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Want to know how to take a screenshot on your HP laptop? You’ve come to the right place. The following are all the methods that will help you take a screenshot on your laptop easily.

There are two options you can choose to take a screenshot on your HP laptop:

Option 1 — Manually — You’ll need some patience and computer skills to take a screenshot this way, because you’ll need to capture your screen very precisely to get a perfect screenshot, and you have to find the right tool to do the editing.

Option 2 — Automatically — This is the quickest and easiest option. You can take a perfect screenshot automatically, and there is a powerful editor to help you edit your screenshot easily.

To take a screenshot on your HP laptop manually

There are three ways you can take a screenshot manually:

  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. Open an image editor (like the Paint app or Photoshop), then paste the screenshot to it.
  3. Edit the screenshot with the editor as you want, then save the 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. Open an image editor (like the Paint app or Photoshop), then paste the screenshot to it.
  3. Edit the screenshot with the editor as you want, then save the 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:

  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.

To take a screenshot on your HP laptop automatically

If you want to take a screenshot and edit it more easily, you should use an easy-to-use yet powerful program. And we recommend using Snagit.

Snagit is a screenshot program that can help you take a screenshot easily and quickly. It helps you capture the window under your mouse cursor automatically. You don’t have to look closely to make sure you’ve capture the exact right place.

Snagit’s powerful editor provides lots of features and elements you can use. Arrows, shapes, text, burring, … They are able to satisfy all kinds of screenshot needs.

To use 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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