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How to Screenshot on a Laptop (Windows 10, 7 & 8)

It is possible to take a screenshot on almost any platform out there nowadays. Windows has various methods of taking a screenshot. Although there are lots of external programs that offer this service in an easier way and with better features. There are different techniques out there to capture selected areas on your screen or the entire screen. In this article, I will show you how to screenshot on a laptop.

Taking screenshots is very necessary and it is a skill you should possess if you work on the computer. It is useful for record-keeping, or to further explain a problem or information to others. Furthermore, you can also use it to capture interesting moments, images, or funny write-ups while browsing on your laptop. If you are going to learn how to take a screenshot, you should know that there are so many ways that are possible.

How to screenshot on laptop
How to screenshot on laptop

How to screenshot on a laptop

There are several ways you can take a screenshot on your laptop. One of the fastest ways to do this is by using the “PrtScn” button. Asides from that there are other key combos that you can make use of. There is also a tool by Microsoft that is used to take a customized screenshot and also draw on the images.  In addition to that, there are several third party programs that you can use to screenshot on your laptop.

There are different ways to take a screenshot on your Windows laptop. You can decide to capture the whole screen or just select part of the screen. Some of the various techniques on how you can take a screenshot on your laptop are below.

How to screenshot on laptop
Taking a screenshot on laptop

How to take a screenshot using the PrtScn key

This is one of the fastest ways to take a screenshot on a laptop as I have said earlier. All you need to do is to locate the “PrtScn” button on your laptop. It is usually located at the top row near and among the function key just above the symbols. It might not be labeled exactly as I have written but it will be something very similar to that. The key simply means the Print Screen button.

Before you can activate it on some computer mostly laptop, you might need to trigger it using the second Function key (shift button). Press down on it and click the print screen simultaneously. This feature on your system captures the entire screen to your clipboard and you will be able to paste it into any program. You can paste it in Paint or Microsoft word as an image. If you want to copy a particular screen without pasting immediately, then hold the Alt key while pressing the Prt button. This copies it to the clipboard and you will paste it wherever you wish.

If you are using the latest version of Windows 10, you can select a portion of the screen you want to capture by pressing Windows Key + Shift + S. Once you have done this, you will be able to paste it in another program.

To access your laptop screenshot, you can go to the pictures folder and look for the Screenshot subfolder.

How to screenshot on a laptop using the Snipping Tool

This is also a very reliable way you can take a screenshot on a laptop. Windows has a flexible screenshot feature called Snipping Tool. You can capture a screenshot with it and save it as an image without having to paste it anywhere else.

To access this tool, search for it in the start menu and start it. Then choose the kind of screenshot you want from in the Mode drop-down. You can choose a full screen to any free-form shape you desire. Click New and watch your screen freeze. After this, make use of the mouse for the screenshot, and then it will appear on the Tool window. You can also choose to annotate the screenshot using the drawing tools.

Once you are done editing, click File and then Save As to save the screenshot to your computer.

How to screenshot using the Game Bar

It is also possible to take a screenshot on your laptop using your game console. The first thing to do is to open a game from the start menu, then press the Windows key + G button as you are playing the game. With this, a bar will pop up. You can click on the camera icon to take a screenshot

You can later access your images from the videos folder under another mini folder titled captures.


If you have read this post, then you should know how to screenshot on a laptop without any difficulties. You can do this successfully on a Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating system.


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