How To Screenshot in Laptop HP: Step-by-Step Guide


As technology continues to develop, the need for sharing information and images online grows. One of the simplest ways to capture and share visual information is by using screenshots. Screenshots can be used to highlight a point in an article or to show an error message to a technical support specialist. As an HP laptop user, knowing how to take a screenshot can be incredibly useful – but it’s not always straightforward. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions, keyboard shortcuts, and other helpful tips to help you master taking a screenshot on your HP laptop.

Step-by-Step Instructions

There are a few different methods you can use to take a screenshot on your HP laptop. Here we will outline three popular ways:

Using the Print Screen Button

This method captures an image of your entire screen and saves it to your clipboard.

  1. Find the Print Screen (or PrtScr) button on your keyboard. It’s usually located on the upper right-hand corner of your keyboard.
  2. Press the Print Screen button once. This will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your clipboard.
  3. Open an image editor of your choice, such as Microsoft Paint.
  4. Press Ctrl+V (or right-click and select “Paste”) to paste the screenshot into the editor.
  5. Save the file as an image file, such as JPEG or PNG, to your desired location.

Using the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool allows you to take more precise screenshots of specific areas of your screen.

  1. Open the Snipping Tool. You can find it by typing “Snipping Tool” into the Windows search bar.
  2. Select the type of snip you want to take: Free-form snip, Rectangular snip, Window snip, or Full-screen snip.
  3. After your selection, your screen will appear gray. Select the area you want to capture by clicking and dragging the mouse.
  4. After you release the mouse, the captured image will appear in the Snipping Tool.
  5. Save the file as an image file, such as JPEG or PNG, to your desired location.

Using the Windows + Print Screen Shortcut

This method captures a full-screen screenshot (just like using the Print Screen button) and saves it to your Pictures folder.

  1. Press the Windows key and Print Screen button simultaneously.
  2. The screen will briefly dim to indicate that the screenshot was taken.
  3. Find the screenshot in your Pictures folder. The default location is “This PC > Pictures > Screenshots”.

Keyboard Shortcuts

As an HP laptop user, you have several keyboard shortcuts at your disposal to take screenshots.

Print Screen Button

Press the Print Screen button to take a full-screen screenshot that is copied to your clipboard.

Windows + Print Screen

Press the Windows key and Print Screen button simultaneously to take a full-screen screenshot that is saved to your Pictures folder.

Alt + Print Screen

Press Alt key and Print Screen button simultaneously to take a screenshot of the current window. This will be saved to your clipboard.

Windows + Shift + S

This works for the latest versions of Windows 10. Use this shortcut to capture a specific region of your screen that you can select by dragging your mouse or using the arrow keys. The captured image gets copied to your clipboard which you can paste into editing software.

Print Screen Software

Many HP laptops come pre-installed with software designed to capture screens. You’ll find it under the list of applications in your machine. The Print Screen software allows you to capture the whole screen, specific windows, or a part of your screen.

Features of Print Screen Software

Some of the features Print Screen software offers include:

  • Ability to capture a region of the screen and adjust image size and resolution
  • Pen and highlighter tools
  • Timed screenshots
  • Selection of image format

How to Use Print Screen Software

To start using Print Screen software:

  1. Open the Print Screen software.
  2. Select the type of screenshot you want to take
  3. Take the screenshot and save it where desired.

Third-Party Software

While HP and Windows come with their own screenshot options, you can find several third-party applications if you want more advanced features. Here are a few popular options:


Snagit is one of the most powerful and popular screenshot software on the market. With Snagit, you can capture screenshots, create GIFs, and capture video recordings of your screen. You can download a free trial on the Snagit website to see if it’s useful for your needs.


Lightshot is a lightweight application that allows you to take screenshots, highlight and crop your selection, and upload the image to social media. Lightshot is free and easy to use.


Greenshot is another popular screen capturing software that has more features than the built-in Print Screen option, such as being able to capture specific regions, highlight areas, and add text. Greenshot is free and easy to use as well.

Video Tutorial

Some users may find it easier to learn through video tutorials. Fortunately, many video tutorials post screencasts showing how to take a screenshot in HP laptop. Watch the tutorial below, or see further resources for additional options.

How to Take a Screenshot in an HP Laptop (Video Tutorial)

Comparison with Other Laptops

While every laptop has the ability to take a screenshot, the process could be different. Compared to the most popular laptop manufacturers – Acer, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo – HP makes the process of taking a screenshot a lot simpler. In many cases, HP laptops have dedicated print screen buttons or software pre-installed. This makes taking a screenshot more intuitive, quicker, and doesn’t require a specialized third-party software.

Common Errors and How to Fix Them

Sometimes, taking a screenshot can have some challenges, especially when saving or adding annotations. Here are some common errors that can be fixed quickly:

Low-quality screenshots

Screenshots can change quality when saved into paint or any other editor. However, you can adjust the color scheme to change the format or improve the process of capturing the screenshot.

Screenshots not saving

When you take a screenshot, it usually saves to a specific folder unless you change the destination. Ensure that you’re saving your screenshots in a place where you can quickly access them.


Taking a screenshot in HP laptop is a straightforward process that requires basic knowledge of the methods, shortcuts, software, and applications in use. We hope this guide has been helpful in teaching you how to take a screenshot on your HP laptop. Once you master taking screenshots, you may find it to be one of the most essential computer skills that saves you time and helps to communicate more efficiently. Feel free to try out different methods, option, or software to find out what works for you. Should you face challenges, refer to the troubleshooting section, and don’t hesitate to explore more resources.

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