You can show off your best gaming moments by taking screenshots. Some players take in-game snapshots of their record scores or post-game reports and stats to share with friends. Screenshots of games with beautiful 3D graphics can also make good desktop wallpapers.
Creating in-game snapshots in Windows 11 is relatively easy. Windows 11 includes tools for taking screenshots. Some third-party software packages also provide screen capture options for games. Here are six different ways you can take in-game screenshots in Windows 11.
1. Capturing screenshots of games with the game bar
The Xbox Game Bar is Windows 11’s pre-installed app for capturing game snapshots. Game Bar is an overlay app that you can activate with a hotkey. It includes options for taking screenshots, recording games, adjusting audio, and viewing performance information. Here’s how to take in-game snapshots with the Game Bar:
- Open and start playing a game that you want to take screenshots of.
- Press the game bar To win + G key combination to view the overlay.
- Click To establish on the overlay toolbar.
- press the Take screenshot knob. Then you will quickly see a screenshot saved notifier appear.
- To view the snapshot, click See my recordings in the shot box. You will see a thumbnail for your captured screenshot in the Gallery window.
You can open the screenshots folder with the game bar by selecting a thumbnail in Gallery and click Show file location. Click Get on to open the folder. You can then double-click the images in File Explorer to open them using Photos or alternative default software.
As we mentioned before, you can also use the Game bar to record your gameplay. Check out our guide to recording gameplay on Windows 11 for more information.
2. Capturing screenshots of games with Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts
Windows 11 has a clipboard that allows you to take full-screen screenshots of games. Start a game and press the PrtSc key to take a snapshot. The clipboard will temporarily store the image. So you have to open Paint (or an alternative app) and paste the image into that app by pressing Ctrl + v, and then keep it.
The clipboard can store multiple captured screenshots (with the history feature enabled). However, taking in-game snapshots with PrtSc isn’t ideal as you have to manually paste them all into an image editor to save them. A better method is to press the To win + PrtSc hotkey while playing a game. That will take a snapshot and automatically save it to a Screenshots folder with this folder path:
3. Capture game screenshots with GeForce Experience
GeForce Experience is an optimization app for NVIDIA graphics cards. It allows users to adjust graphics settings, update NVIDIA drivers and take in-game screenshots. NVIDIA GeForce Experience has an overlay that you can access during gameplay, including screen capture tools.
The GeForce Experience software is usually preinstalled on PCs with supported NVIDIA GPUs. So you don’t need to install that software if your PC has a supported NVIDIA GPU. This GeForce experience system requirements page lists all supported GPU series for that software.
If your PC meets those system requirements but doesn’t have that NVIDIA software installed, you can download it here GeForce experience page. Click on the green To download to save the GeForce Experience setup wizard. Double click on GeForce_Experience_v220.127.116.11.exe to open the installation wizard and select the Agree and install choice.
If you have GeForce Experience installed, you will find that the overlay is a good alternative to the Xbox Game Bar. However, that feature must also be enabled in order to use it. Here’s how to take in-game snapshots with GeForce Experience:
- Right-click the NVIDIA icon in the Windows system tray to select: NVIDIA GeForce Experience.
- Log in to your NVIDIA account in the login window. If you don’t have one, click the Create account option to set one up and then sign in.
- Click on the Settings button at the top of GeForce Experience.
- Make sure your PC meets the system requirements for the overlay feature by clicking the In-game overlay on the right side of the GeForce Experience window.
- Turn on the In-game overlay option shown directly below.
- Now click on the GeForce Experience windows X (close) button.
- Start a game that you want to take screenshots of.
- press the alt + F1 hotkey to take a snapshot while playing. Or you can press alt + z to open the overlay and press the Screenshot knob.
GeForce Experience saves your screenshots in the Videos folder. There you’ll find separate folders with the screenshots of games you’ve made them from. This is the full path for the Videos folder:
You can view captured snapshots from the gallery in GeForce Experience. press the alt + z key combination and select Gallery on the overlay. The gallery shows you thumbnail previews for recently captured items and screenshot folders. Double-click an image thumbnail to view it or a folder to open it.
4. Capturing screenshots of games with Steam
If you’re a Steam user (and most Windows gaming fanatics are these days), you can take snapshots using that software’s screenshot key. To do this, open Steam and launch one of your games using that game client. Then press the standard F12 hotkey to take an in-game screenshot.
After taking some snapshots, you can view them in the Steam gaming client. Click on Steams Vision menu and select Screenshot. Select the game whose photos you took in the show drop down menu. You will then see a gallery of your screenshots for the game. Click on each snapshot to view it enlarged.
5. Capturing Game Screenshots with Fraps
Fraps is a video and screen recording software that allows you to take snapshots of OpenGL and DirectX Windows 11 games. Although it is not freeware, you can BMP screenshots showing the unregistered version in Windows 11/10. Here are the steps for taking screenshots with Fraps:
- Bring the Fraps download webpage.
- Click on the Download Fraps clutch.
- Press Ctrl + J in Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Opera to Downloads tab. If you are using another browser, select to a . to open Downloads tab from the main menu.
- Click on Fraps’ setup.exe file in the Downloads tab.
- Select I agree > Next > Install in the installation wizard.
- Now that you have Fraps installed, you can take some screenshots with it. First start the software by clicking Get started > All apps > Fraps on the menu.
- Minimize the Fraps window.
- Run an OpenGL or DirectX game to take screenshots.
- Then press the default value of Fraps F10 hotkey to take a snapshot.
The subfolder containing your captured screenshots is located in the Fraps folder. The Fraps folder has a Screenshots subfolder for your snapshots. If you installed the software in the default folder, the path for the folder is:
You can check the folder path for your snapshots in the Fraps software. Open the Fraps window and click on his Screenshots tab. Then click on the Vision button to open the folder. You can also change the recording key by clicking in the Screen recording shortcut box on the Screenshots tab and press another.
6. Capture screenshots with games photo mode feature
Some games include built-in photo mode tools that allow you to take snapshots without additional overlays or software. In addition to taking snapshots, these photo modes allow players to enhance screenshots by rotating camera angles and applying effects. Here are some of the more notable games that include photo modes:
- Forza Horizon 5
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Far Cry 6
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Borderland 3
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- No Man’s Sky
While not a particularly common feature, some of your Windows games may include a photo mode. How to access photo modes varies by title. However, you can often find game screenshot tools in their pause menus.
Capture your favorite gaming moments with screenshots
Taking pictures with screenshot tools preserves memories, just like real cameras. All of the above methods of taking in-game snapshots will capture and preserve your favorite Windows 11 gaming moments. You can then create a game photo album with a collection of in-game screenshots to display in image slideshows or share online.