Using the Print Screen Key
One of the easiest ways to take a screenshot on an HP laptop is by using the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. This key is usually located on the top right-hand side of the keyboard. To take a screenshot, press the PrtScn key once. This will capture an image of the entire screen and save it to the clipboard.
If you want to take a screenshot of a specific window, click on the window to make sure it is active, and then press the Alt + PrtScn keys simultaneously. This will capture an image of the active window only.
To save the screenshot as an image file, open a photo editor or word processor and paste the screenshot (Ctrl + V or right-click and select “Paste”) onto the page. You can then save the file as an image.
Capturing a Portion of the Screen with Snipping Tool
If you want to capture a specific portion of your HP laptop screen, you can use the Snipping Tool. This is a built-in Windows tool that allows you to capture a screenshot of any shape or size.
To use the Snipping Tool, open the Start menu and type “Snipping Tool” in the search box. Click on the Snipping Tool app to launch it.
Once the Snipping Tool is open, click on “New” to start the capture process. You can then use your mouse to select the portion of the screen you want to capture. You can choose from four different types of snips: Free-form Snip, Rectangular Snip, Window Snip, and Full-screen Snip.
Once you have selected the area you want to capture, the Snipping Tool will automatically open the captured image in a new window. You can then save the image as a file or copy and paste it into a document.
Using the Windows Game Bar
If you have a Windows 10 HP laptop, you can use the Windows Game Bar to take screenshots. The Windows Game Bar is a built-in tool that is designed to help gamers capture and record gameplay footage, but it can also be used to take screenshots of anything on your screen.
To use the Windows Game Bar to take a screenshot, press the Windows key + G to open the Game Bar. Click on the camera icon or press the Windows key + Alt + PrtScn to capture a screenshot of the entire screen.
If you want to capture a specific portion of the screen, click on the capture button (camera icon) and then click and drag the cursor to select the area you want to capture.
The Windows Game Bar also allows you to capture a screenshot using a keyboard shortcut. To enable this, go to Settings > Gaming > Game Bar and turn on the “Take screenshots using Game bar” option. You can then use the Windows key + Print Screen key to take a screenshot.
Taking Screenshots with HP Smart
HP Smart is a free app that is designed to help you manage and print documents from your HP laptop or mobile device. The app also includes a feature that allows you to capture screenshots.
To take a screenshot using HP Smart, open the app and click on the “Capture Documents or Photos” option. This will launch the camera viewfinder.
To take a screenshot, click on the camera icon or press the volume down button on your device. You can then crop the screenshot as needed and save it to your device or send it to an email address or cloud storage account.
Note that the HP Smart app is only available for HP laptops and mobile devices. If you have a different brand of laptop, you will need to use one of the other methods described in this article to take a screenshot.
Using Third-Party Screenshot Tools
If you are not satisfied with the built-in screenshot tools on your HP laptop or if you need more advanced features, you can use third-party screenshot tools.
There are many third-party screenshot tools available, both free and paid. Some of the popular ones include Greenshot, Lightshot, Snagit, and PicPick. These tools offer a range of features, such as the ability to capture scrolling web pages, annotate screenshots, and upload screenshots to the cloud.
To use a third-party screenshot tool, download and install the software on your HP laptop. Once installed, launch the tool and use its interface to capture screenshots. Each tool will have its own set of instructions and features, so make sure to read the user guide or help files for the tool you choose to use.