How To Take a Screenshot on a Laptop

Chris Campbell13 Jan 2022

There might come a time when you need to capture that strange email you received, save proof of your incredible high score, or email the IT team a photo of what's wrong with your laptop. Learning how to capture a screenshot will save you a lot of time explaining things. Each operating system has a way of grabbing the screen. Some even let you capture select areas or take a moving screenshot. Do you want to save what you're seeing on your laptop screen?

Here's how to snap a screenshot on a laptop running Windows, Linux, macOS, or Chromebook:

  • **Windows. **The Print Screen key on your Windows laptop is the quickest way to capture a screenshot. The issue with this approach is that it grabs everything visible on your screen, and if you have many monitors, it will catch all of them as if they were one giant screen. Simplify things by pressing Alt + Print Screen, which will capture only the window that is now open. Another software that provides a useful screenshot toolbar is Snip & Sketch.
  • **Mac. **With macOS Mojave, Mac users gained additional control over screenshots. The update included a screenshot tool that can be accessed by hitting Command + Shift + 5, or by going to Launchpad > Other > Screenshot.  You may use the screen-capture window to execute various tasks and save images to your laptop. Select whether to capture the full screen, a section, or a single window. You may also set a timer for screenshots and adjust where pictures are saved.
  • **Linux. **In Linux, there are about as many ways to snap a screenshot as there are varieties of Linux. With Ubuntu in mind, launch the Activities menu and pick Screenshot. Before grabbing a screenshot, you may select the entire screen, a single window, or a specific region.  To capture a specific window, you may alternatively use the Print Screen button or the Alt + Print Screen shortcut in Linux. 
  • **Chromebook. **Those who own a Chromebook may capture a screenshot by pressing the Show Windows key which you can find at the top of the keyboard. If you're using an external keyboard, the Window Switcher button may be missing. You can click Ctrl + F5 to capture the full screen, or Ctrl + Shift + F5 to capture a portion of the screen.

How To Screenshot on a Windows Laptop

If you need to take a screenshot of your laptop screen, Windows provides a number of options. To capture the full screen or just a part of it, here are ways to do so:

  • Snipping Tool. This program may be used to take screenshots on Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista. To use the Snipping Tool, you must first find it in the search bar. To take a screenshot, tap the "New" button.
  • Game Bar. This is a screenshot and video recording overlay that you may use in many Windows 10 programs and games. Press Windows Key + G to bring up the Game Bar.
  • Power + Volume Up.  Click the Power Button + Volume Up Button on a Microsoft Surface device to snap a screenshot in Windows 10. The screen will darken, and your image will be saved to Pictures > Screenshots.

Print Screen and Snip & Sketch are two other ways to capture a screenshot on Windows.

How To Screenshot on an HP Laptop

Screenshotting is useful if you need to create a step-by-step guide, or when you're on Skype with your friends and want to take a group photo.HP, as one of the largest computer manufacturing industry leaders, keeps on making great leaps and advancements toward maximizing computer ease.

Here's how to take a screenshot using your HP Laptop:

  • Print ScreenHP laptops operate on Windows or Chrome OS, allowing you to take screenshots with a single keyboard click. The Print Screen key is usually found at the top right of your keyboard as PrtScn or Prt SC. You may use this button to grab your full screen.
  • Snip & Sketch. If you only want to capture a snapshot of an area of your screen rather than the full screen, Snip & Sketch enables precise screenshotting simpler than ever.
  • Snipping Tool. This is a great integrated function that lets you select any-size areas of your screen for quick capturing whether your laptop runs Windows Vista, Windows 7, or higher.

How To Screenshot on a Dell Laptop

You may have discovered something important or fascinating while using your Dell laptop. Or you could have been seeking information and just happened to come upon it now. You could opt to take a screenshot to keep that information. There are simple ways for taking a screenshot on your Dell laptop. Regardless of your laptop's model or series, the options listed below will work for all of them.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on your Dell laptop:

  • Print Screen. The actual sign may differ from model to model, although Dell laptops often label the Print Screen button as 'Prt Sc.' This key, often known as F10, is located on the keyboard's top row. This button may be positioned next to the 'Delete' key on some Dell laptops.
  • Snipping Tool. This is a Windows tool that lets you grab your screen in a variety of forms. To use the Snipping Tool, open the Start Menu and type 'Snipping Tool' into the search box. The application will launch with a number of options available to you.

How To Screenshot on a Lenovo Laptop

Taking a screenshot varies based on your laptop and its software. Here's how to snap a screenshot on your Lenovo laptop:

  • Print Screen. Pressing the Function + Print Screen keys on the keyboard is the fastest way to take a screenshot. These keys are usually abbreviated as Fn + PrtSc on Lenovo computers. This will capture a snapshot of your whole Windows desktop to the clipboard.
  • Snip & Sketch. By pressing Windows + Shift + S on your laptop's keyboard, you may launch Snip & Sketch and take a screenshot. It is a built-in Windows software that allows you to capture a portion or the entirety of your screen.

How To Screenshot on an Asus Laptop

All you had to do if you wanted to capture a screenshot of your Asus laptop screen was gaze down at your keyboard. You can find the Print Screen key on the top right of your keyboard.

Here's how to take a screenshot using the Print Screen button on your Asus laptop:

  • Press PrtSc. When you press this key, the system captures a screenshot of your whole screen. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + PrtSc on your keyboard.
  • Press Alt + PrtSc. This method allows you to quickly capture an active window instead of the full screen.

We hope this helps. Next time you need to take a screenshot of your laptop screen, save yourself the stress (and time) of worrying about how to do it.

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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