How to Screenshot on a HP Laptop?

December 19, 2020

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Although this article has been written with the intended purpose of HP, this can also be used on any laptop with Windows installed.


So assuming that you are using an HP Laptop with Windows, How do you screenshot on an HP Laptop?


Well, the answer is fairly easy with multiple different ways to do this.


There are several reasons as to why you may want to screenshot but the simplest and easiest way to do so is using the inbuilt windows function which comes with every laptop or computer.

The PRT SCR Key (Free)

Every computer or keyboard will have the ability to screenshot. The most common way to do this is to press the PRT SCR key. This is normally situated above the back key, plus/equals key and enter key. 

When you press this button it will take a screenshot of everything on your screen however, this means any tabs open and the windows taskbar will show but don’t worry there’s a way to remove it. 

Once you’ve pressed the PRT SCR key on your keyboard, it will automatically capture anything that’s on the screen. From here you will need to paste the picture into a document or similar.  

If you have Microsoft Word installed you can open that up and press the paste option or CTRL + V key.

If you don’t have Microsoft Word installed you can use the free software that comes with Windows such as Wordpad, Facebook Chat or Paint. You can find them by just typing the name into the windows search bar bottom left.

Once you have the software open again press CTRL + V or right-click and press paste.

You can save the image in the following ways:

In Microsoft Word or Wordpad right-click the screenshot image and click save the picture, from here you can save the screenshot to your computer. 

If you are using Paint you can hit the save button top left and save it as a JPG or PNG image. 

Once you have the image you can crop out any unnecessary bits by finding the photo on your laptop, right-click it and click “Edit”. You will then see an option to crop the image and remove any unnecessary features. 

That is method 1 on how to screenshot on an HP laptop or equivalent. 

*Note: If you have more than 1 monitor and it’s set to “Extended” then it will screenshot both screens*

Using Microsoft Word (PAID)


Using Microsoft Word to take a screenshot on your HP Laptop is easy. In fact, it’s one of the most preferred ways, over the inbuild screenshot system. The two methods to take a screen on Microsoft word is one that captures the screen (like the one above) or a version like the one below that captures a selected area of the screen. To do this step go to the ‘Insert’ tab at the top. Next, go to the 3rd box along (illustrations) and an option will appear saying ‘Screenshot’. You can then do 1 of 2 things. The top box(‘s) will show you all the applications or screens open on your HP laptop and by clicking it, you will get a screenshot like a method above. The second option is to click ‘Screen Clipping’, which gives you an option to drag part of the screen capturing only a select area on the screenshot. 


The screenshot will populate on the word document, allowing you to right-click and save it anywhere on your HP laptop. 




    Snipping Tool (FREE)

    The final method on how to screenshot with an HP Laptop or Equivalent is to use the inbuilt software. On Windows you can access the screenshot tool called Snipping Tool, this can be accessed by either typing “SNIPPING TOOL” in the search bar bottom left. 

    Once this tool is open you can click “NEW” which will allow you to highlight and drag the selected area in which you want to screenshot. You can then save it using the inbuilt software. 


    You will now have 3 ultimate tools on how to screenshot on an HP laptop or equivalent. With these newfound tools, you will be able to easily screenshot on any computer device and snippet your screen whether it’s for work purposes or if you’re just messing around.

    This guidance will work on any questions on how to screenshot on an Acer, HP, DELL or Lenovo laptop. 

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