Tuesday, February 7, 2023

How To Take Screenshots On Dell Laptop

GadgetsHow To Take Screenshots On Dell Laptop

Taking screenshots on Dell devices has never been easier, so if you’re looking at how you can take a screenshot with different methods on different Dell operating systems, well then; this is the article for you! So let us get started.

Follow these two methods:

#1. Method 1

The most basic one of all; the use of the print screen button on your keyboard, usually located at the top right of your keyboard near the numeric pad (If you are using a full-size keyboard) just right after the F-row keys, and or if you are using an 87 key or TKL (Ten Key Less) keyboard, then for the print-screen key should be located at the top row; Third key counting left from the most top right key. The print Screen key may be shown as an icon on the keycap, “prntsrc”, or print screen (fully spelled out).

So after figuring out, which key your print screen key is; then you should now go and move to whatever you’re trying to take a screenshot of; just make sure it is visible on your screen, upon pressing the print screen key nothing would happen on your screen but rest assured that your display’s screen has been screenshotted and placed into your clipboard. (do note that after pressing the print screen key, if you do have more than one monitor, all monitors connected to your pc and whatever is in there displayed will also be taken, so keep that in mind, anyway later on you’ll know how to crop and delete the unwanted part of your screenshot.)

Next would be to open up a program that allows for taking images from your clipboard (a clipboard is a temporary storage for all the user-copied things, such as text or images). Programs such as paint, photoshop, gimp, and even social media messaging platforms.

A. Doing it with paint

Open paint and press ctrl (control) + v on your keyboard and it would automatically paste it into the empty canvas in paint, you can now start cropping it by holding the handle points on the middle right and middle bottom of the canvas. Press file then save (or just do ctrl + s) and then save your file, boom you’re done!

B. Doing it with adobe photoshop/illustrator or gimp

Similar to paint, but with an added step of creating an empty canvas. For these programs, just press Ctrl + n to create a new canvas and make sure you set the resolution to 300 (default HD value), and find your canvas size, usually, a normal 1080p HD would work (1920 x 1080), and just continue with how we did it in paint, by just pressing ctrl + v to paste the screenshot from the clipboard and then you can resize it by pressing ctrl + T on your keyboard and dragging the resizing handles (the small box on some part of the transformed screen) after cropping and resizing your screenshot just press Ctrl + S and then save your file on your selected directory. Tadah! That’s your screenshot done with this method.

C. Doing it with social media messaging platforms –

The easiest and most direct one so far applies to 90% of all messaging platforms: iMessage, Messenger, Instagram, Twitter, Discord, Facebook post, telegram, and more. All you have to do is open your chat window or photo window on the selected platform and press control + V, your clipboard will paste it there, albeit it would not have any extra editing feature such as crop or resizing, whatever is screenshotted will be pasted. Nothing more, nothing less.

#2. Method 2

This only works if you are running windows 10 or windows 11, nothing below those OS (Operating System) versions.

Easily have whatever you want to take a screenshot of on your screen just press Shift + Windows + S on your keyboard and it will dim your screen by a small bit and there would be tabs that would appear on the top of the screen. Freeform, rectangular, window mode, and fullscreen. As those individual button’s names suggest, rectangular means you can highlight whatever part of the screen you want to take a screenshot of in a rectangular manner. While the freeform does the same as rectangular, a quick drag and drop of whatever part of the screen but in whatever shape you may think of. In the window mode, as the name suggests, you can pick a floating window of what you want to take a screenshot of. Lastly, the fullscreen mode; just takes a screenshot of all of your monitor’s screens combined.

Q-1 How To Take Screenshots On Dell Laptop?

Ans- Use the print screen button to take screenshots. You can do this with the help of paint and adobe photoshop/illustrator or gimp.

Q-2 How can we take screenshots with social media messaging platforms?

Ans-All you have to do is open your chat window or photo window on the selected platform and press control + V, your clipboard will paste it there, albeit it would not have any extra editing feature such as crop or resizing, whatever is screenshotted will be pasted

Mary Julcel
Mary Julcel
Mary is a technical writer from a lovely town in the Philippines who loves technology. She enjoys explaining complex stories in a simple way.

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