[2 Ways]How to Screenshot Only One Screen on Multi-monitor Computers

Last Updated on November 4, 2020 by Robert Jackson


As the Multi-Monitor setup is published in both Windows and Mac, an expanding group of people adopts to this efficient feature in gameplay to have a better gaming view and improve game performance. Of course, you can also use this dual-screen feature at work to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, improving efficiency.

In some cases, you decide to take a screenshot of only one monitor instead of snipping the two at the same time. What will you do? You may have found the Print Screen button is unhelpful since it keeps capturing all screens.

On this page, I will show you 2 methods about how to take a screenshot of only one monitor. Hopefully, my recommendations below can help you take a perfect snapshot.

How to Take A Screenshot from One Monitor


Method 1 How to take a screenshot of one monitor with Snip & Sketch

On Windows 10 machines, there is a built-in snipping tool called Snip & Sketch which can satisfy your needs for the single-monitor screenshot. You may have never heard of this app since it’s hidden on your computer all the time.

Now, let’s see how you can make use of this snipping tool.

Step 1 Launch Snip & Sketch

Though it’s not a desktop app, you can still use the default hotkey to launch it.

On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo button + Shift + S.

Windows 10 Take A Screenshot One Monitor Shortcut

Step 2 Take a screenshot

After the activation, your screen will dark out a bit and your cursor will become a tiny cross.

On the top of the main display, you will see a toolbar listing 3 options, Rectangle Clip, Freeform Clip, and Fullscreen Clip.

Note: Do not choose the Fullscreen Clip since it will capture all the screens.

Snap Sketch 3 Options One Monitor Screenshot

Click on the Rectangle Clip option, then, drag the cross from one edge to the opposite one on the target monitor.

Step 3 Output the picture

Release the mouse-left to complete, the picture will be copied to the clipboard. You need to open another app to paste the picture.

  • For example, you may open a Word tab and press Ctrl + V to export the image to the Word page.

To sum up:

Snip & Sketch is a convenient tool to conduct an easy screenshot.

But it doesn’t offer in-app editing features, you should apply to an editing app if you plan to edit the picture. You cannot decide the format and quality of the output image as well.


Method 2 How to screenshot one monitor with Aiseesoft Screen Recorder

The Windows built-in snapshot feature is so lightweight that some of your demands are unsatisfied. In this case, a professional third-party snipping tool is what you need.

Here, you can use Aiseesoft Screen Recorder.

This is a universal utility for screen record, audio capture, and screenshot. Once installed, you can use the keyboard shortcut to capture all content on your computer screen in high quality.

The app gives you incredibly high flexibility in many aspects. For instance:

  • You can screenshot one screen separately or all screens simultaneously.
  • You’re able to create a JPG, GIF, PNG, or BNP picture in different qualities with your preferences.
  • If you want to add annotations on the image, the program offers you multiple editing tools.
  • Etc.

Now, let’s see how to screenshot only one monitor with Aiseesoft Screen Recorder.

Step 1 Install the app free on your computer

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Step 2 Take a screenshot

Launch the program and click Screen Capture to start a screenshot immediately.

Or you can minimize the program first and use the default hotkey ‘Ctrl + Alt + S’ to activate a screenshot.

Take A Screenshot from One Monitor Screen Recorder

Then, move your cursor and click on the target screen, you will see the real-time resolution of your screen. Mine is 1920*1080.

Next, the tool will snip your screen and export it as a PNG picture by default.

You may also draw some arrows, shapes, lines, and blurs on the picture, or add some texts or callouts.

Add Annotations on Screenshot

Finally, click Copy to export the file to the clipboard. Or you can save the file to a default folder by clicking Save.

Tip:

  • Besides screenshot, you can also use Aiseesoft Screen Recorder to record screen or audio, you can try the Video Recorder or Voice Recorder on the interface.
  • Also, if you want to create a jpg or gif picture, click Menu > Preference > Output to modify the configuration of the output.

FAQ: Can I screenshot one monitor with the Print Screen button?

Unfortunately, you cannot use the Print Screen button to capture only one monitor when there’re two or more.

The Print Screen button is only capable of taking a screenshot of a window and fullscreen (all screens under multi-screens).

If you’re about to take a screenshot of an app from one monitor, you can still take advantage of the Print Screen button along with another button on your keyboard.

Use the Print Screen button to capture a window from one monitor:

Use your cursor to click on the target window to help your Print Screen button locate it.

Then, press the Print Screen button and Alt button altogether to capture the content of the chosen window.

Prt Scr Alt Button Take Screenshot

The output picture will be copied to the clipboard, you need to paste it down first.


To sum up:

To take a screenshot from one monitor is quite easy as you follow the methods above.

For Windows 10 users, you may use Snip&Sketch to take a simple snapshot. And for Mac users or those who hanker to create a high-quality image, Aiseesoft Screen Recorder will be beneficial.