I am trying to take a screenshot of a window in Windows 10 using Alt + Prt Screen and want to retain the shadow. I found this post, How to take a shadowless screenshot on Windows 10?, but I want to do the opposite.

Is there a way to take a screenshot of the active window using a keyboard command that will include the shadow?

See the drop shadow on this image as an example. (I created this by taking a full Prt Screen and cropping in Photoshop).

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  • 3
    Any screenshot utility should capture exactly what you see on the screen.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:12
  • Sorry, I am looking for a keyboard shortcut that will just capture the active window with the shadow. Question updated.
    – MrPeanut
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:16
  • What do you mean by shadow? Are you talking about the border around it? The answer to that is already in the question you provided in the link.
    – DrZoo
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:18
  • Does alt+prtscreen work? I have shadows off.
    – Tim
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:18
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    The question you linked to was raised because Alt-PrtScrn captures the shadow and that author was looking for a way to avoid it. Just don't do the solution to that question.
    – fixer1234
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:20

2 Answers 2


There is a program called Shotty that works: http://shotty.devs-on.net/en/Overview.aspx

Simply focus the window you want to take a screenshot of (no need to minimize any other windows) and press CTRL + PRT SCRN (the default hotkey using ALT instead failed to register for me because it is already being used by another program, I think just Windows 10). An image editor will open with your screenshot, including drop shadows. Click Save. (Copy to clipboard will not preserve transparency.)

  • You should edit your answer with a bit more information on how to use this screen capturing software in order to have windows shadows captured. Oct 28, 2016 at 23:50
  • Shotty doesn't work on hidpi screens at least as of version 2.0.2.
    – mrm
    Apr 3, 2017 at 21:10

alt+print retains the shadow by default.

  • On my PC, Alt + Prt Screen does not retain the shadow. (Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, build 10586.36.)
    – MrPeanut
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:39
  • Are you sure you have shadows on?
    – Tim
    Jan 6, 2016 at 4:45
  • Yes, if you view my screenshot (taken with just Print Screen and then cropped), you will see the shadow.
    – MrPeanut
    Jan 6, 2016 at 14:29
  • What about Shift + Alt + Print Screen? Does it also provide the shadowless window?
    – Madcarrots
    Jan 12, 2016 at 19:42

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