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

By Jonny Lin  Technical Tips  HPWindows   0 Comment

Are you trying to take a screenshot on your HP computer? It’s very easy. The following are all the methods you can use to take a screenshot on your computer. You may not have to try them all; just choose the suitable one for you. 

  1. Take a screenshot of the whole screen
  2. Take a screenshot of an active window
  3. Take a custom screenshot

1. Take a screenshot of the whole screen

To take a screenshot of the whole screen on your HP computer:

  1. Press the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard.
    This will capture the whole screen and save it to the clipboard on your computer.
  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 to 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 HP computer.

If you’re on Windows 8/10, there’s 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) and you’ll find the screenshot you’ve taken there. 

2. Take a screenshot of an active window

To take a screenshot of an active window (the window currently in use) on your HP computer:

  1. Press the Alt key and the Print Screen or PrtScn key on your keyboard at the same time.
    This will capture the active window on your system and save it to the clipboard.
  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).
  4. If the canvas size is larger than your image, click Crop to crop the canvas.
  5. 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 across the region of your screen you’re going to select. 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 it.

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

Hopefully one of the methods above helps you. And please feel free to leave us a comment below if you have any questions.

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