If you take screenshots on your PC often, you'd agree that it really is a nifty feature. Tap the Windows & Print Screen (PrtSc) buttons on your keyboard, and an image of your current screen will be saved to your computer. However, Windows automatically saves screenshots in PNG format by default. So how would you convert PNG screenshots to JPG?
If you ever need to save/convert your screenshot(s) from PNG to JPG or other image formats, there are a couple of tricks in Windows that allow you to achieve that. I’ll list the tricks below.
Fun Fact: JPG and PNG are the most commonly used image formats in the world. Check out the differences between the two formats in the link below.
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1. Convert Using Microsoft Paint
Aside from using Microsoft Paint to edit images, the software could also be used to save screenshots as JPG and other formats.
Step 1: Capture your screen using holding the Windows + PrtSc shortcut.
Step 2: Type Paint in the Search box and launch the Microsoft Paint app.
Step 3: Immediately paste the image into Paint using Ctrl + V keyboard shortcut or tapping the Paste icon at the top-left corner of the app.
Did You Know: When you take a snapshot of your PC screen using the Windows + PrtSc shortcut, Windows also places a copy of the screenshot in the Windows Clipboard.
Step 4: The screenshot you captured will be pasted into Paint from the Windows Clipboard. You can then proceed to save as JPG.
Step 5: Hit Ctrl + S shortcut on your keyboard to save the screenshot.
Step 6: Click the drop-down button next to the ‘Save as type’ option and select JPEG (JPG).
Step 7: You can rename the screenshot and also select the location you want it saved. Then hit the Save button.
Alternatively, you can click File on the Paint Ribbon menu and select Save as. Paint will provide a list of available formats to save your screenshot in. Select the JPEG picture and save the screenshot.
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2. Using The Snipping Tool
Another tool you can use to save your screenshots as JPG instead of the default PNG format is built-in Snipping tool.
Step 1: Type in Snipping tool in your PC’s search box and launch the Snipping tool.
Step 2: Tap the New button and drag the cursor across the area of the screen you want to capture.
Step 3: Hit Ctrl + S shortcut on your keyboard to save the screenshot, or navigate to File > Save as.
Step 4: In the ‘Save as type’ option, tap the drop-down button and select JPEG file as the format. You can also choose the location you want the file to be saved.
Step 5: Tap Save, and your screenshot will be saved in the selected image format — JPG.
Fun Fact: JPG is the smallest image format in the world. It is faster to send JPG files online because they are easy to compress.
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3. Convert Using Online Tools
Well, this is the last alternative if you have a large pile of PNG screenshots. You can use online tools to convert a PNG screenshot to a JPG image. That would come in handy also when you don't have time to go through the hassle of converting images individually. You can simply go online, upload your PNG screenshot and download it as a JPG file.
1. PNG to JPG
This is one of my go-to online tool for converting any PNG file to JPG online. The platform has a simple and easy-to-navigate interface.
Simply upload your PNG screenshot into the provided box and wait for the site's algorithm to convert the file for you.
The entire process usually happens within seconds, after which your JPG file would be available for download.
SodaPDF is commonly known as an online PDF platform but it also offers useful image conversion tools. One advantage SodaPDF has over other PNG-to-JPG converter is that it also allows you to upload image files from cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
SodaPDF also emails you a link to your file after converting it from PNG to JPG. You can share this link with friends, colleagues, etc. The link is only valid for 24 hours.
These are two of the simplest ways to save your screenshots as JPG images on a Windows 10 PC. You can also use these methods to convert a PNG screenshot to a JPG screenshot.
When you have time and limited files to convert, it's best to take the help of Windows software. That way, you can customize, crop, and edit images on your computer. If you have a large bunch of PNG files and want to squeeze them into an archive, an online tool is the best option.
Next up: Do you know that you can take scrolling screenshots that automatically captures entire pages of your apps and screen? Read more on how to take scrolling screenshots in Windows 10.