how to take a screenshot in windows

In my post, I show you step by step on how to take a screenshot on Windows. I present two free tools you can use to save and edit your screenshots to use on your blog posts.

After reading my post, you will be able to take a screenshot and upload it to your WordPress website with ease.

Let’s begin.

How to take a screenshot with Paint 3D

If you have Windows installed on your computer, then you have Paint 3D. To check, click on ‘Start’ and scroll down to the letter ‘P’, there you will find ‘Paint’.

On my computer, I also have it on my tiles.

Paint 3D

First, open the screen you want to take a shot of, then push the ‘Print Screen’ key on your keyboard. This will save the screen image to your clipboard.

Next, open ‘Paint 3D’, you can use the tile or find it on your list. Once open, select ‘New’.

Welcome screen in Paint 3D

Now you have a canvas to paste your screenshot image.

How to take a screenshot on a pc or laptop in Windows using Paint 3D

Once open, paste your image here. You can use ‘Control’ and ‘V’, or right-click on your mouse.

How to save your image in Paint 3D

After you have pasted your screenshot. There are many options available to edit your image.

Once you have finished with your edits, select ‘Menu’ on the top left. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Save as’.

Save as

Select ‘Image’ from the options.

How to save a screenshot in Windows in Paint 3D

In the popup, give your image a name and save it to your computer. Your image will be saved as a PNG file. Now you have an image you can use in your blog post.

Video tutorial for taking screenshots with Paint 3D

Here is a YouTube tutorial video from Eventech76. He goes the process of using Paint for screenshots.

How to upload a saved screenshot image to your blog

To start, click on the new block icon. From the options, select ‘Image’.

Select image

In your new image block, select ‘Upload’.

Select upload

Select the image from your computer and the block will display your uploaded image.

How to add ALT text to uploaded images

Alt text is text added to images to describe what they are showing. This helps search engines index your images correctly.

After you have uploaded an image to your blog. Click on the image, and a little toolbar menu will appear above the image.

Click on the image block

Select ‘Replace’, then ‘Open media library’.

Replace and open media library

Once in your media library, complete the ‘Alt text’ and ‘Title’ information. Finally, click on ‘Select’.

Complete alt text and title description

How to take a screenshot with Gimp

Gimp is a free image manipulation program.

Gimp homepage

Gimp is free to install and use. To download Gimp, select the ‘Download’ link.

How to save a screenshot with Gimp

Once you have your screenshot saved using your ‘Print Screen’ key, open Gimp.

Once open, select ‘File’ from the menu. Then click on ‘New’.

How to take a screenshot on a pc or laptop in Windows using Gimp

In the popup, you can set your image size. I recommend leaving the size as default until you complete your editing, then set your image size.

Image size

Select ‘OK’, then paste your image on to the blank canvas.

Paste your image

After you complete your edits, resize your image. To start, select ‘Image’ from the menu, then ‘Scale image’.

Scale your image

In the popup, set the width and height of your image, then click on ‘Scale’.

Width and height

By default, Gimp saves images as XCF format. To convert to PNG, select ‘File’ from the menu, then ‘Export’.

File then export

In the popup, name your image and choose where on your computer you want the image to save too. Finally, select ‘Export’.

Name, save, and export

In the popup, select ‘Export’ again.

Select export

Once saved to your computer, return to your WordPress blog post and create an ‘Image’ block to upload your image.


In my post, I have shown you two excellent tools with step by step instructions on how to take a screenshot on Windows.

I use Gimp more than Paint 3D, I love the range of editing tools on Gimp. Both Paint 3D and Gimp are free to download and use.

Before you go to start taking screenshots, would you kindly spend a minute to leave me a short comment? Did my post help you? How do you take screenshots on Windows? I look forward to reading your comments.

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