Capture Screenshots Easily in PowerPoint, Word and Other Microsoft Office Programs

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated October 4, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® and Word® 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365 (Windows)

In 2010 and later versions, you can insert screenshots and screen clippings in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook using built-in tools on the Ribbon. For the purposes of this article, we'll use Word and PowerPoint but the same principles apply to Excel and Outlook.

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Printing the screen

If you are using 2007 and earlier versions, you can press Print Screen (PrtScn) on your keyboard to take a shot of the current screen or Alt + Print Screen (PrtScn) to take a shot of the active window. The screenshot will be saved in the Clipboard and you can then paste it into your document by pressing Control + V and crop it using the Crop tool on the Ribbon. You can certainly still use this method in 2010 and later versions.

If the Print Screen key is not working, you may need to press the Fn (Function) key first before pressing the Print Screen key. If the Print Screen key is still not working, try restarting your computer.

Using the Screenshot command on the Ribbon

When using the Screenshot command on the Insert tab on the Ribbon, you can't take a shot of the current screen. You'll need to create another document or occurrence of the same program to use this tool. Note that you can only add one screenshot or clipping at a time.

Inserting a screenshot in PowerPoint or Word

To insert a screenshot in PowerPoint or Word:

  1. Open the document or web site you want to capture as a screenshot.
  2. Open a PowerPoint presentation or Word document.
  3. Click in the Word document or display the desired PowerPoint slide.
  4. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon and then click Screenshot in the Images group. Thumbnails will appear of each program that is currently running on your computer.
  5. Click the desired thumbnail. A screenshot will be placed in the Word document at the cursor or on the selected PowerPoint slide.

Screenshot command in PowerPoint or Word.

Inserting a screen clipping in PowerPoint or Word

You also have the option of inserting a screen clipping or portion of another window:

  1. Display the screen or window that you want to capture as a screenshot. This must be the most recent window or screen.
  2. Open a PowerPoint presentation or Word document.
  3. Click in the Word document or display the desired PowerPoint slide.
  4. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon and then click Screenshot in the Images group.
  5. In the menu that appears, choose Screen Clipping (below the thumbnails). You will be taken to the most recent window or screen.
  6. Drag around the area of the screen that you want to capture starting from the top left.
  7. Release the mouse button. A screen clipping will be placed in the Word document at the cursor or on the selected PowerPoint slide.

Cropping the image

If you need to crop the image:

  1. Click the screenshot or screen clipping and click on the Picture Tools Format or Picture Format tab on the Ribbon.
  2. Click Crop in the Size group and crop as necessary by dragging the cropping handles on the image.
  3. Click Crop to save the crop settings.

Crop appears on the Picture Tools Format or Picture Format tab in the Ribbon:

Crop button in PowerPoint or Word.

It's really simple to insert screen shots into your PowerPoint presentations or your Word documents using these tools. You can also try out these strategies in Outlook or Excel.

More resources

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