How to Screenshot on Dell Laptop, Desktop or Tablet (Windows 7/8/10)

By Jonny Lin  Technical Tips  DellWindows   0 Comment

A lot of Dell computer users may be wondering how they can take a screenshot on their devices. In fact, it is very easy. You can take a screenshot of your system very quickly. The following are the methods that enable you to capture different areas of your screen:

  1. Take a screenshot of the whole screen
  2. Take a screenshot of an active window
  3. Take a custom screenshot
  4. Take a screenshot on a Dell tablet

1. Take a screenshot of the whole screen

To take a screenshot of the whole screen of your Dell laptop or desktop:

1) Press the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard.

2) Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “paint“. Then open the Paint application in the results. (Or you can open the graphics editing program you would like to use.)

3) Paste the screenshot on the program (press the Ctrl and V keys on your keyboard at the same time).

4) Click Save to save the screenshot as an image on your computer.

That’s it. You have taken a screenshot of the whole screen and saved it on your Dell computer.

If you’re on Windows 8/10, you can use a simpler method:

1) Press the Windows logo or Win key and the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard at the same time. (Your screen will dim for a moment.)

2) Open File Explorer (press the Windows logo key and E on your keyboard at the same time), then go to This PC > Pictures > Screenshots (C:\Users\[YOUR NAME]\Pictures\Screenshots). You will find the screenshot you’ve just taken has been saved there.

2. Take a screenshot of an active window

To take a screenshot of an active window on your Dell laptop or desktop:

1) Press the Alt key and the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard.

2) Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “paint“. Then open the Paint application in the results. (Or you can open the graphics editing program you would like to use.)

3) Paste the screenshot into the program (press the Ctrl and V keys on your keyboard at the same time).

Note that on Paint, if the canvas size is larger than your image, you can click Crop.

The canvas size will become the same as the image size.

4) Click Save to save the screenshot as an image on your computer.

The active window is now captured and saved to your computer.

3. Take a custom screenshot

If you want to take a screenshot of a certain area, there are a few tools you can use:

  • Method 1: You can use the Windows built-in Snipping Tool to take a screenshot and do some simple editing with your image. 
  • Method 2: If you want to take your screenshot more easily and quickly and edit your image with more powerful tools, you can use Snagit.

Method 1: Take a screenshot with Snipping Tool

1) Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen and type “snip“. Then click Snipping Tool in the list of results.

2) On Snipping Tool, click New.

3) Click and drag your mouse to select a certain region of your screen. Then release the mouse button.

4) Click the Save Snip icon to save the screenshot.

Method 2: Take a screenshot with Snagit

1) Download and install Snagit.

2) Run and sign in the program, then click the Capture button.

3) Hover over windows or regions to auto-select the area, then click it to capture the area. Or click and drag to select a custom area.

4) Click the camera icon on the toolbar to save your screenshot as an image.

5) Edit your image on the pop-up Snagit Editor. You can add shapes, text, effects, or make adjustments to your image.

6) Save your image or click the Share button in the upper right corner to share the image.

You can only try the full version of Snagit for 15 days. You’ll need to purchase it when the free trial is over.

4. Take a screenshot on a Dell tablet

If you are using a Dell Windows tablet computer, you can press the Windows button and the volume down (-) button on your tablet at the same time to take a screenshot.

The screenshots that have been taken using this method are all in the Screenshots folder in the Pictures folder (C:\Users\[YOUR NAME]\Pictures\Screenshots).
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