Screenshots are essential for businesses today to document processes, share information visually, and troubleshoot tech issues efficiently. According to Insider Intelligence, 97% of internet users take screenshots for work, learning or sharing online.
On Asus laptops running Windows, you have multiple options to capture screens – from full monitor shots to selecting specific windows or regions. This guide will cover the various methods, with detailed steps and examples to help you master screenshot skills.
Using the Print Screen (PrtScn) Key
The Print Screen key is the quickest way to grab a full screenshot. Here‘s how to use it:
- Open the window or screen you want to capture.
- Press the PrtScn key, usually located near F12 and Scroll Lock keys. The screen will dim briefly when the screenshot is taken.
- Open Paint, Word or any image editor.
- Press Ctrl + V (or right click and select Paste) to insert the image.
- Crop the screenshot if required.
- Finally, save the file in PNG, JPG or other desired format.
- Taking a Print Screen capture alone will not save the file automatically – you need to paste it into an editing program and save it manually.
- On some Asus laptops, the PrtScn button may be replaced with Fn + Windows logo + Spacebar. Refer to your model‘s manual for the exact shortcut.
Snipping Tool for Selective Screenshots
The Snipping Tool allows capturing just a portion of your screen – perfect for tutorials, bug documentation etc.
On Windows 10 and 11
- Type Snipping Tool in the search box and open the app.
- Click New to start a new capture.
- Select one of the modes – free-form, rectangular, window or full-screen snip.
- Click and drag your mouse to select the area to screenshot.
- After snipping, you can draw, add text, save or share the image.
- For quick access, pin the Snipping Tool to your taskbar or Start Menu.
On older Windows versions
- Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.
- Follow steps 2-5 above to capture and annotate screenshots.
The Snipping Tool lets you grab exactly the content you need, instead of entire screens.
Keyboard Shortcut Methods
Windows offers shortcuts to capture screenshots and save them quickly:
- Windows key + PrtScn: Takes a full screenshot and saves to Pictures > Screenshots folder.
- Alt + PrtScn: Captures the active window only and copies to clipboard.
- Windows key + Shift + S: Opens snipping mode to select a custom area.
These combos help power users take fast screenshots without using the mouse.
Comparing Screenshot Software
Third-party tools provide additional capabilities lacking in default Windows offerings:
|Multi monitor support
- Snagit offers the most features but costs $50. Lightshot is free but lacks some advanced options. Greenshot is a nice midpoint with basic annotation and scrolling tools.
- Many paid tools offer free trials so you can test which works best for your workflow before purchasing.
How to Edit Screenshots
After taking a screenshot, you‘ll likely need to edit or enhance it:
- Crop to remove unnecessary sections and draw focus to the required area.
- Annotate with arrows, text etc. to highlight key information.
- Blur/erase sensitive content like usernames or passwords.
- Stitch together long scrolling screenshots into a single image.
- Combine multiple screenshots into one document using editing tools.
Some best practices for screenshot editing:
- Use Snagit, Lightshot or markup tools like the Photos app to annotate easily.
- Optimize images for size before sharing – under 2 MB is ideal.
- Double check for any confidential data that should be removed.
Sharing Screenshots Securely
Before distributing screenshots, take steps to maintain security:
- Remove identifying details like names, numbers or company data.
- Password protect screenshots being emailed externally.
- Use screenshot anonymization tools that auto-redact details.
- Encrypt screenshots being uploaded to cloud storage if they are confidential.
- Watermark images to maintain ownership of your work.
- Limit sharing to only essential recipients.
Taking a few moments to sanitize your screenshots will keep your and your company‘s data secure.
With the right tools and know-how, taking screenshots on your Asus laptop can be fast, easy and customized to your specific needs:
- Use PrtScn, Snipping Tool or advanced software to capture full screens, windows or selected areas effortlessly.
- Employ keyboard shortcuts to speed up screenshotting for frequent use.
- Edit images to focus attention on the required elements before distribution.
- Share screenshots securely after redacting any sensitive information.
Having robust screenshot abilities makes you more productive – from documentation to tutorials and tech support. Master these tips to boost your capabilities and utilize screenshots seamlessly in your workflows.