For beginner, the question like “how to take a screenshot on laptop” should be put on their top priority list. Because, they might found some interesting chart or pics or data that they want to save on their laptop while they’re browsing, playing game, watching videos, etc. The problem is, some people may not be very familiar with the combination of the keyboard shortcut to take the screenshot. Even some people still having a hard time to locate the result of their print screen activity.
Windows has given various app/programs that are available for you to screen-capture your laptop. But, I found it easier just by pressing some keys on your laptop keyboard. You don’t need to download and install any 3rd party app that could harming your laptop. Simply by following step by step guides in this article you can print screen your laptop in any way that suit you best. Therefore, today we feel like giving you a hand by creating an article of 3 different ways to capture an image that is currently displaying on your laptop screen.
How to take a screenshot on laptop
- Pick your desired screen.
- Press and hold down Windows Key.
- Press PrtScn buttons.
- Wait till your screen dim or grayed out.
- Open your screenshots folder.
Steps above (how to take a screenshot on laptop) are pretty much easy to follow. You can check your print-screen result inside your default “Pictures” folder on your laptop (C:\Users[User]\My Pictures\Screenshots). The screenshot result is automatically labeled with a number. Lastly, the image (the screenshot result) stored as PNG image not Jpeg style in that particular folder. In order to change it you may want to edit it to other image editor apps such as Paint, Photoshop, GIMP, GIMPshop, Irfanview, Paintshop Pro, and others.
Print screen to clipboard
The 2nd way to screen-capture your laptop is by copy it to the clipboard. The steps taken are definitely the same as the steps above, only we do not click the windows button. It requires not only pressing the keys on your laptop but also need another apps to be involved. Such as, Microsoft word or other image editing apps.
Print screen to clipboard by using 2 methods:
1. Print screen the whole windows.
Press only the “PrtScn” key. Then the screenshot of your display is now copied to the clipboard. You may open your favorite image editor, word processor, or other program you want to use the image in. press CTRL + V to paste the screenshot to your fav editor. Next, you can save your image as a JPG, GIF, or PNG file. The actual screenshot dimensions of the image will be the same as your desktop resolution. FYI: for some laptop you may need to press the “Alt + Fn + PrtScn” keys instead.
2. Print screen the active windows only.
Choose only the active windows that you want to capture in the title bar. Then, Press “Alt + PrtScn”. As the previous steps active window will be copied to the clipboard. Now, you can Paste it into your favorite image editor or document editor. Use “Alt + Fn + PrtScn” keys only if “Alt + PrtScn” doesn’t work to screen capture your display. That is how to take a screenshot on laptop to capture the whole window or just the active window display.
Print Screen by using snipping tool
Snipping Tool is a screenshot utility which becoming an important apps in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It can take still screenshots of the entire screen, or open window, rectangular areas, and free-form area. It’s become a solution to take flexible screenshot of your display. You can choose to annotate your snips with a highlighter or different colored pens or, also you can save it as an image or MHTML file, or email it to a friend.
How to open snipping tool (shortcut) 1:
- Click the Start button.
- Type snipping tool in the search bar.
- Click snipping tool.
How to open snipping tool (shortcut) 2:
- Open and display Run by clicking Windows+R.
- Type snippingtool and hit OK.
- Get into Command Prompt.
- Type snippingtool.exe.
- Click Enter.
How to use snipping tool to take screenshot on laptop:
- Open snipping tool.
- Choose from 4 type of snip.
- Select Mode (Free-form, Rectangular, Window, or Full-screen Snip).
- Choose delay time (optional).
- Press the Save Snip button.
- Select the location where you want it stored.
- Type the file’s name.
- Choose the file type: PNG, GIF, JPEG or HTML.
- Press Save.
Taking screenshot by using snipping tool is very flexible, you can choose one from 4 methods of snipping tool available. such as, The Free-form snip (which enables you to draw an irregular line around an object or area laptop display), The Rectangular Snip (which allows you to take a screenshot shaped as a rectangle, by dragging the cursor around an object), The Window Snip ( which allows you to select a window, for example your internet browser or dialogue box), The last full screen snip (which enables you to capture the entire display screen of your laptop, just like the old-fashioned Print Screen key).
Other thing to consider, you can also email a screenshot, by using the Send Snip button on the toolbar. Right after edit and saving your screen shot by using this app. Therefore, taking screen shot by using snipping tool is the best option for people who demanding a great screen capture.
how to take a screenshot without Print Screen button?
- Press the “Windows” key to display the Start screen.
- Type “on-screen keyboard” without bracket.
- Click “On-Screen Keyboard” in the results list.
- Press the “PrtScn” button on your “on-screen keyboard”.
- Press “Ctrl-V” to paste the image into an image editor.
- Save the result.
This method is applicable when there is problem within your laptop keyboard. Simply by using “on-screen keyboard” you can bypass this problem.
Which method do you like best for taking screenshots in your laptops?
Hopefully it could answer your question how to take a screenshot on laptop. Now, take your time and choose the best way to take the most precious screen shot of your laptop screen from the 3 methods above. One thing for sure, I loves that the simplicity of taking screen shot in laptop. No matter what types of laptop you have (HP, Toshiba, Dell, Mac, Acer) it is still pretty much easy to take print-screen of your laptops if you follow the methods given. Simply by clicking some shortcut keys in your laptop without having a need to install other 3rd party apps in it. It is only takes a bit of effort. Lastly, Before closing this tutorial make sure to leave comment below and spread the love.