How to Take a Screenshot on Dell Laptops, Desktops and Tablets in Windows 7-8-10

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Taking screenshots is an essential skill that can come in handy in many different scenarios. Typically, people take screenshots to share their screen with their friends or coworkers or to report a problem with the software.

While there may be hundreds of other reasons why people may need to take screenshots, there are only a handful of methods that can get the job done. The simplest method of doing so is with the help of the ‘PrtScn’ button (like in Dell G Series) or the ‘Fn + PrtScn’ shortcut on a Dell laptop or desktop.

If you want to learn how to take screenshots on Dell laptops, desktops and tablets, you’re at the right place. Besides teaching you Dell’s built-in screenshot methods, we will also introduce you to an alternative method, just in case the primary methods fail to do the job.

How to Take Screenshots on Dell Laptops and Desktops

1. Using the PrntScr (Print Screen) Function

The Print Screen key, abbreviated as ‘PrntScr’, ‘Prtscn’ or ‘PrtScr’ can be found on the upper-right corner of every basic Dell desktop or laptop keyboard. In some laptops or desktops, these keys can either be used as a shortcut by pressing ‘Shift + PrntScr’ or ‘Fn + Windows Key + PrtScn’ (Dell Latitude and Alienware) or ‘Alt + PrtScn’ (Dell Inspiron and XPS). In other cases, the PrtScn key can be pressed to instantly capture a screenshot.

Screenshot of the Whole Screen

To take a screenshot of the whole screen, just press the screenshot key (or the combination keys) once. Doing so will have taken a screenshot of everything that is presently being displayed on your screen and the capture will have been copied onto the clipboard.

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Screenshot of a Particular Window

If you wish to take a screenshot of a particular window, such as the program you need to report a bug for, then launch this program so it is visible on your screen. To take a more focused screenshot, you could also choose to maximize the window to take up the whole screen.

With a particular window (or even a couple of windows) ready, you can now press the print screen combination on your keyboard. A screen capture will automatically be copied onto your clipboard.

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