HP has ruled the computer-lead world for a long time. Their product catalog includes printers, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc. Many of us at some point in our lives have used an HP desktop or laptop and some people still do as they are a great utility device. Due to the constant information exchange, we need to share the details on what we are working on, make tutorials, teach people about a new topic – the reasons can be many. Thanks to the technological advancements and the updates that keep making Windows 10 better, we have something called as screenshots, a tool that lets you capture an image of whatever is on your computer’s screen.
Screenshots are a timesaving miracle of the modern technology that helps us store things that our brains wouldn’t. Be it capturing a purchase receipt as a backup, funny conversations, mean tweets by people or a photo of your family while Skyping – Screengrabs reduce our effort by 50%
If you use an HP laptop, there are many ways through which you can screengrab the contents of the screen. We’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on HP Laptop.
How to Take a Screenshot on HP Laptop
Method 1: The Default Shortcut
The best and most time-saving way to take a screengrab is using the default Windows 10 method. You can do this with the simplest of key combinations: Function Key + Windows Logo + Print Screen Key.
If for some reason you are not able to take a screenshot with the aforementioned key combinations, try the other keys Windows Logo + Print Screen Key.
Mind you, this option doesn’t have the pizzazz of writing on the screenshot or screengrabbing a particular region. Scroll down for more options.
Method 2: Snipping Tool
Snipping tool the most preferred options by Windows users. Not just Windows 10, but users of Windows 7 and 8 still use this incredibly useful app. This application lives within your Start Menu so no need to take some extra steps to summon it. Snipping Tool is quite simple but a powerful option to take screenshots on your HP laptop.
Press the Start menu and search for Snipping Tool. Click on the very first option to launch it.
The layout is pretty minimal. You get three main options to take a screenshot the way you desire. The New option lets you take a new screenshot, Mode option gives you four different forms of taking the screenshot (Free-form snip, Window snip, Full-screen snip, Rectangular Snip), Delay which gives you an option to delay the screenshot for you to prepare, up to 5 seconds.
Customize the settings and click on New to take a screenshot. You’ll see that a red colored box will assist you to take the screengrabs.
Method 3: Windows Ink Workspace
Not a relatively new feature for Windows 10 but the most underrated feature. Windows Ink Workspace is a productivity hub that lets you take quick notes with the help of Sticky Notes, draw or sketch something on your screen (if your device is touch-enabled), and take screenshots with Snip & Sketch.
To summon Windows Ink Workspace, press Windows Logo key + W on your keyboard or hit the icon on your taskbar.
If you are not able to see the Pen icon, right-click on the taskbar. Click on ‘Show Windows Ink Workspace button.’
Once you know how to call it, press on Snip & Sketch. The only downside about this is that it captures your current screen. But it has a lot of tools like sketching or writing with different pens. You can also take a new screengrab by clicking on New.
Method 4: Snagit
Snagit by Tech is an all-rounder screenshotting application that gives you a plethora of options to take a screenshot. The features are just amazing. None of the apps in the market right now can outdo it. Main features include targeting specific windows or capturing full web pages through scrolling, recording short videos and annotating, drawing shapes, numbering steps, etc.
By default, you’ll get two apps when you install Snagit – A screengrabbing tool and other a full-fledged editor to edit those screenshots. Open the app with a red icon.
There are tonnes of option and it can get a bit overwhelming sometimes but once you start using it, you’ll be habitual to it. You can also set presets and hotkeys to call up the app or a particular type of screenshotting method. The Scrolling Screenshot is an amazing way to click screenshots of webpages who are quite long.
Once you decide the type of screenshot you want, press the hotkey and you’ll see this yellow anchor point that will guide you on taking screenshots.
The app costs ₹4,000 but you can try it out on a 30-days free trial if you aren’t super sure about spending that kind of money. Also, if you buy the application, the product key lets you use it on two different PCs. Snagit is for professionals and amateurs alike.
Method 5: Greenshot
Greenshot is a toned-down version of Snagit but is equally useful. You can capture the region of a screen, a window or take a screenshot of the full window. Like Snagit, you can set hotkeys to instantly summon the app. It’s free and isn’t cluttered. It sure gets the job done.
- Lightshot – Free, editor tool, link sharing, and online backup.
- Lightscreen – Free, built-in editors, portable installation, screenshot naming conventions.
- ShareX – Free, open source, annotating, file uploader.
- Awesome Screenshot – Free, customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Call them screengrabs, screencaps or screenshots – this handy tool is very useful in every scenario and might also help you remember things that you wouldn’t otherwise. No matter what method you opt to grab screenshots, you can preserve important dates, documents, texts or of course some images. As outlined above, there are many more ways to take a screenshot but if you still aren’t liking the built-in methods, we mentioned a list of some great third-party applications that you will surely like. We’ve covered more ways through which you can take screenshots on your Windows 10 PC.