How to Take a Screenshot on a Laptop (in 3 Easy Steps)

Taking screenshots on your laptop can be very easy with the right software, but if you have an older computer, it can be more difficult. Luckily, most laptops will let you take screenshots in at least one of these three ways: by using the keyboard, by using the touchscreen or by plugging in an external mouse and pressing buttons on that instead. Let’s look at each method in turn.

How to take a screenshot on apple mac laptop

There are two methods for taking screenshots with a Mac. The easiest way is to use the built-in keyboard shortcuts, and you can also opt for third-party software if you prefer.

Mac give you a several options to take a screenshot. Following keyboard commands help you in this case:

  • Cmd-Shift-3
  • Cmd-Shift-4
  • Cmd-Shift-5
  • Cmd-Shift-6

Regardless of which method you choose, screenshots are saved directly into your desktop’s Pictures folder and then immediately added as new files in iPhoto where they can be organized, edited or exported. From there, they can also be dragged into another app like Pages or Keynote.

How to take a screenshot on a Windows 7&10 laptop

If you use Windows 7 or Windows 10, taking a screenshot is easy. There are actually several ways that you can take a screenshot. You can click your Print Screen button, right-click your mouse and select Screenshot or press Alt + Print Screen.

Whichever method you choose, it will save your screen as an image file onto your desktop. If you want to learn how to create screenshots without using any of these methods, then keep reading!

Step 1: Open the window or program you want to capture

Windows users should press Alt+Print Screen and Mac users should press Command+Shift+3. This will take a screenshot of everything currently on your screen and save it as a file on your computer.

 The file is named Screenshot followed by whatever name you gave your computer when you first set it up.

Step 2: Press ‘PrtScn’

This key is generally found in between ‘Fn’ and ‘Ctrl’ keys. Pressing it will copy your entire screen onto your clipboard.

Keep in mind that you’ll still need to paste it into Paint or another image editor for further editing, but pressing ‘PrtScn’ will capture everything visible on your screen at that moment.

Step 3: Open Paint and click ‘Paste’

Once you’ve grabbed your screenshot, simply open Paint and click ‘Paste.’ That’s it! You should now have an image file of your computer screen.


How do I take a screenshot of my whole screen?

There are two ways: First, press ALT+PRT SC. This will save an image of your entire desktop. Or, you can use your cursor and select an area with your left mouse button, then press CTRL+PRT SC.

How do I take a screenshot only of part of my screen?

Hold down CTRL while pressing PRT SC – all open windows will be highlighted and you can select with your mouse what area you want to capture.

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