How to take cropped screenshot in Windows 11

Screenshots are essential when you want to capture and display a specific event on your computer, such as an error, or guide people close to you on a setting they can’t find alone. Alternatively, you may want to save some information for later.

The use cases for screenshots are limitless; However, you don’t need a full-screen screenshot every time, as it may contain sensitive information. A cropped screenshot can work wonders in that department, as it only shows the parts you want and leaves the rest of the screen off.

There are many native and non-native ways to take cropped screenshot on Windows 11 computer, and for your convenience, we have listed them all below.

Windows 11 comes with a Snipping Tool app that lets you take screenshots anywhere on the computer with a shortcut key. Since this is a built-in function, you do not need to have the program installed or running in order to use the shortcut key.

Go to the screen you want to screenshot, then tap Windows , Shift , S shortcut key. Your screen will dim slightly, and you should be able to see an overlay window at the top of your screen.

After that, if you want to take a screenshot of the freeform shape, click on the ‘freeform’ shape icon. Otherwise, click on the ‘Rectangular’ shape icon to take a rectangular screenshot.

To have more granular control over the screenshot-capturing process, go to the Start menu and type Snipping Tool to search for it. Then, click on the ‘Snipping Tool’ tile from the search results.

After that, click on the ‘Mode Selection’ button and click on the option you want. If you want to take a delayed screenshot instead, click on the ‘clock’ icon and select the required delay.

Once you have selected the desired option, click the right mouse button and drag the cursor on the screen to select the area. Then, after covering the desired area, release the mouse button to take the screenshot.

You will then receive a toast notification of the captured screenshot. Click on a screenshot to open it in the Snipping Tool app.

Otherwise, you can also find the screenshot in the ‘Pictures’ folder in the ‘Pictures’ directory.

If, for some reason, you are unable to use the above method, you can also take a screenshot using a third party tool. PicPick is one such free tool.

First of all, visit picpick.app using your favorite browser and click on the ‘Download’ button. You will be redirected to another webpage.

After that, click on the ‘Download’ button on the ‘Free’ tile. This will start the download.

Once downloaded, go to your default download directory and double-click picpick_inst.exe to run the installer.

On the installer window, click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.

Afterwards, click on the ‘Browse’ button if you want to change the default installation directory. Otherwise, click on the ‘Install’ button.

Once installed, the PicPick window will appear on your screen.

To click on the cropped screenshot, click on the ‘Region’ option.

Now, click and hold the right mouse button to start selecting the area and release it to capture the screenshot of the selected area.

The captured screenshot will appear on the PicPick window. You can copy the screenshot by either pressing Ctrl , C shortcut on your keyboard, or you can save it by pressing Ctrl , S keyboard shortcut.

If you chose to save the screenshot, a File Explorer window will open, which you can use to save it to your desired location.

3. Use the Xbox Game Bar

This is more of a workaround rather than a method, but you can also take screenshots in Windows 11 using the Xbox Game Bar. However, you can only take a screenshot of a single app window. Additionally, Game Bar only allows you to take a full window screenshot, which you can crop using third-party tools or MS Paint.

To call up the game bar, press Windows , G Keyboard shortcuts on your keyboard. Once the Game Bar appears, click the ‘Camera’ icon on the Capture window to click Screenshot.

After that, click on the ‘View my captures’ button to proceed. It will open a new window on your screen.

Next, choose the screenshot you want to view from the sidebar and then click on the ‘Open file location’ button to continue.

Then, right-click on the screenshot and hover over the ‘Open With’ option. Next, click on the ‘Paint’ option.

On the Paint window, click on the Chevron for Selection tool and choose ‘Rectangular’ or ‘Freeform’ as per your needs.

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Then, click and hold the right mouse button and drag on the screen to select the desired area and release the button. Squeeze Ctrl , Shift , X Keyboard shortcut to crop the picture. Otherwise, you can also click on the ‘Crop’ button.

finally press Ctrl , S Keyboard shortcut to save the screenshot at your desired location.


There you go, people. It’s really easy to take cropped screenshots on a Windows 11 computer, and the methods mentioned above will help you achieve that.

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