how to take screenshot on laptop

The screenshot tool is an essential feature of Windows 10, and it can be used to copy the screen on a computer. If you have only started using Windows 11 or earlier versions, then you might not know how to take a screenshot before launching apps. Screenshot is one way to capture the entire working area on your laptop. Whether you want to capture a particular part of your desktop screen or highlight areas of code, this technique can save time and trouble later when you need to edit or make changes. But first, let's get familiar with screenshots before we move on to taking them. You'll sometimes require a fresh start to your workflow, so don't feel like you're stuck in any old ways. You can download many tools that will help you out, and if you already use Microsoft Office, you should also install ClipClip, which makes it much easier to draw screenshots of your work. How do I take a screenshot? 1. Open File Explorer 2. Right-click > Show hidden files and folders. 3. Click on View all types in this window, and you'll see some options. Here are a few things you should look at. For example, if you have more than 100 items with no extension on your current document and folder, you can use the Select All button (it's a dropdown button). Alternatively, you can click Create new item if there isn't enough space. 4. In the bottom left corner, select Screen Capture. This brings up a list of documents and folders where you can snap away. Once it opens for you, the default settings are OK, as they are meant for most users. However, you may find that you want to change these settings by clicking Edit > Set Options. 5. When you're ready to start snapping away, right-click anywhere on that open location. A popup menu appears, and you have three tools to choose from. You can drag or delete, press Esc every now and then, resize, zoom in, etc. Whatever method works best suits you. 6. Make sure that those two buttons at the top are selected. Then you can start making the screenshots. They won't appear immediately, but just after they do, a message box will emerge on the upper right hand side of the view to inform you of the progress. There is always room for error, and once you tap Start on the keyboard will jump you to the next section. 7. Depending on what you're trying to capture, you may want to set the size of your screens at 50% of their original size. At least on my laptop, it takes me about 5 seconds to do this. You may need to experiment with different methods to determine a suitable one for you. If you have an older MacBook, you may notice an extra delay even though everything looks exactly the same. 8. Close out of File Explorer. It allows you to restart the program using another location. 9. Now here is where it gets interesting! After you've taken the screenshot, you can use several features within Microsoft office to tweak the results to fit whatever needs you want. 10. Let's say you need to draw the whole page. To do this, you can open Paint (Windows 10), or Figma (Windows 11) and then select the page (i.e., your entire current screen; not including the edge). Just click on Page Layout and then the pencil icon. 11. After drawing each piece separately, insert them into the layout to create a new layer. Your image will look something like this: 12. From here, it's pretty simple to resize the layers using the Resize option, add shapes, and fill details. You can also select the color to see how well it looks. And finally, you can apply a photo filter to alter the colors and contrast. 13. Try not to miss the Save As... option, which lets you save the screenshot and choose how you want the results displayed. You can then transfer them to other applications. 14. Sometimes you find yourself needing a quick hack to achieve a specific result. Here is a trick. Choose Add Image & Download to save the screenshot on your hard drive. That way, you can use it again whenever you need it, without having to worry about saving it elsewhere. 15. Finally, let's talk about the biggest misconception around screenshotting. We all assume that you can simply run a screenshot of a given app. While Windows provides plenty of commands that let you grab a snapshot of your entire desktop, it's far better to try these tips first, and then experiment with third party tools.