Tutorial on How to Screenshot World of Warcraft

Last updated on June 11, 2015 by

WoW, which is short for World of Warcraft, is the most popular MMORpG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). Currently, this game has five expansions (The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor). All of them contribute to the popularity of this game because they let players achieve higher level with new contents.

In World of Warcraft, there are multiple roles of fantasy characters for you to choose. After choosing your role, you can embark your exploration in this virtual world that is filled with magic, mysteries, and endless adventures. With all these features, you’re supposed to explore amazing scenes in the WoW during the journey, many of them are worth setting as your desktop screenshot or adding into collections. There’re also times you find it necessary to snapshot the scenes for instructing others how to complete a mission. Read on this article and learn how to take screenshots in WoW.

1. Default Way to Take a WoW Screenshot

Use Keyboard Shortcut on Windows

Print Screen keyThe most common way to take a screenshot on Windows is pressing the “Print Screen” key. This method allows you to take a screenshot of the whole screen. Therefore, to snapshot in World of Warcraft, you just need to press this key when you are playing the game. The screenshot will be automatically saved to a folder named “Screenshots” located under World of Warcraft folder. You can find it in this way: click “Start”, type in search bar with the name of “Screenshots” or “World of Warcraft” to locate the folder.

Use Key Combinations on Mac

F13 key on MacTaking screenshots on Mac is just as easy as working on Windows. In order to take a screenshot in WoW, you just need to press “F13” to snapshot the current scene in WoW (or, since some macs don’t have an “F13” key, a solution to this is to go into WoW’s “Key Bindings” menu and change the hotkey to something else), the screenshots will be saved in the folder labeled “Screenshot” under the directory of World of Warcraft folder.

If you want to take a screenshot without showing up user’s interface (i.e. action bars and text) on it, you should press “Alt+Z” on Windows or “Option +Z” on Mac to hide the user’s interface before taking the screenshot.

Though you can obtain WoW screenshots in this way, they are just raw images. If you want to edit or share them, you have to utilize some other programs. This is really troublesome. You must be wondering if only there was an application that could screenshot, edit and share the image at once. In this case, you can make use of Free Screenshot Capture.

2. Comprehensive Tool for Windows

Free Screenshot Capture is an online application that enables you to snapshot anything on the screen. In addition to taking screenshots, this app also gives you basic editing options upon the creation of a screenshot. What’s more, with this powerful tool, you can share the screenshot to your social account directly or upload the screenshot to a free cloud server so as to deliver it easily on the Internet.

In order to take create a WoW screenshot with this tool, you need to:

  • Go to screenshot.net, click “Take Screenshot”, run Java applet to initiate this app.
  • When the interface of this app pops up, you can preset the hotkey in “Options” located under “Tools” according to your habit so that it can be more convenient to take screenshots in WoW. You could also use its default hotkey “Ctrl+Q”.

Free Screen Capture interface

  • Open your World of Warcraft game (in windowed mode) and find a location, namely, the image you want. Press “Alt+Z” to hide the user’s interface.
  • Press “Ctrl+Q”. Then, you will see a crosshair on your screen. Drag your mouse to select the area you want and release the mouse to confirm the screenshot. You can add annotations to the image by using the editing options on the horizontal toolbar. When everything is done, click the save button to store it to your local file or hit the share button on the vertical toolbar to share it to your social account directly.

screenshot WoW

This app also has a desktop version for offline use.


Tips: If you want to get a link of that image so that you can use it in blogs or forums, you can choose to upload it to the cloud server by clicking the upload button on the vertical toolbar upon the creation of the screenshot. Once it’s done, the app will present you a reminder window with links (a direct link, a HTML link and a BB-Code link) to the image available on it, which can surely meet your need.

3. Third-party Program for Mac

The app above is mainly for Windows, while in order to screenshot, annotate and share the image at once on Mac, Snagit will be a good choice. As is known to all, it is a very professional tool for capturing anything on the screen. To take a WoW screenshot with this software, you can:

  • Activate this game, turn to windowed mode and go to the scene you want to snapshot.
  • Press “Option+Z” to hide your user’s interface, i.e. your action bars and text.
  • Launch this program, click the red button and drag your mouse to select an area in WoW when your mouse cursor turns into a crosshair.
  • After that, you can edit the graph before saving it to your local disk if you like, and click the save button to store it to your local file. Or you can just share it to your social accounts directly by clicking the social buttons on the menu bar.

snagit share WoW screenshot


This article gives you a tutorial on how to make World of Warcraft screenshots on Windows and Mac respectively. Though the default way surely can meet your need of taking screenshots in WoW, you have to employ additional tools if you want to edit and share the images on the Internet. With the third-party applications introduced above, you can do all the tricks (screenshot, annotate and share) in one time. This, undoubtedly, lessens all the troubles.

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