How to Take a Screenshot on Your Laptop

Elizabeth Harper

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There are several ways to take a screenshot on your laptop. In this article, we will show you how to capture your screen.

Taking a Screenshot using the Print Screen Button

1. If your laptop keyboard has a Windows key, press the combination [ Windows ] + [ Print Screen] to save your current screen content as a screenshot in the My Documents\Pictures\Screenshots folder.
2. If you don’t see a dedicated Print Screen button on your keyboard, don’t worry. Most laptops have this function integrated into other keys. Look for a key that says “Print” in a different color or with an additional label. To use the Print Screen function, press the combination [ Fn ] + [ Print Screen ].
3. If you only want to capture an active window, press [ Alt ] + [ Print Screen ]. If you only use the Print Screen button without the Windows key, a screenshot of your screen will still be created, but it will be saved only in the clipboard. You can open any graphic editing program such as Paint or Photoshop and paste the screenshot using the key combination [ Ctrl ] + [ V ]. You can then save the screenshot to your hard drive, for example, as a JPG or PNG file. If desired, you can further reduce the size of the created JPG files to save space.

Taking Screenshots with the Snipping Tool

If you don’t want to capture the entire screen but only a specific window or area, you can easily do that using the preinstalled Snipping Tool.

1. Open the Start menu and type Snipping Tool in the search field.
2. Start the program and click on the “New” button.
3. Use your mouse to draw a frame around the area of the screen you want to capture.
4. Click on the save icon to save the screenshot. You can choose between PNG and JPG formats.

Taking Screenshots with External Software

Alternatively, you can download and install a screenshot program that meets your specific requirements. For Windows, we recommend using “Greenshot.” For Linux users, “Shutter” is an excellent option that can be installed via the software center.


Now you can easily capture and save screenshots on your laptop using these methods. Experiment with different options to find the one that works best for you. Happy screen capturing!

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