ahead and attach the Screenshot to New Gmail Message or even reply to any existing EMail Message in your Inbox.

Compose New email Message with GMail

Compose New email Message with GMail

The above screenshot displays a new Message Window in which we are going to Add the Screenshot. Look closely at the bottom of the message where you can see an Attachment Icon to attach files. Screenshot Files are picture files and are often of PNG, GIF, JPEG, JPG, or other File Formats. Remember lesser the size of Attached Screenshot File, the faster you will be able to upload the Screenshot and faster your Recipient(s) will be able to download or view the Screenshots sent by you.

Add Screenshot to GMail Message

Add Screenshot to GMail Message

In order to Add Screenshot to your GMail Message, select the Screenshot File in Windows Explorer (On Windows Computer), in Finder (On Apple Macintosh) or Folder Browser on Linux and drag the Screenshot onto the GMail Message Window as displayed in the screenshot above. Depending on the size of your Screenshot File and Speed of Internet Connection, it will take couple of seconds and the Screenshot will be displayed in the GMail Message window as shown below.

Screenshot Added to GMail Message

Screenshot Added to GMail Message

You can add single or multiple screenshots in a single Message to by sent by GMail Message. When Sending Screenshots, PNG File Formats are good enough to share visual information. Before Sending Screenshot by GMail, do Click on the Screenshot in the GMail Message Window and select the size in which you want Screenshot to be delivered.

Screenshot by EMail

Sending Screenshot by EMail is really easy and can be done within seconds without using any extra third party Screenshot Software. This post describes steps to send Screenshot by Email with an EMail Client like Windows LIVE EMail and the steps involved are the same for other email clients like Microsoft Outlook an othher EMail Client Applications for Windows.

Send Screenshot by EMail

Send Screenshot by EMail

First of all you need to capture a Screenshot of a particular Window or Full Screen Screenshot using the Alt + Prt Scr Key on Keyboard or Prt Scr Key on Keyboard respectively. You can read more about Prt Scr and Alt + Prt Scr Keyboard Keys or just press the Key Combination on Keyboard and you are ready to go.

Screenshot to be Sent by Email

Screenshot to be Sent by Email

Once you have captured a Screenshot on the Clipboard, the next step is to Open or Launch EMail Client Application with which you need to send the Screenshot captured. This tutorial uses Windows LIVE Mail Application which is a Free Email Client Application for Windows Users from Microsoft.  The above screenshot displays the screenshot to be sent by Email captured with Alt + Prt Scr Keys on keyboard. Note that you will be able to see the captured Screenshot only after issuing a paste command in your Email Client as displayed in the screenshot below.

Screenshot in EMail

Screenshot in EMail

The above Screenshot displays a Screenshot captured using Alt + Prt Scr buttons on Keyboard and ready to be sent to intended recipient using Windows LIVE EMail Client. Note that this method requires you to send email using a Email Client which can handle images and can send EMail in HTML Format. In case you would like to send Screenshot using GMail or any other Web EMail, you need to attach a Screenshot file to the message. The method to create a Screenshot File was described in the post Take Screenshot on Windows 7 post of this blog. In case you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can alternatively create a Screenshot file using the Screenshot Tool which is named as Snipping Tool and is included in the Operating System itself by Microsoft.

Screen Capture Benefits

There are lots of benefits of using Screen Capture wherever a single task is done multiple times. Screen Capture allows you to share how a particular task must be done. Third Party Software Application Developers, Operating System Creators like Microsoft, Apple, Ubuntu, etc harness the power of Screen Capture by displaying important features of their software applications, and they also use Screen Recording to create Instructional Video demonstrations.

View Captured Images in Google Image Search

View Captured Images in Google Image Search

Google Images and Youtube have together utilized the power of Screen Capture. Google Images allows you to search and view Screenshots / Images of almost anything on Earth. Youtube on the other hand allows you to view recorded video easily and quickly.

Watch Recorded Videos on Youtube
Watch Recorded Videos on Youtube

Screen Capture has been used since long time and even today is the best way to communicate and share data. Books now a days have graphical images which are captured by Authors to visually display the topic in hand. Online Tutorials also harness the power of Screen Capture and display Screenshots and Video to teach the tutorial.

Windows Screen Automation Software

Windows Screen Automation Software

You can also consider Screen Capture as Automation of Repetitive Tasks. Once you have recorded a Demonstration, you do not need to do it again and again to display the same method to people. Sharing Videos and Image Files over Internet is one of the most popular things. Screen / Image Capture is everywhere in various formats like Recording a Video with WebCam, Taking a Picture or Recording a Video from Camera, Taking a Screenshot on a Windows, Mac, Linux or any other Computer, etc. Advanced Screen Capture Systems are used for Research and also for Entertainment purposes.