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How to Screenshot on an HP Laptop 2021

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What to Know

On a laptop, press prt sc (Print Screen). Alternatively, open the Snipping tool or Snip & Sketch from the Start menu.Screenshots go to This PC > Pictures > Screenshots when you use the keyboard.On a tablet, press Power and Volume Down simultaneously. Screenshots go to your Photos app.

If you know how to take a screenshot in Windows 10, you can also do so on an HP laptop because they usually run that operating system. Here's how to capture a screen on your laptop and an HP tablet.

How to Take a Screenshot on an HP Laptop

You have three main ways to take a screenshot: One uses the keyboard, and two others use software.

How to Use the Keyboard to Take a Screenshot

The fastest way to capture your screen is to use the "Print Screen" button. With the screen up that you want to capture, press Prt Sc. It's on the far right of the top row of your keyboard, near the Insert and Delete keys.

Using this method, you probably won't see any indication that the screenshot "took." For a more visual cue, use the key combination Windows + Prt Sc. When you use this shortcut, your screen will flash black for an instant to confirm the capture happened.

Finally, you can use Alt + Prt Sc to capture the active window.

By default, captures go to This PC > Photos > Screenshots.

How to Use Snip & Sketch to Take a Screenshot

Windows 10 also has some software options to take a screenshot. One is Snip & Sketch app. Here's how to use it.

With the window or screen you want to capture open, click the Start menu.

Search for Snip & Sketch in the search bar and select it from the results.

You can also open Snip & Sketch with the keyboard shortcut Windows + Shift + S.

A menu will appear at the top of the screen. Click the fourth option to capture the whole image, which looks like a rectangle with marks in each corner.

The other options let you draw a rectangle to capture, make a freeform shape, or grab the active window.

However you take the screen, Windows will save it to the clipboard and save folder, and a notification will appear. Click the notification (which includes a thumbnail of the screen you just took) to open a customization window.

To use the screenshot in a Word or other document, you don't have to click the thumbnail. Place the cursor where you want the image to be, and then press Ctrl + V to paste.

In this window, you can mark up, highlight, and crop the image using the tools at the top of the screen.

To save the screenshot, click the Save icon.

In the next window, choose a file name, file type, and location for your saved screenshot.

How to Take a Screenshot with the Snipping Tool

Another software solution, which Microsoft is slowly phasing out in Windows updates, is the Snipping Tool. Here's how to use it.

Navigate to the window you want to capture, and then click the Start menu.

Use the search box to look for "Snipping tool" and select it from the results.

Under the Mode menu, select the type of selection you want to use. To capture the entire screen, click Full-screen Snip, but you can also choose a rectangular section, a single window, or draw a custom shape.

Snipping Tool will open the screenshot in a new window, where you can use the tools up top to make notes and highlights before you save the screenshot.

To save, click the button that looks like a floppy disk.

A save window will open, where you can name your image, select a file type, and choose where to save it.

How to Take a Screenshot on an HP Tablet

HP dropped out of the tablet market in 2011, but you can capture the screen by pressing Power + Volume Down if you still have one. You can find screenshots in the Photos app.

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