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How To Screenshot On Dell


How To Screenshot On Dell

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How To Screenshot On Dell

How to Screenshot on Dell: A Comprehensive Guide


Screenshots are an indispensable tool for capturing and preserving information on your computer screen. Whether you need to document a technical issue, share a visual with a colleague, or simply save an important webpage, knowing how to take a screenshot is essential. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide on how to screenshot on Dell computers, catering to both Windows and macOS users.

Method 1: Using the PrtScn (Print Screen) Key

This method is the most straightforward and widely applicable way to screenshot on Dell computers.

  • Windows: To capture the entire screen, press the "PrtScn" key located on the top row of your keyboard. This will copy the screenshot to your clipboard. To save the screenshot as an image file, open any image editing software like Microsoft Paint or GIMP and paste the screenshot (Ctrl+V). You can then save it in the desired file format.

  • macOS: To capture the entire screen on a Mac, press "Command (⌘) + Shift + 3". The screenshot will be saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

Method 2: Using the Snipping Tool (Windows Only)

The Snipping Tool offers more flexibility and options for taking screenshots on Dell Windows computers.

  1. Open the Snipping Tool: Go to "Start" and search for "Snipping Tool". Click on the "Snipping Tool" icon to launch the application.

  2. Select a Capture Mode: The Snipping Tool provides four capture modes:

    • Free-form Snip: Capture any irregular-shaped area on the screen.
    • Rectangular Snip: Capture a rectangular area of the screen.
    • Window Snip: Capture a specific open window.
    • Full-screen Snip: Capture the entire screen.
  3. Capture the Screenshot: Once you have selected a capture mode, click the "New" button to start the snip. Use your mouse to select the desired area of the screen.

  4. Edit and Save the Screenshot: The screenshot will be saved to your clipboard and a preview will appear in the Snipping Tool window. You can click on the "Edit" button to crop, annotate, or add text to the screenshot. When you are satisfied with the results, click the "Save" button to save the screenshot as an image file.

Method 3: Using the Screenshot Feature (macOS Only)

MacOS has a built-in screenshot feature that allows you to capture screenshots with ease.

  • Capture the Entire Screen: Press "Command (⌘) + Shift + 3" to capture a screenshot of the entire screen.

  • Capture a Portion of the Screen: Press "Command (⌘) + Shift + 4" to capture a screenshot of a selected portion of the screen. Use your mouse to drag a rectangle over the desired area.

  • Capture a Window: Press "Command (⌘) + Shift + 4" and then press "Space" to capture a screenshot of a specific window. Click on the window you want to capture.

  • Save the Screenshot: By default, screenshots taken on macOS are saved as PNG files on your desktop. You can also choose to save the screenshot to a specific location by holding down the "Control" key while taking the screenshot.

Additional Features for Dell Screenshots

In addition to the basic screenshot methods described above, Dell computers offer some additional features to enhance your screenshot experience.

  • Dell SupportAssist: Dell SupportAssist is a pre-installed utility that includes a screenshot tool. You can access this tool by launching Dell SupportAssist and clicking on the "Utilities" tab. The screenshot tool allows you to capture full-screen or partial screenshots and save them as PNG files.

  • Dell Optimizer for Precision: Dell Optimizer for Precision is a performance optimization software for Dell Precision workstations. Among its many features, it includes a screenshot tool that allows you to capture full-screen or partial screenshots and annotate them with text, drawings, or shapes.

  • Alienware Command Center: Alienware Command Center is a software suite designed for Alienware gaming laptops and desktops. It includes a screenshot tool that allows you to capture full-screen or partial screenshots and share them directly to social media or cloud storage.


1. How do I screenshot a specific window or application on Windows?

  • Method 1 (Using the Snipping Tool): Select the "Window Snip" capture mode and click on the window you want to capture.
  • Method 2 (Using the PrtScn Key): Press "Alt + PrtScn" to capture only the active window.

2. How do I screenshot on a Dell laptop without a Print Screen key?

  • Use the Snipping Tool (Windows only).
  • Use the Screenshot feature (macOS only).
  • Use a third-party screenshot utility.

3. How do I change the default screenshot format on Windows?

  • Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ImageAcquisition.
  • Create a new DWORD value named "ScreenshotFormat" and set its value to 2 (PNG) or 3 (JPEG).

4. How do I enable the screenshot preview on macOS?

  • Go to "System Preferences" > "Screenshot".
  • Check the box for "Show screenshot preview".

5. How do I capture a scrolling screenshot on Dell?

  • Windows: Use third-party screenshot utilities like Snagit or FullPage Screenshot.
  • macOS: Use the "Capture Entire Screen" option in the Screenshot app and hold down the "Shift" key while taking the screenshot.