The 6 easy ways to take a screenshot on Surface Pro in 2022

In this tutorial, we will show you the 6 fast and easy ways to take a screenshot on Microsoft Surface Pro by using the hardware buttons, keyboard, Surface Pen, and built-in Windows 11/10 tools.

How to screenshot on Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro lineup is the most popular 2-in-1 tablet or laptop that does great in both worlds with an incredible performance, detachable keyboard, adjustable kickstand, best-in-class digital pen, and more. It’s a great device for digital artists, students, and professional users who are looking for a capable machine with a portable form factor.

If you’ve just switched from other laptops, you might experience some difficulties taking a screenshot on Surface Pro, especially while in tablet mode. In fact, Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 10 or Windows 11 installed, has many ways to do more than just take a screenshot. Read on to find out what is the best way for you.

  1. How to screenshot on Surface Pro without a keyboard
  2. How to screenshot on Surface Pro with keyboard
  3. How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Pen
  4. How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Windows Snipping Tool
  5. How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Windows Snip & Sketch tool
  6. How to screenshot on Surface Pro with keyboard shortcuts

1 How to screenshot on Surface Pro without a keyboard

This method is useful when you are using your Surface in tablet mode without connecting to the type cover. To take a screenshot on Surface Pro using hardware buttons, do the following steps:

Surface Pro 9 Screenshot Buttons

To take a screenshot on a Surface Pro 9 tablet without a keyboard attached:

  1. Press and hold the Power button.
  2. While you hold down the Power button, press and release the Volume Up button on the side of the device.

Screenshot on Surface Pro 8 and Pro X Button Pressing Sequences

To take a screenshot on a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X tablet without a keyboard attached:

  1. Press and hold the Power button.
  2. While you hold down the Power button, press and release the Volume Up button on the side of the device.

Surface Pro 6 Screenshot - Hardware Buttons

To take a screenshot on a Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, or Surface Pro 7/7+ tablet without a keyboard attached:

  1. Press and hold the Power button.
  2. While you hold down the Power button, press and release the Volume Up button on the side of the device.

Screenshot on Surface Pro 3 in Tablet Mode

To take a screenshot on a Surface Pro 3 tablet without a keyboard attached:

  1. Press and hold the Windows capacitive button.
  2. While you hold down the Windows button, press and release the Volume Down button on the side of the device.

Screenshot on Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 in Tablet Mode

To take a screenshot on an original Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablet without a keyboard attached:

  1. Press and hold the Windows capacitive button.
  2. While you hold down the Windows button, press and release the Volume Down button on the side of the device.

The screen will dim for a split second to let you know that a screenshot has been captured.

Note All screenshots you took with this method, will be saved in a folder named Screenshots under the Pictures library.

screenshots-folder

2 How to screenshot on Surface Pro with keyboard

If you have a Surface Type Cover attached, you can follow the traditional ways to take screenshots by using the dedicated PrtSn (Print Screen) key on the keyboard. To do so.

Option 1: Capturing all entire screens and storing them in the Windows Clipboard.

Print Screen Key on Surface Pro 8 and Pro X

To take a full screenshot on a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X with a Type Cover:

  1. Press the PrtSn key to take a screenshot.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Surface Signature Type Cover - PrtScn

To take a full screenshot on a Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 7, or Surface Pro 7 Plus with a Type Cover:

  1. Press the PrtSn key to take a screenshot.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Print Screen Key Sequences on Surface Pro 3

To take a full screenshot on a Surface Pro 3 with a Type Cover:

  1. Press the Fn + Windows + Space key to take a screenshot.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Print Screen Key Sequences on Surface Pro 1 and Pro 2

To take a full screenshot on a Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 with a Touch or Type Cover:

  1. Press the Fn + Windows + Space key to take a screenshot.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Option 2: Capturing just the active window and store it in the Windows Clipboard.

Capture Active Window Key Sequences on Surface Pro 8 and Pro X Keyboard

To take an active window screenshot on a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Pro X with Type Cover:

  1. Press the AltPrtSn key to take a screenshot of the active window.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Surface Signature Type Cover - Alt + PrtScn

To take an active window screenshot on a Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 7, or Surface Pro 7 Plus with a Type Cover:

  1. Press the AltPrtSn key to take a screenshot of the active window.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Capture Active Window Key Sequences on Surface Pro 3 Keyboard

To take an active window screenshot on a Surface Pro 3 with a Type Cover:

  1. Press the Fn + Alt + Windows + Space key to take a screenshot of the active window.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

Capture Active Window Key Sequences on Surface Pro 1 and Pro 2 Keyboard

To take an active window screenshot on Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 with a Touch or Type Cover:

  1. Press the Fn + Alt + Windows + Space key to take a screenshot of the active window.
  2. Paste to your preferred programs like Paint or Word.

3 How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Pen

Take a screenshot using the Surface Pen

Surface Pen has been developed and getting much better functions in Windows 10. In Windows 10 anniversary update, there is a new feature called Screen Sketch. This function will capture the device’s screen and pop up with tools for drawing, cropping, and others.

You can take a screenshot by using the Surface Pen with this function. To activate the screen sketch function

  1. Double-click the eraser button on the top of your Surface Pen.
  2. Now you can edit, crop, and save the screenshot by clicking on the “Save as” button on the top right of the screen.

4 How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Windows Snipping Tool

Take a screenshot using Snipping Tool

In Windows, there is a built-in screenshot program called the Snipping tool that has more controls and functionalities than the above methods. To open this tool:

  • Open the Start menu and type “Snipping Tool”, or you can type into the Cortana textbox directly.
  • You can also open this tool by opening the Start menu and locating the Snipping Tool under the Windows Accessories folder.

When you launched the tool, you can take a screenshot in 4 ways as Full desktop, specific program windows, any size of a rectangle shape, and any form you draw manually.

After you select an area you want to take a screenshot of, it will display in a new window. You can draw or highlight the screenshot before saving them. This tool allows you to save the screenshot as a JPEG, PNG, GIF, or HTML file as your desire.

5 How to screenshot on Surface Pro with Windows Snip & Sketch tool

Surface Screenshot: Snip & Sketch

In recent Windows 10 Updates, Microsoft has introduced a new modern tool called Snip & Sketch that allows you to quickly annotate screenshots, photos, and other images with your pen, touch, or mouse and save, paste or share with other apps. To take a screenshot with this tool:

  1. Open the Start menu and type “Snip & Sketch”, or you can type into the Cortana textbox directly. You can also open this tool by opening the Start menu and locating the Snip & Sketch app.
  2. When the tool launches, click New and click Snip now.
  3. Select an area you want to capture.
  4. The captured image will appear in a new Snip & Sketch window. At this point, you can annotate, draw, or highlight whatever you want on the screenshot.
  5. Click the Save icon to save the screenshot to a file. Or click the Copy icon to copy the screenshot to the Windows clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere.

6 How to screenshot on Surface Pro with keyboard shortcuts

Surface Screenshot: Shortcut Keys

There is another quick way to activate the Snip & Sketch tool by using Windows 10 shortcut keys. To do that:

  1. On your keyboard, press and hold the Windows key & Shift key and then press and release the S key.
  2. It will launch the Snip & Sketch tool with the screen clipping mode, so you can select and capture any area you want immediately.
  3. Now you can annotate, draw, or highlight the screenshot within the tool.
  4. Click the Save icon to save the screenshot to a file. Or click the Copy icon to copy the screenshot to the Windows clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere

Those are the six quick and easy ways to take a screenshot on your Surface Pro. What is your favorite one? Or do you have any other ways? Share with us in the comment section below.