You’ve probably only recently begun to use a multi-monitor setup to boost your productivity or enhance your gaming experience. With such a setup, however, there are a few hoops to jump through. What should you do, for example, if you only need to screenshot one monitor? Because this is a problem that some users are experiencing, we’ll look into a few possible solutions.
Taking a screenshot is simple and takes only a few seconds. When you add a second or even third monitor to the mix, things get a little more complicated. We’ll show you how to use built-in and third-party applications to screenshot only one monitor in this article. Let’s get this party started!
1. Using the Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool in Windows 10 isn’t the newest app on the block, but it gets the job done. Select the Snipping Tool from the start menu, or use the search bar to look for it.
Click on Mode and choose Full-screen Snip.
This will take a screenshot of your active monitor, which you can save anywhere. “Active” is the key word here. The Snipping Tool does have a limitation in that it can only screenshot the primary monitor. So, if you want to take a screenshot of the other one, you must first change your primary monitor in your display settings.
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2. Snip & Sketch
The Snipping Tool isn’t the best tool for the job, as previously stated. The newer Snip & Sketch app is an alternative.
From your start menu, open the app and select New.
Then, click the rectangular tool icon and drag the mouse from one corner of your monitor to the other, saving a single-monitor screenshot.
If you don’t like using built-in tools that require multiple steps, consider using a third-party program like Lightshot. This app is free to download for Windows and Mac, and it can also be installed as a browser extension. It’s one of the most user-friendly screenshotting programs available.
First, use the appropriate installer to install Lightshot. It will take over your Print Screen key once it is set up. Your screen will darken slightly when you press it, and the “Select Area” tooltip will appear next to your mouse cursor.
Simply drag the cursor from one corner of the screen to the other to take a screenshot of only one monitor. This will bring up a menu with a few basic tools, such as Marker and Text, but we don’t need those right now. All you have to do is click the Save icon and choose a location for the file. That concludes our discussion.
Please let us know which method you prefer, and feel free to share any screenshot apps that you find interesting in the comments section.
ScreenRec is a free screen recording software that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It’s a simple all-in-one tool that can be used for more than just taking screenshots of one monitor. It can also make a sound recording of your screen and generate shareable links.
The Alt+S key combination is used to take a screenshot or start recording. That is all there is to it. You can also annotate and highlight the most important parts of your screenshot.
Greenshot is a free and open-source screen capture program. The Windows version is free, but the macOS version costs $1.99. In any case, if all you want to do is take a screenshot of one monitor, it’s one of the easiest apps to use. It’s also available as a plug-in for a variety of programs, including Microsoft Office and Jira.
By pressing the PrtSc key after installing Greenshot, you can take a screenshot. That is all there is to it. Save the screenshot after selecting the area you want to capture. You can also create a shareable link and add annotations to the screenshot.
ShareX is a free screen recording program that is only available for Windows. It, like the other options on this list, can only screenshot one monitor or a specific area, but what sets it apart is its sharing capabilities. ShareX has a number of pre-defined websites, such as Imgur, Flickr, ImageShack, and Twitter, where you can directly upload your screenshot.
Use the intuitive task menu to take a screenshot, annotate it, and share it.
7. Awesome Screenshot
If you use Google Chrome as your primary browser, you should check out Awesome Screenshot. It’s a screenshot-taking browser extension for Chrome, and there’s a free version available.
Take a screenshot of your computer screen and save it to Google Drive.