How to take a screenshot on a Dell Laptop?

Take a Screenshot on Dell Laptop.
Take a Screenshot on Dell Laptop.

Dell is one of the most popular computer manufacturers. There are millions of people who own a Dell laptop.But very few people know how to take a screenshot on their Dell laptop.

Because unlike mobile, taking screenshots on the computer is not so popular. That’s why many people find it very hard to take a screenshot if needed. 

There are multiple ways of taking a screenshot on a Dell laptop if you are using Windows. Even if you are using Linux, you can take a screenshot. 

How to take a screenshot on a Dell Laptop?

Take a Screenshot Using PrintScreen

This is the easiest way of taking a screenshot on any computer that is powered by Windows or Linux. Every laptop keyboard comes with a dedicated button to capture the current state of the screen.

The button is known as Print Screen but it may be labeled in a different way. There are some common labels of this key, such as PS, PrtSc, PrntScrn, PrtSCN, etc. The best way to find it is to find the key that has both P and S labeled on it. 

Now it’s time to take the screenshot. Click on the Print Screen button. It will take a screenshot of the whole window and save to your clipboard. You won’t find it in your clipboard. 

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Print Screen Dell Laptop

But you can paste it from your clipboard on supported sites. For example, if you are using Facebook on a browser and messaging someone, you can press the Print Screen button and then go to the message box and press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot. 

But, we want to save the screenshot on our computer. We need to paste it to a software that can save the image. 

Fortunately, Paint comes built-in on Windows OS. Open Paint on your computer. Then press the Ctrl + V button to paste the screenshot from your clipboard.

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Paste the screenshot on Paint

Now you can edit the screenshot on Paint using various features. As well as, you can save the raw screenshot on your Dell Laptop.

To save the screenshot on your laptop, press Ctrl + S at the same time. Now select the location and enter the file name. 

Save the screenshot on your laptop

Take a screenshot of the current window

The problem with pressing the PrintScreen button only is if you press the button, it will screenshot the whole screen, which you may not want at all. Because sometimes you want to capture a specific window only, not the taskbar, not something in the background, just that particular window.

Fortunately, you can take the screenshot of the current window using PrintScreen. To do that, press Alt + PrtScn key at the same time. It will capture the current window.

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Take screenshot of a specific window

Now open Paint, press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot. To save the screenshot on your laptop, press Ctrl + S and choose file name & location. 

Take a screenshot using Windows Snipping Tool

Windows has a built-in Snipping Tool. It doesn’t capture the whole screen or current window  by default . Instead it lets you select the area you want in your screenshot and save it on your Dell Laptop.

To open the Snipping Tool, click on the Windows icon aka Start Menu. In the search bar, type Snipping Tool. It will appear on the screen. Click on it to open the tool. 

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Open Snipping Tool Windows

Now click on Snipping Mode and select among Rectangular, Window, Full-Screen or Free-form mode

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Select Snipping Mode

Rectangular mode is for selecting the screen in rectangular shape, Window is for capturing the current window, Full-screen is for capturing the whole screen and Free-form is not for any specific shape. You can rotate the mouse in any shape and capture the screen.

Now it’s time to select Snip delay. By default, there’s no delay. You just click on the New button and it captures depending on mode. But you can set a delay of 3/5/10 seconds. 

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Select Snipping Delay

When the delay is set, the screenshot will be taken the way you selected but after the delay time. Within this period, you can move your cursor and show different content in the selected area. 

After you are done configuring, click on the New button and select the area.

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Take a screenshot using snipping tool

Now right click on the captured picture on Snipping Tool and click on Save As. Select the location, enter the file name and save it on your laptop. 

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Save the screenshot on your dell laptop

The good thing is, you can bind your PrintScreen key with the Snipping Tool. So, whenever you press the PrtScn button, it will open the Snipping Tool instead of capturing the whole screen.

To do that, click on the Windows icon and go to Settings. From the left panel, click on Accessibility

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Accessibility Settings Windows

Scroll down and find the Keyboard and click on it. There are multiple options to bind to your keyboard.

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Use the print screen button to open screen snipping

Find Use the print screen button to open screen snipping and toggle the button to enable this feature. Now every time you press the PrtScn button, you can select the area and delay while capturing screenshots. 

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