How to Screenshot on an HP Laptop

Use the Print Screen button, the Snipping tool, or Snip & Sketch

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.

This article explains the main ways to take a screenshot on an HP laptop: using the keyboard or using different software, depending on your version of Windows.

Four Ways to Use the Keyboard to Take a Screenshot

There are four ways to use the keyboard to grab screenshots using Windows. With each, you need to paste the image into an editor like Paint (or similar) to see and manipulate the image further.

  1. Simultaneously press the Windows key + Shift + S. Drag your cursor over the area of the screen you want to capture.

  2. 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. Blink and you might miss it.

  3. Finally, you can use Alt + Prt Sc to capture the active window. Again, you will see no indication that the capture actually happened.

From the image editor of your choice, you can save and manipulate the image.

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

How to Use Snip & Sketch in Windows 10

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

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

    The Start menu in Windows 10
  2. Search for Snip & Sketch in the search bar and select it from the results.

    Snip & Sketch in Windows 10 search

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

  3. 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 Fullscreen Snap option in Snip & Sketch

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

  4. 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.

    A thumbnail of a screen from Snip & Sketch

    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.

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

    Editing tools in Snip & Sketch
  6. To save the screenshot, click the Save icon.

    The Save button in Snip & Sketch
  7. In the next window, choose a file name, file type, and location for your saved screenshot.

    The Save window in Snip & Sketch

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.

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

    The Start menu in Windows 10
  2. Use the search box to look for "Snipping tool" and select it from the results.

    Snipping Tool in Windows 10 search results
  3. 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.

    The Mode menu and "Full-screen Snip" option in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool
  4. 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.

    Editing tools in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool
  5. To save, click the button that looks like a floppy disk.

    The Save button in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool
  6. A save window will open, where you can name your image, select a file type, and choose where to save it.

    The save window in the Windows 10 Snipping Tool

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.

The Power and Volume Down buttons on an HP tablet


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