Make sure that you've selected a window, like Windows Explorer. or Notepad window or any software's window and rather than pressing the Print Screen key alone, try pressing the Alt key first and while holding the Alt, press the Print Screen key once and let it go.
Once you've done that, just open any software like Photoshop or MS Paint and press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot and that's it.
ExampleAs an example, I'll take a screenshot of my Notepad window using the method explained above.
1. Let me first show you what happens if I press the Print Screen key alone.
|Screenshot of the entire screen|
2. Now what I'll do is select the Notepad window and press the Alt + Prt Scr key combination which will save only the selected window's screenshot in my clipboard.
3. Now I'll open Photoshop and paste this in by creating a new file by either pressing Ctrl+N or selecting File > New from the menu bar. And for this example, use the default settings for the New window dialog.
|New Document in Photoshop|
Below are some more screenshots I took just for demonstration purposes.
|My Computer Window|
|Photoshop CS6 Window|
And there you have it. No cropping, just the shortcut. This will surely save you loads of time. Do let me know what you think about this post in the comments section. Thanks for reading.