You may have searched “How do I do a screenshot on my computer?”, “How to screenshot with laptop” or you may need to take a screenshot of important information on social media to support your claims. Perhaps, you need to send a screenshot of an image on the screen of your personal computer to a friend or family member. Maybe you need to show how a particular software works during a tutorial and you need an image to support your lectures.
All these can be achieved if only we know how to take screenshot with laptop computer (PC). No matter the reason, HowNah shows how Windows’ built-in features can be used for capturing and saving screenshots.
Step 1: Capture the image
Assuming the area you want to capture is displayed on your screen, press the Print Screen (often shortened to “PrtScn”) key, typically located in the upper-right corner of your keyboard, to capture a screenshot of your entire display.
Alternatively, press Alt + Print Screen keys to capture a screenshot of the active window. If you’re on a laptop, you may need to press Fn + Print Screen if your laptop has another feature assigned to that particular key.
There will be no noise or any other indication the screenshot was taken, but the resulting image will be saved as a PNG file to your clipboard. If using Windows 8 or 10, click the Windows Key + Print Screen to automatically save a full-screen screenshot within the Screenshots folder of your picture directory.
Alternatively, if you have Dropbox installed, the screenshot will be automatically deposited in your Dropbox directory, under Screenshots.
Step 2: Open Paint
Click the ‘Start’ menu, navigate to the Windows Accessories folder or the ‘Accessories’ folder if using Windows 7, and click ‘Paint.’ The icon depicts a painting palette with a brush on the right side, but it will vary slightly depending on your operating system.
In Windows 8, press the Windows key to open the start screen. Afterwards, click the down arrow in the bottom left, press Ctrl + Tab, or swipe downward from the centre of the display to access the Apps View. From there, select ‘Paint.’
In Windows 10, you can open the ‘Start’ menu, go to All Apps, and scroll through the alphabetical list until you find ‘Paint.’
All three iterations of Windows also include Windows Search, which can be used to find the paint tool by searching for ‘Paint.’
Step 3: Paste the screenshot
Once open, click the Paste button in the upper-left corner of the program, choose Edit then Paste, or press Ctrl + V on the keyboard to paste your screenshot. Again, the exact navigation and wordage will vary slightly from one operating system to another but the keyboard shortcut will remain the same.
Step 4: Save the screenshot
Perform any editing you want, such as cropping the image to a specified area, and click the main file option in the upper-left corner. Afterwards, select Save As, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu.
For most purposes, JPG will do fine, but a variety of other formats are available to choose from such as PNG, BMP, GIF, and others. Click the gray ‘Save’ button in the bottom-right corner when you finish.
Tips for using the default keyboard shortcuts to screenshot with laptop computer
Your keyboard’s Print Screen key copies your current screen. You can then paste it into image editing software with Ctrl + V keys.
Pressing Alt + Print Screen will capture only the currently selected window.
Taking a screenshot is simple, regardless of which version of Windows you’re running. There are only a few steps. If you haven’t adjusted the default keyboard controls, you should already have access to all the image-editing software you need.