[Tip] Use “Win+Shift+S” Hotkey to Take Selected Area Screenshot in Windows 10

"PrtScn" (Print Screen) key on your keyboard can be used to take full screen screenshot and copy it to clipboard. After that you can paste the screenshot image in any image editing software such as MS Paint, Adobe Photoshop, etc and save the file. You can also use "Alt+PrtScn" key combination to take a particular program window screenshot. These methods to take screenshots work in all Windows versions.

With the release of Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft introduced a new hotkey "Win+PrtScn" which automatically takes screenshot and saves the image file in your "Pictures" library folder. This hotkey works in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. You can check out Point 2 in following article to learn more about this trick:

Hidden Secret Features and Useful Hotkeys in Windows 8 and Later

In Windows 10, Microsoft added one more hotkey "Win+Alt+PrtScn" to automatically take screenshot of a specific program window and save it to your "Videos\Captures" library folder. Check out following tutorial to learn more details about this method:

[Tip] Use "Win+Alt+PrtScn" Hotkey to Take Program Screenshots in Windows 10

Today in this article, we are going to share another hotkey to take automatic screenshots in Windows 10.

With the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has added a new hotkey in Windows 10 which can be used to take screenshot of selected area of your computer screen. This keyboard shortcut works in newer versions of Windows 10.

You just need to press "Win+Shift+S" keys together and your computer screen will be covered by a white overlay. Now you can select any desired area of the screen using your mouse cursor. As soon as you release the cursor, the selected screen area screenshot will be automatically copied to clipboard.


Now you can paste the screenshot image in any image editing software such as MSPaint and save the file.


If you remember the same keyboard shortcut also works in OneNote application and Microsoft has just ported the same to Windows 10 newer versions. Its a very useful keyboard shortcut to take screenshot of custom area of your computer screen. It might become very useful if you want to share screenshot of a particular portion of your screen and not the full screen.


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  • @VG!

    Is there any problem with Windows 10 Creators Update x64 En-US image downloaded before public release date April 11, 2017 (I have downloaded the same on April 07, 2017 using MCT).

    Should I need to download En-GB edition if I use English India as default display language?

    Is there any option add En-GB language pack in image so I will not need to download the image again?

    In fact, CRTL key is not working with the combination of "Z/X/C/V/P/Shift" in my notebook since perform clean install of Windows 10 Creators Update.

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:


  • Having to open another program to paste it into is a pain; why not just automatically 'drop' the capture to a specific folder!? :/

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