Take a Screenshot

take a screenshot

This article teaches you how to take a screenshot of what is on your HP computer’s screen. Since all HP computers run Windows natively, you will use Windows methods to do this.

Using the keyboard – Windows 8 and 10

Find the “Print Screen”

⎙ PrtScr You can find it in the top row of keys on the right, next to the Del or Entf key. If your keyboard has a number pad on the right side, you’ll find the prt sc key on the top left of that number pad. Notice if the text “prt sc” (or similar) is at the top or bottom of the key. If it’s below, under some other text, you’ll probably need to press Fn as well.

Find the “Windows”

⊞ Win This key shows the Windows logo, you can usually find it at the bottom right of the keyboard.

If necessary, search for the

Fn If the “prt sc” text is at the bottom of the key, below other text, you must press Fn at the same time to activate the function at the bottom of the key. Fn is usually found at the bottom left of the keyboard.

Make sure your screen is showing what you want to take a screenshot of.

Go to the page or program in which you want to take a screenshot.

Press

⊞ Win If “prt sc” is on the key under other text, then press Fn as well.

Press the

⎙ PrtScr You should only have to do this briefly. Press the ⊞ Win key at the same time.

Release all keys when the screen dims briefly.

This indicates that Windows has taken a screenshot of what is on your screen. If the screen doesn’t dim, release the buttons and then press the prt sc button again. If that still doesn’t work, press the Fn key as well if you haven’t done so previously, or release the Fn key and try again if you did press it previously.

Look at your screenshots.

You can find the captured screenshots in the “Pictures” folder or by doing the following: Open Windows Explorer. Click the Pictures folder on the left side of the window. Double-click the “Screenshots” folder in the “Pictures” window. Double-click your screenshot.

Using the keyboard – All versions of Windows

Find the “Print Screen”

⎙ PrtScr You can find this key in the top row of keys on the right, next to the Del or Entf key. If your keyboard has a number pad on the right side, you will find the prt sc key on the top left of that number pad. Notice if the text “prt sc” (or similar) is at the top or bottom of the key. If it’s below, under some other text, you’ll probably need to press Fn as well.

If necessary, search for the

Fn If the “prt sc” text is at the bottom of the key, below other text, you must press Fn at the same time to activate the function at the bottom of the key. Fn is usually found at the bottom left of the keyboard.

Make sure your screen is showing what you want to take a screenshot of.

Go to the page or program in which you want to take a screenshot.

Press the

⎙ PrtScr This copies a screenshot of the content on your screen to the clipboard. There is no visible sign that a screenshot was taken. If the text “prt sc” is on the key below other text, press Fn as well.

Open Start

To do this, click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.

Open Paint.

Type paint and then click Paint at the top of the Start menu.

Paste your screenshot.

Press Ctrl + V to do this. Your screenshot will appear in Paint. You can also click the Paste clipboard-shaped icon in the top-left corner of Paint. If your screenshot wasn’t pasted, you may need to go back to capture the screenshot, this time pressing Fn (or not right now if you pressed Fn the previous time).

Click on the top left of the menu

File A drop-down menu will appear.

Choose in this menu

Save as A pop-out will appear.

Choose an image format.

In the pop-out, click either PNG or JPEG. This opens a Windows Explorer window. Ideally, you should use the PNG format here, since the quality of PNG files doesn’t degrade over time (like JPEG does). However, JPEG files take up significantly less space on the hard drive.

Enter a filename.

Type whatever name you like for the screenshot into the “File name” field near the bottom of the window.

Choose a location to save.

On the left side of the window, click the folder where you want to save the file.

Click at the bottom of the window

Save This saves your screenshot in the specified folder.

With the Snipping Tool

Open Start

Click on the Windows logo at the bottom left.

Open the Snipping Tool.

Type snipping tool into the search bar, then click Snipping Tool at the top of the Start menu.

Set the mode to “Rectangular Snip”.

Click Mode at the top of the Snipping Tool window, then click Rectangular Snip in the resulting drop-down menu. This both sets the Snipping Tool to function as a rectangular screenshot and also puts your screen into screenshot mode. Going forward, “Rectangular Snip” is the default, and you can simply click New on the left side of the Snipping Tool to create a new snip.

Click on your screen and draw a box with the mouse.

You should see a red line all the way around this box. If you want to take a screenshot of the entire screen, click in the top left corner and drag to the bottom right corner.

Release the mouse button.

Once you do this, the screenshot will be taken. You should see the screenshot in the Snipping Tool.

Save your screenshot.

You can save it as an image file on your computer like this: Click the “Save” icon shaped like a floppy disk at the top of the Snipping Tool window. Enter a name in the “File name” field. On the left of the window, choose a folder where you want to save the screenshot. Click Save .

Try other types of snips.

Clicking “Mode” at the top of the Snipping Tool will bring up a drop-down menu with these options. Each of these options allows you to take a different type of screenshot: Freeform — This option allows you to freely select an area of ​​your screen by freehand clicking in different places while holding the mouse button. If you then release the mouse button when you’ve reconnected the end of the selection to the beginning, the screenshot will be taken. Window — This allows you to take a screenshot of a currently open window, such as your browser window, without capturing anything else. A click in a window creates the screenshot.