How To Screenshot on HP Laptop

Chris Campbell22 Jan 2022

Screen captures, screengrabs, screenshots, however you want to call them, this one-of-a-kind process lets you take a picture of your laptop's screen.

Taking a screenshot is useful at work if you need to showcase a digital marketing ad poster, or when you're on video chat with family or friends thousands of miles away over the holidays and would like to take a picture of them.  The ability to capture such moments instantly from your screen and keep them as picture files is no doubt one of the many gems of the computer age.

Capturing a screenshot is such a standard process that it has been integrated into computers as a basic function from the initial days of personal computing. 

HP®, being one of the world's computer manufacturing industry leaders, keeps on making great leaps and advancements toward maximizing computer efficiency and convenience. You can easily take a screenshot with just a few clicks or taps on any HP laptop.

How To Screenshot on HP Laptop Keyboard

The Print Screen key on your keyboard is the simplest way to snap a screenshot. This key is commonly referred to as "prt sc" by HP, however, it may differ slightly from model to model. You may utilize the Print Screen key in a variety of ways, such as taking screenshots of individual windows or simply a part of the screen.

HP laptops run Windows or Chrome, allowing you to take screenshots with a single keyboard click. The Print Screen key, which is usually found at the upper right of your keyboard, could be abbreviated as PrtScn or Prt SC. You may use this key to record your full screen. The Print Screen key is typically situated next to the Delete key on most HP laptops.

The taken image, however, is not instantly stored; instead, it is transferred to your laptop's clipboard. Follow these procedures to save the hovering screen capture into an image.

  • To capture the full screen, click the Windows key and Print Screen simultaneously. For a brief period, your screen will darken to signal a completed snap.
  • Launch a photo editing application like Microsoft Paint or Photoshop. 
  • To transfer the screenshot, open a new picture and hit CTRL + V. You may also use the right-click menu to select Paste.  
  • You can then save the file in JPG or PNG format and save or share it.

How To Screenshot on HP Laptop Windows 10

If you only want to capture a snapshot of a part of your screen instead of the full screen, Snip & Sketch allows precise screenshotting simpler than ever. This new primary capability was included in the October 2018 update for Windows 10 laptops, essentially allowing users to capture parts of their screen without any need for third-party software.

Here's how to grab a screenshot in your Windows 10 Dell laptop:

  • Simultaneously hit the Windows key + Shift + S. The screen will transition to a white overlay, and the cursor will shift from pointed to crosshair.
  • Choose the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip will be copied to your laptop's clipboard and will vanish from your screen.
  • Launch a photo editing application like MS Paint or Photoshop.
  • To paste the screenshot, open a new picture and hit CTRL + V.
  • Finally, you can save your screenshot either as a JPG or PNG file.

How To Screenshot on HP Laptop Windows 11

In Windows 11, there are several methods for taking screenshots, the most basic of which is to press the PrtSc key on your keyboard. This captures the whole screen, including multiple screens if available, as well as all open windows. The screenshot may then be pasted into any software that supports picture importing.

By pushing the Print Screen (PrtScn) key in Windows 11, like in earlier versions of Windows, you may copy an image of your full screen into the clipboard. On your keyboard, the Print Screen key could be marked "PrtScn" or "PrtScrn."  To make this key work on a laptop, you may need to hit a function ("Fn") key whilst hitting the Print Screen key.

With a screenshot on your clipboard, you may paste it into any program that supports copied pictures. You may use Ctrl+V to paste the image into the Paint software that comes with Windows. Then, click Ctrl+S to save the screenshot in the picture format of your choice.

If you want to save a screenshot as an image file right away, hit Windows+Print Screen on your keyboard. Windows will snap a full-screen screenshot and store it as a PNG file.

Also, if you have a laptop, you may need to hit the Function or "Fn" key while hitting Print Screen or "PrtSc" for it to function, thus you may need to hit Windows+Fn+Print Screen to save your screen as a PNG file.

Press Alt+Print Screen on your keyboard to copy the currently operating window to the clipboard without needing to choose it or trim the picture.  Once the snapshot is on the clipboard, you may paste it into any tool that accepts pictures like MS Paint.

You could also use a unique Windows 11 screen grabbing tool to capture a specific section of your screen that you want. Hit Shift+Windows+s on your keyboard at any time. The screen will darken, and a little toolbar will appear in the upper center of the screen. 

This is what the choices do:

  • Rectangular Snip allows you to choose a free-form rectangle-shaped section of the screen to capture.
  • Freeform Snip takes a screenshot of an unusual shape.  When you paste it, the region surrounding the irregular form in the rectangle image will be dark.
  • Window Snip selects an app window and takes a screenshot of just that window.
  • Full-screen Snip takes a snapshot of the full screen.

Here are the steps to taking a screenshot in Windows 11:

  • As an example, tap the leftmost rectangle icon with a + in the corner to capture a rectangular portion of the screen.
  • Next, move your mouse to a spot near what you want to grab. Press and hold the mouse button, and then drag your mouse or finger on a trackpad to the rectangle area you wish to save.
  • When you let go of the mouse, the selected region will be copied to the clipboard. If you have notifications enabled, you will notice a little pop-up from the Snipping Tool on the edge of the screen. When you click it, the screenshot you just captured will be opened in the Snipping Tool app, where you may comment, crop, or save it as needed.
  • If you disregard the pop-up message, you'll still need to copy the screenshot and paste it into a photo editing tool like Microsoft Paint and save it. You could, however, copy and paste the picture across other apps such as email services and chat apps.

Instead of using Windows+Shift+S, Windows 11 provides a useful option that allows you to activate the screen snipping tool by pressing Print Screen:

  • To activate it, press Windows+i to access Windows Settings. Then choose Accessibility > Keyboard. 
  • Scroll down and turn on the switch next to "Use the Print Screen button to launch screen snipping."  
  • Finally, close the settings. Simply hit Print Screen on your keyboard to access the screen snipping tool and swiftly capture screenshots to the clipboard.

Whatever technique you use, the capability to screenshot means you can save vital image files, whether it's a screen capture of something for work or a screengrab of a funny picture sent to you by a loved one.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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