How to Screenshot on Surface Pro X/8/7 of Windows 10 with/without Keyboard

Lynn Hu Lynn Hu
Oct 15, 2021 (Updated: Nov 02, 2022)Filed to: Screenshot

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, and Surface Pro X models in 2021. You can get higher image quality, a larger display screen, better CPU performance, and many other advanced features. If you are new to tablets, screenshotting a Microsoft Surface Pro might be difficult for you. But don’t worry about that. Here you can get all workable ways to take screenshots on Microsoft Surface Pro X/8/7+/7/6/5/4/3 and more.

4 Ways to Take a Screenshot on Surface Pro without Keyboard

Different from laptops and desktop computers, Microsoft Surface Pro’s keyboard is optional. The default Print Screen key is not easy to access. If there is no Surface Pro keyboard around you, you can try the following methods to screenshot on Surface Pro.

Way 1: Screenshot Any Surface Pro Screen with Editing Tools

Compared with default Surface Pro screenshot tools, AnyRec Screen Recorder provides more advanced features. You can add text, line, arrow, blur, and other annotations to your screenshot. The built-in Snapshot tool allows users to screenshot a Microsoft Surface Pro with any screen size. You can take a screenshot in the full-screen, active window, or freehand area on Surface Pro.

Meanwhile, you can add preferred labels to your Surface Pro screenshot before export.

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AnyRec Screen Recorder

Screenshot desktop, browser, program, and custom region on a Surface Pro.

Take a screenshot of playing video in one click.

Add line, text, arrow, and other drawing tools in any color and size.

Save the Surface Pro screenshot to JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, or GIF format.

Screenshot on Surface Pro X/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1 running Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7.

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Step 1.Free download, install, and launch AnyRec Screen Recorder. To screenshot on Surface Pro laptop or tablet, click "Snapshot" on the top right corner of the window.

Select Screen Capture

Step 2.The default output screenshot format is JPG. You can click "Settings" and navigate to "Output" to capture and save a Surface Pro 7 screenshot to PNG, BMP, and other formats.

Output Preferences

Step 3.Hover your cursor above the window or screen you want to screenshot. Left-click your mouse to confirm the screen capture area. You can drag and drop with the left-click mouse to screenshot Surface Pro with any rectangular screen.

Take A Screenshot

Step 4.Select which drawing tool you need. Set a certain size and color based on your need. Later, you can draw with a Surface Pro screenshot. At last, click "Save" to screenshot Surface Pro as JPG.

Edit Screenshot
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Way 2: Screenshot Surface Pro with Side Buttons

"Power" and "Volume Up" keys are the shortcuts for Surface Pro screenshot capturing. You can screenshot Surface Pro full screen quickly.

Step 1.Hold and press the "Power" button on your Surface Pro tablet.

Step 2.Then press the "Volume Up" button on your Microsoft Surface Pro’s side.

Step 3.Surface Pro will screenshot the current display screen automatically.

Step 4.Find the captured Surface Pro screenshot in the "Screenshots" folder inside your "Pictures" library.

Screenshot Surface Pro Side Bar

Way 3: Screenshot Surface Pro with a Surface Pen

Don’t forget your Surface Pro Pen. You can screen the Microsoft Surface Pro screenshot shortcut on the top of this pen. Later, you can take a screenshot on Surface Pro 7 without keyboard.

Step 1.Open the "Settings" app. Click "Devices" (or "Bluetooth & Devices"). Select "Pen & Windows".

Step 2.Scroll down to set the shortcut to screenshot on Surface Pro. Here you can choose "Screen snipping" from the expanded "Choose what your shortcut button does" list next to "Double-click".

Step 3.Open the "Snip & Sketch" app by pressing the chosen screenshot shortcut for Surface Pro 7/6 and earlier.

Step 4.Draw or crop your Surface Pro screenshot image within Snip & Sketch.

Step 5.Choose "Save" to screenshot and save a Surface Pro image.

Screenshot Surface Pro With Pen

Way 4: Screenshot Surface Pro with Snipping Tool/ Snip & Sketch

The default free Surface Pro screenshot app is Snipping Tool. You can take a screenshot on Surface Pro Windows 8.1/8/7 and earlier within the application. If you want to screenshot Surface Pro on Windows 10/11, the available free screenshot app is Snip & Sketch. You can get similar Surface Pro7/6/5 screenshot functions from both apps.

Step 1.In the task search field, type "Snip" to get your Windows Surface Pro screenshot app.

Step 2.From the "Mode" list, choose from "Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip" or "Full-screen Snip".

Step 3.Click "New" to take a screenshot on a Surface Pro tablet.

Step 4.Save the Surface Pro captured image to JPG, PNG, or GIF format.

Screenshot Surface Pro Snipping Tool

How to Take a Screenshot on Surface Pro with Keyboard

If you have a Surface Type Cover, you can screenshot on Surface Pro 7 via the Print Screen key as well. It is labelled with PrtScn on the top of your Surface Pro type cover keyboard. You can also capture and crop a screenshot on Windows 11/10/8/7 with Print Screen.

Section 1: Screenshot on Surface Pro in Full Screen

Press the "PrtScn" key on your keyboard to take a Surface Pro screenshot. All entire screens will be captured and stored in the Windows clipboard by default. You can open Paint, Word, or other apps to save or edit the Microsoft Surface Pro screenshot.

Surface Pro Prtscn

Section 2: Screenshot on Surface Pro in Certain Window

To capture an active window on Surface Pro tablet only, you can hold and press "PrtScn" and "Alt "keys at the same time. The Surface Pro active window screenshot will be copied into the Windows clipboard too. You can use Paint or Word or export the Microsoft Surface Pro screenshot.

FAQs of Surface Pro Screenshots

These are also workable ways to screenshot on all Surface Pro models. You can use keyboard shortcuts and screenshot apps to take a screenshot on your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. To accomplish advanced screenshot tasks, you can run AnyRec Screen Recorder.

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