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How To Convert a Printscreen Screenshot into a JPEG, GIF, BMP, or PNG—the Easy Way, for MS Windows

Converting a Print screen image into a usable image file is easier than you think.  In just a few simple steps, you can take any image from your computer screen and create a .jpg, .gif, .bmp, or .png.  Whichever you wish.

This How-To is for all versions of  Microsoft Windows.

Now, before I begin, let me just state that every computer keyboard is slightly different—therefore your keyboard print screen function may be different than what I have on my keyboard.  I am using a Toshiba Satellite, for my PC, to grab a screenshot of what I'm looking at, I need to press the Function key (FN) and the END/PRTSC button above the numeric keyboard (number pad) on the right-hand-side of my keyboard. The PRTSC (print screen) button is typically located in the same region on most keyboards.  However, if you are using, say, a Dell PC, you may need to press the CTRL button and the PRTSC (print screen) to capture your onscreen image/view.

Hopefully, since you are reading this, that means that you already know how to capture a screenshot and are simply looking for a quick and easy way to take that screenshot and convert it into an actual image file.

So, let's get started!

 Step One

  • Capture your image—CTRL & PRTSC or FN & PRTSC (see notes above)

capture your screenshot

 Step Two

  • Open the Basic Paint program that all versions of Windows has (the icon is a small painters brush and pallet) 
  • Once it is open, Press CTRL and the letter V at the same time—this will automatically paste your entire screenshot into the Paint program
press ctrl & v into Microsoft paint

 Step Three


  • Now, that you have your image in Microsoft Paint, Click FILE
  • Next, from FILE click SAVE AS
  • From SAVE AS, a side menu will appear; here you will see a short list of file types to choose from—choose the file type that suits your needs
If a simple image file is what you need, I recommend saving as a .jpg file

click FILE, SAVE AS, select desired file type

How To Convert a Photo to JPG Format

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