How to Take Screenshot on HP Laptop or Desktop Computers

You can take a screenshot of your laptop or computer desktop with this one-of-a-kind function. It's also known as a screengrab, screencap, or screenshot.

Sometimes you need to show your coworkers the changes you made to a webpage. Other times, you may want to take a screenshot of your family while on a holiday Skype call across the country. One of the best things about computers today is that you can take pictures right from your screen and save them as image files.

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As one of the biggest companies in the world that makes computers, HP® keeps making huge steps forward to make computers easier to use. We'll show you a bunch of different ways to take a picture of your desktop, from using screen casting software to pressing a few keys on your keyboard.

How to Take a Screenshot on HP laptop

HP laptops and desktops run Windows or Chrome, so all you have to do to take a screenshot is press a key on the keyboard. The Print Screen key is usually in the upper right corner of your keyboard. You can also write it as PrtScn or Prt SC. Press this button to take a picture of your entire desktop screen.

However, instead of saving it immediately, your computer copies the picture you take to the clipboard. Here are the steps you need to take to save that screenshot as an image file:

  1. To take a picture of the whole screen, press the Windows key and the Print Screen key at the same time. For a moment, your screen will go dark to show that the snapshot worked.
  2. Start up an image editor. You can use Microsoft Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, or PaintShop Pro.
  3. To paste the screenshot, open a new picture and press CTRL + V. After right-clicking, you can also press paste.
  4. Save the picture as a JPG or PNG file and place it in an easy-to-access folder so that you can share it quickly.

The other method is to use partial screening by default

Snip & Sketch makes it easier than ever to take screenshots of only parts of your screen when you don't want to take a picture of the whole thing.

As of an October 2018 update, Windows 10 laptops now come with the new default feature, which lets users grab parts of their screen without using any other apps. Follow these steps to grab and save.

Hold down the Windows key, Shift key, and S key at the same time. Your screen will fade to a white overlay, and the cursor will change from a pointer to a crosshair.

Pick out the part of the screen you want to capture. Your computer will copy the text from your screen to the clipboard.

Open a program for editing pictures

To paste the screenshot, open a new picture and press CTRL + V. Save the picture as a JPG or PNG file and put it in a folder that is easy to get to.


Whether your laptop runs Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10, the snipping tool is a great built-in feature that lets you quickly grab any size part of your screen.

All Windows desktop computers already have the snipping tool installed, and you can find it in the start menu. Once you get to them, these steps will walk you through a smooth three-step process for taking a screenshot.

  1. To make a new snip, press "New" or CTRL + N in the snipping tool app.
  2. Drag the crosshair cursor to make the area you want to outline into a rectangle.
  3. Touch the disk icon in the snipping tool's toolbar to save the picture as a PNG or JPEG file.

There are some extra features on the snipping tool that let you change modes. It's possible to snip in three different ways besides the usual rectangular shape.

With a free-form snip, you can capture it in any shape or form. With the free-form mode, it's easy to draw circles, ovals, or figure 8s.

With just one click, Window Snip will take a picture of the current open window.

A full-screen snip takes a picture of the whole screen. This is very helpful for people who have two monitors and want to take a picture of both of them at the same time.

You can draw on your screenshot with the pen and highlighter feature of the snipping tool, which makes it easy to make notes and annotations.

Snagit App

Snagit has a simple interface and many extra features that make taking screenshots easy. It's great for people who like to annotate and edit photos a lot.

Snagit lets you take screenshots, resize them, and edit them; it also lets you grab videos that can record a scrolling screen. You'll be able to grab the screen quickly and easily if you follow these steps.

  1. Open the Snagit app after downloading it.
  2. To get to the screenshot camera, press the red circle button at the top of your screen.
  3. Choose the camera icon to take a picture or the recorder icon to take a video screenshot.
  4. Pick out the part of the screen you want to save.
  5. Your desktop picture will appear in the Snagit app. From there, you can change the size, add notes, edit, copy, and save the clipped image.


How to take a screenshot on an HP tablet is a little different from how to take a screenshot on an HP desktop or laptop, no matter what operating system it runs on. You won't have to use keyboard shortcuts or built-in screenshot tools; instead, you'll just need to follow a simple two-step process.

Hold down the power button and the volume-down button at the same time. The screen will flash for two seconds to indicate the successful capture of a screenshot. To find the picture you took, go to your tablet's photo folder.

Conclusion on Great Screenshot

Even if the built-in photo editor on your device can crop and resize photos, it might not be as useful as an app that lets you take screenshots in sections.

You can choose the area you want to capture, and Super Screenshot also lets you add text, notes, blur, and change the size of the image. There is also an "easy share" button in Super Screenshot that lets you send your picture to another location with just one press.

You can save important files or pictures by taking screenshots, no matter what method you choose. For example, you could take a screenshot of your movie tickets or a funny text conversation.