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Windows 8.1:

From the "Surface Pro 3 User Guide":

To take a snapshot of your screen, press and hold the Windows button on your Surface, and then press the volume-down button. The screen dims briefly when the screen is captured.

How do I get this to work?

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  • Yes; It worked for me – Ramhound Jun 22 '14 at 14:09
  • I would like to add you can also use the pen to take a screen capture because of OneNote. – Ramhound Sep 16 '14 at 10:47
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Using my type cover, Fn + Win + Space works for me. Starting with Fn instead of the Windows key prevents the start screen from appearing.

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With keyboard (copy to memory):

FN + Space (full screen, previously PrtScn)

Alt + FN + Space (active window, previously Alt + PrtScn)

Without (Saves as file in Pictures Library > Screenshots):

Windows Button + Vol Down

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I found that I could not do this using the Windows key on my type cover, but then I re-read and tried it simultaneously using the Windows icon on the surface body itself. It worked on the first try.

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    I found that you can press and hold the windows button on the Surface and then press the volume down button. The press and hold makes it much easier. – Holistic Developer Feb 18 '15 at 5:23
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For me the screenshot works with Win-Fn-Spacebar.

I don't see a Volume Down button on my keyboard.

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  • There wouldn't be one. This is the hardware shortcut that the user wants to use. – Ramhound Sep 16 '14 at 10:46
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I don't understand why most answers here tell about keyboard shortcuts. The question is about hardware buttons on the Windows-based tablet, not about keyboard shortcuts. It's important to note that this should work on any Windows(8)-based tablet. E.g. Microsoft Surface, Dell Venue Pro, you name it.

In order to take a screenshot, press (and hold) Windows button on the device and then Volume Down hardware button.

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  • i don't have an external keyboard (so no FN key). this illustration was worth a thousand words for a no keyboard screenshot – Androidcoder Jun 21 '15 at 22:20
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I have done it a few times, but it's a simultaneous action. Pressing the Windows button first takes you to the tiles, and pressing the volume down button first lowers the volume. Both must be touched/pushed at the same time to work.

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Both buttons are to be pressed together, and it works if your timing is right.

The screenshot will be saved in My DocumentsPicturesScreenshots.

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Click each of the following in sequence, keeping your fingers on each:

  • First click the function key (so you don't change screens to the start up screen),
  • Next the Windows key
  • Third the space bar.

The screen will darken for half a second, indicating that the copy has taken place. Open your favorite picture software and paste it.

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