Looking for a way to make an image file of what you see on your screen? Here are some easy ways to do screen captures. We'll start with the most simple methods and work our way up to more full featured solutions.
Print-Screen Button and Windows Paint
Every version of Windows still in use has Paint, and it is likely something you've used before. If not, go to the Search at the bottom right of the Windows bar, right next to the Windows icon, and enter Paint (see image below for Snipping Tool).
How to Use It and What It Can Do - Note, you can click the image above for a short video demo of how to do this. This method is very simple: on your keyboard, find the Prnt-Scrn button and when you have what you want on your screen, hit that button.
You won't see anything happen, but don't worry: open Paint using the instructions above and click the Paste button. You'll see your screen image load into Paint. It will be your entire screen, so you may want to crop it after that. Paint's cropping tool is to the right of the Paste button. When you are done, click the floppy disk button to Save the image.
Windows Snipping Tool
Every version of Windows since Vista has had this handy utility. To find it, go to your Search at the bottom right of the Windows bar, right next to the Windows icon and enter Snipping Tool.
How to Use It and What It Can Do - The Snipping Tool is a great little utility! After you open it, just click the New button, then drag a box around the area you want in your screen capture image. When you let go, that image area will load into the tool's little editor. In there, you can use the pen to write over the image, use the highlighter tool to, um, highlight stuff, and they have an eraser you can use to remove your mistakes. Click the floppy disk icon to save your image and you're done!