How to Take a Screenshot on a Microsoft Surface

Two Methods:Native to DeviceNative to Windows 8.1

Taking screenshots on a Microsoft computer might be easy with third party programs, but when it comes to Microsoft Surface tablets, the process looks complicated. Without the ability to install most third party screenshot programs, the process seems hopeless until you realize how easy it is. If you'd like to learn this process on your Surface, follow along below.

Method 1
Native to Device

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    Turn on your computer to the screen you'd like to screenshot. Whether it's a screenshot of a game's tricky secret information, or some other dialog box, bring yourself to the point where you'd like to screenshot.
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    Locate and press the volume down button at the top of the device just to the right of the power button. (On older model Microsoft Surface's such as the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2, this volume switch will be on the left side of the device, when the device is held in landscape mode and the Microsoft button on the outside of the device is facing downwards towards the hard surface.) This is only one of two button you'll need to press consecutively to capture your screenshot.
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    Locate the Windows button on the outside of the screen. This is the second button of the two you'll need to use to capture your screenshot. On a Microsoft Surface 3, this button will be on the very right hand side of the device, when the device is held in landscape mode. On a Microsoft Surface 2, this button will be at the very bottom of the device when the device is held in landscape mode.
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    Press both the volume down and Windows buttons simultaneously to capture your screenshot of the entire screen. The screen will flicker once when your screenshot has been taken.
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    Find your screenshots stored in the Screenshots subfolder of the top-level Pictures folder on the username's account the screenshots have been taken from on that specific device.

Method 2
Native to Windows 8.1

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    Realize that this feature will not work for taking screenshots of the Windows 8.1 desktop, but will work on almost any other program/application you have on the device/Windows(Microsoft) account on your device. So, gather up the page you'd like to screenshot.
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    Open your charms menu. If you have a smart cover for the device or some other wireless keyboard connected to the Surface, the charms menu can be obtained by pressing Win+C. If you don't swipe in from the right side of the screen to obtain your bar.
    • Wait for the Charms bar to darken into a black coloring. At first, the charms will not be dark enough to see properly, and definitely not dark enough to easily see the charm you'll need.
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    Tap the Share charm.
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    Look for and tap the drop-down near the top of the Share menu.
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    Select the Screenshot location.
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    Look for and tap one of the programs that is in the list that is able to take, receive and publish a screenshot of your screen. There are only a small handful of programs that can receive these screenshots. You won't need to be signed in at first to the service, but it's better to be signed in when creating the screenshot.
    • Just a few of the items include such popular software titles that can obtain screenshots as the Windows 8.1 Native Mail app, Facebook, Twitter and Skitch Touch. For the full list of programs you have on your account that can receive screenshots from the device, you can see this list in your Microsoft Surface's Microsoft account settings.
    • Authorize whatever apps to your accounts as each program needs in whatever format it requires, if asked to do so. Realize that if you aren't signed in at first when you go to take the screenshot, and you go to send the screenshot, you'll have to go back and have it take another one and that you'll need to re-open the process from opening the Share charm again.
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    Post your screenshot to whatever program or whatever app can receive these screenshots.

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