How to Save Screenshot in Windows 8 Without Paint Tool [Windows 8 Hidden Feature]

The recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview has several new features and functionalities. One new feature or hidden feature that you may like in Windows 8 is capturing screenshot. In Windows 8 (CP), no need to use image-editing programs like Paint tool to save the captured image. Once you take screenshot, the captured image will be saved automatically as PNG file.

Windows-8 CP

In previous versions, including Windows 7, users could take a screenshot by using PrtScr key. The captured image will be copied to the Clipboard and users need to use MS Paint or similar tool to save the image.

In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you can take screenshot by using the same PrtScr key, but if you use Win + PtrScr keys simultaneously, the captured image will be saved directly to Picture folder as PNG File.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.


  1. Anantu

    Mar 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Really useful feature that I wish for very long time. Thanks for sharing the trick.

    • Kannan

      Mar 4, 2012 at 2:24 am

      Hi, Anantu, I also dreaming for the same!

  2. Haris

    Mar 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Very useful and interesting tricks for Windows 8. Really a nice addition to Win 8.

    • Kannan

      Mar 4, 2012 at 2:22 am

      Hi, Haris thanks for stopping by…

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