How to Print Screen on Laptops


This wikiHow teaches you how to take a snapshot of what's happening on your laptop's screen and send it to your printer. The latest versions of Windows and macOS come with modern tools that support many different types of screenshots. If you're using an older laptop, you can still easily take screenshots and send them to your printer with a few quick keyboard combinations.

Part 1
Windows 10 (Snip & Sketch)

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As of July 2019, most versions of Windows 10 include Snip & Sketch, a screenshot app designed to replace the old Snipping Tool.[1] To open the app: Click the Windows search bar and type snip & sketch. Click Snip & Sketch in the search results. If you don't see Snip & Sketch, click Snipping Tool, and then follow the on-screen instructions to update to Snip & Sketch. If you are unable to install Snip & Sketch, see the method.

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It's the button at the top-left corner of the tool. This brings up the on-screen screenshot controls along the top of the screen.

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Each button on the control bar represents a different type of screenshot. Hover your mouse over each icon to see which type of screenshot each represents. Here's a little cheat sheet: Rectangular Snip, the first icon, lets you click and drag a box around the part of the screen you want to capture. As soon as you finish drawing your box, a screenshot of the selected area will appear as a preview. Freeform Snip, the second icon, lets you draw any shape (freehand) around the part of the screen you want to capture. As soon as you finish drawing your shape, a screenshot of the selected area will appear as a preview. Window Snip, the third icon, lets you capture the contents of a single open window. After clicking this option, click a window to snap a screenshot and display a preview. Fullscreen Snip, the fourth icon, takes a full screenshot of the entire desktop and displays a preview.

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It's near the top-right corner of the preview. This brings up the Save As dialog.

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This saves the screenshot as an image file to your laptop.

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If you'd like the send the screenshot to your printer, follow these steps: Click the ••• menu at the top-right corner of the app. Click Print. Select your printer if it's not already selected. Click Print.

Part 2
Windows (Using the PrtScn Shortcut)

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The screen will dim for a moment to indicate that a screenshot is being captured. Once the screenshot is ready, it will be saved to your Pictures folder in a sub-folder called Screenshots.[2]

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It's on the bar that usually runs across the bottom of the screen.

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You'll usually find it under "This PC" in the left panel of the File Explorer.

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It'll be in the right panel. This displays all of the screenshots you've captured.

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It's the most recent file. This displays your screenshot.

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If you want to send your screenshot to the printer, follow these steps: Press Ctrl+P to open the print dialog. Select your printer if it's not already selected. Click Print.

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macOS

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This brings up the on-screen screenshot controls at the bottom of the screen.[3]If you're using High Sierra (10.13) or earlier, press ⇧ Shift+⌘ Cmd+3 to capture the screen instead.

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It's the first button on the on-screen screenshot controls and looks like a macOS desktop. This changes your mouse pointer to a small camera. If you want to capture only one portion of the screen, such as a menu or window, you can use one of the other options on the toolbar, such as: Capture Selected Window: The second icon, which looks like an application window, allows you to capture a single open window on the screen. Capture Selected Portion: It's the third icon, which looks like a square made of a dotted line, allows you to click and drag a square around the part of the screen you want to capture.

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You'll see a small thumbnail at the bottom-right corner that confirms the screenshot has been captured. The screenshot is now saved as an image file on your desktop. If you choose the Capture Selected Window option, click inside the window you want to capture instead. If you chose Capture Selected Portion, click and drag the mouse to draw around the area of the screen you want to capture, and then click Capture in the on-screen screenshot toolbar.

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If you'd like to send the screenshot to your printer:[4] Double-click the screenshot on your desktop to open it. Its name should be something like Screen Shot date at time.png. Press ⌘ Cmd+P to open the print dialog box. Select your printer from the drop-down menu on the bottom-left corner of the window. Click Print.

Part 4
Windows (Using Microsoft Paint)

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It's usually in the top row of keys. This takes a snapshot of the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. If you're using Windows XP, see method. Depending on your laptop, the ⎙ PrtScr key may be shared with another key, such as one of the F keys. If this is the case, you'll usually have to press another button that says Fn as you press ⎙ PrtScr.

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This opens Microsoft Paint, an image-editing program from which you can print the screenshot.

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The Paste option is on the "Clipboard" panel in the toolbar along the top. You will now see your screenshot in MS Paint.

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The screenshot is now saved as an image file.

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If you'd like to send a copy of the image to your printer, follow these steps: Click the File menu. It's at the top-left corner of the app. Click Print. Select your printer if it's not already selected. Click Print.

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Windows XP

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It's usually in the top row of keys. This takes a snapshot of the entire screen and copies it to the clipboard. Depending on your laptop, the ⎙ PrtScr key may be shared with another key, such as one of the F keys. If this is the case, you'll usually have to press another button that says Fn as you press ⎙ PrtScr.

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This opens Paint, which is an image editing application on your laptop. on “Paint,” then click on “Edit” in the Paint window. Microsoft Paint is an image-editing program from which you can print the screenshot.

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It's at the top of the screen.

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The screenshot will display in the Paint window.

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The screenshot is now saved to your laptop.

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If you'd like to send a copy of the image to your printer, follow these steps: Press Ctrl+P to bring up the printer dialog. Select your printer if it's not already selected. Click Print.