How to take a screenshot on a Windows tablet without a Windows logo button?

I've gotten a new Windows tablet and want to take some screencaps for review purposes. However, the only instructions I find for doing that on a tablet involve pressing the volume down and the Windows logo button at the same time—but this cheap little tablet doesn't have a Windows logo button.

Is there some alternate means of doing this that doesn't involve hooking up a Bluetooth keyboard so I have a print screen button?

 

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Last updated May 16, 2020 Views 8,559 Applies to:

Hi,

 

I realize the inconvenience you are experiencing with Windows 10. I will certainly help you.

 

I suggest you to follow the steps below to take screenshot of the computer screen.

Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13776/windows-use-snipping-tool-to-capture-screenshots#1TC=windows-8

 

Please get back to us with an update on issue with taking screenshot of Windows screen, we will be happy to help.

 

Thank you.

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This works for some purposes, but not all. It can't capture images of the tablet interface, or of any app that runs in a full-screen mode—and it requires being able to manipulate a box on the screen, which isn't easy if you're using a finger and a touchscreen, especially if you need to start the rectangle at one of the corners near where other buttons are.

Is there some other hardware-button-actuated method for taking a screen shot that doesn't require the presence of a hardware Windows button? Is there some way the screenshot macro could be reprogrammed to use different buttons?

I have recently acquired another tablet, and it doesn't have a hardware Windows button either, so it doesn't seem as if this could be that rare of an issue.

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Option 1:

Use the PrintScreen, open paint, paste the screenshot and save the file.

Option 2:

You can try NirCmd to send the WinKey + PrntScrn keystroke automatically.

nircmd.exe cmdwait 2000 sendkeypress rwin+printscreen

The above command simulates WinKey + PrntScrn after waiting for 2000 ms (2 seconds). Setting the timeout may be necessary if you want to capture a menu, or set an active window before taking a full screen capture.

You may create a desktop shortcut with the above target, and assign a hotkey as required.

Option 3:

How to Start Snipping Tool in Capture Mode by Default? » Winhelponline

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/start-snipping-tool-capture-mode-default/
(To automatically select "Window" instead of Rectangle snip, change the code from:

nircmd sendkeypress alt+N r

to

nircmd sendkeypress alt+N w

See also: How to Take a Screenshot in Windows? Different Ways Explained. 3rd party utilities like GreenShot and ShareX have many useful extra features.

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OK, how do I "Use the PrintScreen" or "assign a hotkey" on a tablet with no keyboard?

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The "assign a hotkey" and "Print screen" stuff doesn't apply if no keyboard is used.

What about option 2 or 3?

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Use PowerShell

Take-Screenshot

Command:

Take-ScreenShot -screen -file "C:\image.jpg" -imagetype jpg

or:

[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Drawing")
function screenshot([Drawing.Rectangle]$bounds, $path) {
   $bmp = New-Object Drawing.Bitmap $bounds.width, $bounds.height
   $graphics = [Drawing.Graphics]::FromImage($bmp)

   $graphics.CopyFromScreen($bounds.Location, [Drawing.Point]::Empty, $bounds.size)

   $bmp.Save($path)

   $graphics.Dispose()
   $bmp.Dispose()
}

$bounds = [Drawing.Rectangle]::FromLTRB(0, 0, 1000, 900)
screenshot $bounds "C:\your_place\screenshot.png"


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How to use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots:

Windows 10: How to use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots.

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As mentioned above, option 3 doesn't work for what I need to do with it. Option 2 looks like the closest thing to something workable, I guess.

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As I said in one of my comments above, the snipping tool is awkward to use on a tablet with no mouse, plus it doesn't capture some of the things I want to capture.

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Option 3 in my example uses NirCmd to invoke Snipping Tool in any snip mode (full screen | window | rectangle ) you choose. So you don't have to click the New menu manually. Let's know how it goes.
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