How to take a screenshot on a Microsoft Surface | ENBLE

How to take a screenshot on a Microsoft Surface | ENBLE

Capture Memorable Moments with Screenshot Features on Your Surface Device

Surface Tablet

Remember the last time you caught your friends and relatives making hilarious faces on Skype? Or perhaps you needed to capture accessible photos of online resources or programs? Screenshots are a handy and versatile tool that can benefit users in many ways. With a simple press of the keyboard’s print screen key on your computer, you have the power to capture anything and everything happening on your desktop. But what if you want to take a screenshot on your Surface tablet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Method 1: Use buttons and keys

The original Surface through the Surface 3 does not include a Print Screen key on its official Touch or Type Cover accessories, making taking screenshots a bit less straightforward than on a computer. Instead, you’ll need to perform a button combination to execute the command. Follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Windows icon button located on the tablet’s screen.
  2. While still holding the Windows button, simultaneously push the Lower Volume rocker (minus) located on the side of the tablet.

You will notice the screen dimming and brightening again, as if taking a snapshot with a camera. Once the screenshot is captured, follow these steps to locate it:

  1. Select the Folder icon located on the taskbar to open File Explorer.
  2. Choose Pictures on the left or select OneDrive if it’s configured to store screenshots in the cloud.
  3. Double-click on the Screenshots folder to access your captured images.

Note: Some compatible third-party keyboard covers may include the Print Screen key, allowing users to capture a screenshot with just one press. However, if you don’t have this key, you can simply follow the two-button instructions provided above.

Surface Pro 4 and newer

For devices like the Surface Pro 4 and newer, which don’t have a Windows button, the process is a little different. Here’s how to take a screenshot on these devices:

  1. Hold down the Power button.
  2. Press the Volume Up button.

Again, the screen will flicker, and the screenshot will be saved in the same location.

Surface Duo

Microsoft provides two ways to take a screenshot on its Surface Duo phone:

  1. Press and hold the Power button.
  2. Select Screenshot.

Alternatively, you can press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. The capture will be saved to the Albums > Screenshots folder in the Photos app.

Surface Type Cover

Method 2: Use a Type or Touch Cover

Although the Type and Touch Covers before the Surface Pro 4 do not feature a Print Screen key, they do have the ability to capture screenshots using a keyboard shortcut. For keyboards without a Print Screen key, use the following shortcut: Fn + Windows + Spacebar. The screen will dim and brighten again, indicating a successful screenshot.

For the Surface Pro 4 and newer, the Type Covers do include a Print Screen feature. It is located on the F8 key, but to access it, the Function key needs to be disabled first. Press the Function key, and the tiny LED turns off, signifying that the Function keys are disabled. There are two options available:

  • PrtScrn: Saves the screenshot to the clipboard only, unless OneDrive is set up to store screenshots in the cloud.
  • Windows + PrtScrn: Saves the screenshot to the local Screenshots folder.

Method 3: Snipping Tool

If you prefer more control over your screenshots, you can utilize the Snipping Tool. This tool allows you to capture either the entire display or specific sections of it. Follow these steps:

  1. Type “snip” in the taskbar’s search field and either left-click on the icon to open the application or right-click to pin it to the Start Menu or taskbar.
  2. Once the Snipping Tool is open, you’ll see a few options: New, Mode, Delay, Cancel, or Options.
  3. Select one of the four modes:
    • Free-form snip: Use your mouse, finger, or pen to capture a custom area.
    • Rectangular snip: Capture a manually selected rectangular area.
    • Window snip: Capture a specific window, like a browser.
    • Full-screen snip: Capture the entire screen.
  4. Select New, and adjust the snip according to your preference.
  5. Save the screenshot in any location as a JPEG, PNG, or GIF file. You can also annotate the capture using a Surface Pen, if available.
Surface Pen

Method 4: Use a Surface Pen

The Surface Pen is a powerful tool that offers precise and detailed pen input with its active digitizer. It also comes with customizable buttons that allow you to perform various tasks, such as erasing, writing, opening apps, and more. One of its best features is the ability to save screenshots to OneNote, whether on the app or desktop. Here’s how to configure your Surface Pen:

  1. Go to the Action center and select the All settings option.
  2. From the Settings app, select Devices from the list.
  3. Look for Pen & Windows Ink on the left and select it.
  4. Scroll down until you see Pen shortcuts for personalizing the Click once, Double-click, and Press and hold assignments. The available choices depend on the type of Surface Pen model you have.

For example, the 2017 Surface Pro came with a Surface Pen that has an eraser button which can take screenshots and send them to OneNote when the double-click setting is enabled. You can also use the pen to indicate the specific area you wish to capture if you prefer a full-screen capture. The captured screen will appear in the default OneNote notebook and section.

Brace yourself for a screenshot extravaganza on your Surface device. Whether you prefer button combinations, using a keyboard cover, the Snipping Tool, or the Surface Pen, you have numerous options to capture your most memorable moments, hilarious Skype calls, or important online resources. Get ready to screenshot like a pro and enjoy a world of creative possibilities!