Taking a screenshot will help you to capture the activity, and keep a document or a transaction safely on your computer. You can take screenshots of computer problems, so you can share them with technical teams to solve the issue. Taking a screenshot becomes a little bit more tricky than a mobile phone. On a mobile phone, you can take a screenshot by pressing the power and volume button. Wondering, how to take screenshots on a laptop? You can also take a screenshot using a button on your laptop or computer by pressing a single button, but most users don’t know such a button exists on their laptop keyboard.
How to take a screenshot on your Windows laptop
On the top right of your laptop keyboard, you can see a Print Screen key, (maybe abbreviated as PrtScn or Prt SC). This key will allow you to capture your entire laptop screen. By pressing the button the entire laptop screen is captured and copied you your laptop’s clipboard. That means, it is not immediately saved. It is actually copied to your laptop’s clipboard. To save the image open an image editing program on your Windows computer (you can use Microsoft Paint, GIMP, Photoshop, or similar) and paste (Ctrl+V) the screenshot as a new image. You can also use right-click and paste to paste the screenshot. Now the image is ready to save, save it as JPG, PNG, or other supported file formats.
How to capture a portion of the screen on your Windows laptop
You can capture a portion of your laptop screen with the Snip&Sketch tool. You can use the shortcut Windows logo key+Shift+S. To capture a screenshot, press the Windows key + Shift + S to bring up a snipping toolbar. Using the Snip&Sketch toolbar, you can snip a rectangle or full screen. Then the screenshot will directly go to your clipboard.
How to take a screenshot on your Mac
To take a screenshot on a Mac computer, press and hold Shift, Command, and 3 keys together. You can see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. You can also wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.
How to capture a portion of the screen on your Mac
To capture a portion of your laptop screen, press and hold Shift, Command, and 4 keys together. Drag the crosshair to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the selection, press and hold the Space bar while dragging. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key. To take the screenshot, release your mouse or trackpad button. You can see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. You can wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop. By default, on Mac, the screenshots save to your desktop with the name ‘Screen Shot [date] at [time].png’.