How to Screenshot on Laptop: The Ultimate Guide

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Screenshots can come in handy whenever you want to save something from the Internet, or simply just want to show your friend that funny meme you saw. But how to screenshot on laptop?

Let SBMHowTo find out details through this article. This article includes different ways to take screenshots on a laptop. Check it out!

How to Screenshot on Laptop

Below are some methods of taking a screenshot on laptops that run on Windows and macOS.

If Your Laptop Runs on Windows 10

If you own a laptop with Windows 10, there are several ways on how to screenshot in laptop.

Using Snipping Tool

This is a bonus for those who want to know how to screenshot on HP laptop or any other laptops that run on Windows operating systems.

First, click on the Windows icon found at the bottom left of your laptop screen. You can also tap on the Windows key on your keyboard.

Then, look for ‘Snipping Tool’ on the search bar. You will see several options, including ‘New’, ‘Mode’, ‘Delay’, ‘Cancel’, and ‘Options’.

The New option lets you capture your screen regardless of the size, dimension, or form. With the Mode option, you get to choose a customized size for your photo; for instance, full screen, rectangle, or even free form.

The Cancel calls off whatever you’re doing, and the Delay one lets you set a timer for when you want to take a screenshot.

This pre-installed program comes in convenient whenever you want to take a screenshot, especially if you need simple editing on your just captured screenshot(s).

However, if you wish to take a screenshot using straightforward methods with keys only, keep on reading!

Using the Print Screen (PrtSc) Key

Windows laptops allow users to take a screenshot with a simple press on the PrtSc key found on the top right corner of your laptop. Then, simply go to Paint and paste (press Ctrl+V) the image. You can also paste it on Microsoft Word or another program that displays the photos.

For some computers, an additional act may be needed. If you tried the method above, and it doesn’t work, try pressing Fn+PrtSc.

Remember, by doing this, you’re taking a photo of the entire screen of the laptop.

Using the Alt+PrtSc Key

There is another alternative to the method below with the PrtSc key: use Alt+PrtSc. However, this act will only capture the image of your current displayed screen; in other words, the active window you’re using.

Using Windows key+Ctrl+S

Press on the Window key+Ctrl+S if you want to take a screenshot of a specific part of the current display. When you do this, the screen is dimmed, and the mouse changes to a pointer.

Use this pointer to choose the portion you want to take a screenshot on, and then paste it into any program that supports images.

Using Windows key+G

If you’re a gamer, you ought to know this method of taking a screenshot. Simply press on the Windows key+G to make a game overlay. Clicking right on the camera icon also works.

Using Third-party Screenshot Apps

Sometimes these built-in methods are not enough to meet your needs, which calls for third-party screenshot apps.

  • Snagit: The tool lets you produce animated photos or GIFs with your screenshot. The thing is, it costs $50 for the premium version.

You can try the free 30-trial to see if you like the app, and purchase it later. Yet, the Snagit watermark will stay on the bottom right corner. 

  • Lightshot: This app is great for quick social sharing as it allows you to do simple editing right on the photo.
  • Greenshot: It is free and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

All of the methods can be applied on laptops or PCs that run on Windows operating systems, so if you still don’t know how to screenshot on a laptop Acer, how to screenshot on laptop Dell, or even how to screenshot on laptop Lenovo, check them out.

If Your Laptop Runs on macOS

There are several ways to take screenshots on your MacBook.

Using Shift+Command+5

MacBooks don’t have the Ctrl key like Windows laptops, but they have the Command key instead.

To take a screenshot with your Mac, use the key combination Shift+Command+5. After pressing these keys, you will see a toolbar. And there are several options for you to choose from. Depending on what you want, choose the option accordingly.

You can capture the screen, capture a window, or capture a certain portion of the screen (see below). After you’re done, a small thumbnail of the photo you just took will appear at the bottom right corner of your screen.

If you want to make adjustments to the photo you have just taken, simply click on the thumbnail.

This method is available for MacBooks that are currently using macOS Mojave or later. If your MacBook is not using macOS Mojave, there are still other ways to take a screenshot.

Using Shift+Command+3

This method is available on all macOS devices. It is the easiest way to take a screenshot on both PCs/laptops that run on macOS. By pressing these keys at once, you’re capturing the entire screen.

Using Shift+Command+4

This keyboard shortcut allows you to capture a selected portion of the screen only.

When you apply this shortcut, the mouse will turn into a crosshair. Then, use it to drag on the area you wish to capture. Next, press and release the Space bar; by doing this, you’re turning the crosshair into a camera icon. Click Enter, and your screenshot is captured.

Using Shift+Command+6

Only MacBook versions with a Touch Bar can be applied this method as it enables you to take a photo of your Touch Bar.

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In Closing

And that’s how to screenshot on laptop with different methods on Windows laptops and MacBooks. Hopefully, you can choose out one of the techniques above to take a screenshot on your laptop.

Should you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment down below. Also, if you don’t understand any of the steps mentioned, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Thank you for reading!

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