How to take a screenshot on your Xbox One

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The Xbox One is capable of producing some truly jaw-dropping experiences, and sometimes, you can’t help but stop and marvel at your television display. Whether you’re feasting your eyes on a beautiful in-game vista or celebrating a particularly lopsided victory in online multiplayer, you might want to share the moment with anyone and everyone. Thankfully, the process for capturing screenshots on your Xbox One is extremely simple.

Capturing a screenshot using an Xbox One controller

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First, double-tap the Xbox button in the center of your controller — aka the big, circular button that lights up. Doing so will automatically capture a screenshot. A menu should then pop up on your display, prompting you to either “save screenshot” or “record that.” In order to save a screenshot, simply hit the “Y” button in the upper-right corner of your controller. That’s it!

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Capturing a screenshot using voice commands

If you’re using a Kinect sensor — the proprietary motion sensor that was once bundled with the Xbox One — simply say “Xbox, take a screenshot.” Alternatively, if you’re using Microsoft’s newer Cortana instead of the Kinect’s legacy commands, say “Hey Cortana, take a screenshot!” The latter command will work with your Kinect sensor or a headset, assuming you’ve enabled the feature. To do so, head to the Settings app on your Xbox and select All Settings, followed by System. Finally, choose Cortana Settings and turn on your AI companion.

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Once activated, say “Hey Cortana” and issue the relevant command. Assuming she understands what you’re saying, you won’t even need to touch your controller. Unless, you know, you’re playing a game. Keep in mind, however, that you won’t be able to capture screenshots or video of the Xbox’s menu screens. You’ll also need to be in a game or app in order to save recordings or screenshots, and any time spent navigating menus will not be reflected in resulting video.

Sharing your screenshots

To share your newly-acquired screenshot, head to the Upload app, which you can usually access by tapping the right bumper from the home screen until you see your friends’ shared content feed. Once there, select a screenshot and hit the Menu button where the Start button previously lived. Then, select Share.

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You’ll be prompted with a selection of outlets — among them Twitter, OneDrive, and private messages — from which to choose. Once that’s taken care of, you’re finished! Your masterpiece will live on forever. You can also set your screenshots as your home background, or save them across different locations, in case your console is hooked up to an external storage device.