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?

  • 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

Using my type cover, Fn + Win + Space works for me. Starting with Fn instead of the Windows key prevents the start screen from appearing.


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


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

For me the screenshot works with Win-Fn-Spacebar.

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

  • There wouldn't be one. This is the hardware shortcut that the user wants to use. – Ramhound Sep 16 '14 at 10:46

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

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.


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

The screenshot will be saved in My DocumentsPicturesScreenshots.


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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