Most latest ASUS laptops and desktops run on Windows Operating Systems and this commonly includes Windows 7, 8 and 10. Since these computers share the same OS as other laptops and desktops, capturing screenshots is more or less the same.
The basic mechanisms of capturing screenshots are pretty similar across different versions of Windows. Newer Windows versions (Windows 10 and above) have also started offering users built-in screen-shotting tools, which are offered as part of the Windows Suite.
Even though there are many third party software available over the internet, some of which can be downloaded free of charge, an ASUS with Windows 10 should have plenty of built-in functions.
However, this guide will walk readers through screenshot techniques for older as well as the latest ASUS models that run on Windows 7, 8 or 10.
How to Take Screenshot on ASUS Laptops and Desktops:
Before learning how to capture screenshots, you need to determine whether you need to capture the whole screen or a certain part of the screen. Traditional Windows screenshot capturing techniques can capture the whole screen, but you need to use built-in tools or third party software to capture individual windows and edit or annotate the images.
1. Capture and Save Screenshots
Whether you’re working with a single screen (e.g. your laptop) or multiple ASUS screens (e.g. your laptop and a desktop computer), you can follow these steps:
Press the Windows + Print (Prt Sc) keys on your keyboard to capture your whole screen. After doing so, you can look for a folder titled ‘Screenshots’ in your computer’s image folder (C:\User \\Pictures‘ or ‘C:\User \\Pictures\Screenshots). This folder will save all your screenshots in PNG format, until you have moved them to another location.
If you were working with multiple screens, the Windows + Print hot keys will capture the entire screen on multiple windows. Also, you don’t have to access the Screenshots folder to see these images because you can also directly paste a capture onto suitable programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Paint.
2. Copy Screenshot to the Clipboard
Alternatively, you can just press the Print Screen key on your keyboard (without the Windows key) to capture screenshots. This method is different from the one mentioned above because doing so will not save your screenshots in the Screenshot folder. Instead, the captured screenshot will only be copied onto the clipboard.
After capturing a screenshot, you can now run a suitable program like Microsoft Word or Paint and paste your screenshots by pressing Ctrl + V on your keyboard. After doing so, you can edit or save the image manually to any desired location or folder.
3. Using the Snipping Tool
If you plan on capturing screenshots with more versatile options than just the whole screen, then you can move onto using Windows’ built-in Snipping Tool. You can access this program from the Start Menu by entering ‘Snipping Tool’ in the search bar or manually searching for it.
When you start using the Snipping Tool to create a screenshot, its tiny window fades behind the intended screen and you can use your mouse to manually select the area you want to capture.
Screenshot a Manually Selected Area
To capture a screenshot of a manually selected area, just click on New and then click and hold the mouse button to form a Rectangular Snip of your desktop screen. This type of screenshot is the default option in the Snipping Tool and you can toggle between other options by clicking on Mode.
Alternatively, you can also select ‘Free-Form Snip’ from the pull-down menu to have a little more control over the area you capture. As the name suggests, this option lets you create a free-form shape over the desired area with your mouse and when you release the left-click, your screenshot will be captured.
Screenshot the Whole Screen or a Particular Window
The Snipping Tool also allows ASUS laptop or desktop users to capture a particular window or the entire screen by selecting ‘Window Snip’ or ‘Full-Screen Snip’ after clicking on Mode. While the Full-Screen Snip is pretty straightforward, the Window Snip option will let you select a window by hovering your mouse over the intended area.
Pro Tip: Taking a screenshot of the whole window is much easier and quicker with keyboard hot keys. Using your keyboard, you can also move onto editing or annotating your whole window by pasting your capture on Adobe Photoshop or Paint.
4. Using Third Party Software or Browser Extensions (Snagit Recommended)
The internet is home to thousands of screen capturing tools that offer so many more features than Windows Snipping Tool. Snagit, for instance, is a third party software that not only allows users to take screenshots of a particular window, but also makes it possible for them to capture a portion of text within a window.
Screenshot of the Whole Screen
In order to take a screenshot of your desired screen, download Snagit and then run the program. After you have successfully signed up, Snagit’s main user interface should appear on your screen.
To capture a screenshot, drag your mouse over to the large red circle labeled ‘Capture’ and left click. Alternatively, you could also toggle on the ‘5-second delay’ option to take screenshots of objects that can’t be captured otherwise, such as pull-down menus.
Screenshot of a Particular Window or Area Within a Window
Snagit also offers users the option to take screenshots of a particular active window, scrolling window, a particular region of the window or even a section of text. To try out these advanced screenshot features, click on Image (on the left-hand side of the window) and then choose the appropriate option from the pull-down menu labeled ‘Selection’.
As soon as your screenshot is captured, Snagit’s editor will pop-up so you can crop, annotate or edit your screenshot with advanced tools.
Pro Tip: You can also hit Ctrl + S as a shortcut to capture screenshots based on the selection you had chosen earlier.