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Need to grab a screenshot? Once you find where the Print Screen key is on your Dell laptop or desktop, taking screenshots is as easy as pressing that key. We’ll show you how to find that key and use it to capture screenshots.

Find the Print Screen Key on Your Dell Keyboard

On your Dell computer running Windows 10, you don’t need to use a special utility to take screenshots. You can use Windows 10’s built-in screenshot options to capture your screen. This means pressing the Print Screen key on your keyboard.

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On your Dell laptop or desktop, you will find this Print Screen key at the top-right corner of the keyboard (next to the Function keys.)

Print Screen key on a Dell laptop.

If it’s not there, take a look at the Function keys and you might just find the key there. It’s usually on the F10 key. In the case that you don’t see the key on your keyboard at all, use the Alt+Insert key combination instead.

Know that Dell uses various labels for the Print Screen key. It might be labeled as PrintScreen, PrntScrn, PrntScr, PrtScn, PrtScr, PrtSc, or similar on your keyboard.

Take the Screenshot on Your Dell Laptop or Desktop

Now that you have found the Print Screen key on your Dell computer, you can use it to start taking screenshots.

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Here’s how to capture screenshots using various ways.

Take a Screenshot and Save It to Clipboard

To take your entire screen’s screenshot and save it to your clipboard, all you need to do is just press one key on your keyboard.

First, access the screen you want to screenshot. While you are on that screen, press the Print Screen key once on your keyboard. This captures a screenshot of your entire screen and saves it to your clipboard.

To view it, open an image editor like Paint and press Ctrl+V to paste your screenshot.

A full-screen image pasted in Paint on a Dell laptop.

And that’s all. Make sure you save your screenshot before closing the image editor (Paint) app.

Capture a Screenshot and Save It as a PNG File

To take a screenshot and save it directly as a PNG image file on your Dell computer, use an additional key with the Print Screen button.

First, open the screen you want to screenshot. On your keyboard, press the Windows+Print Screen keys at the same time. This captures your screen’s screenshot and saves it as a PNG file.

This PNG file is located at the following path on your PC. In the path below, replace USERNAME with your own username. You can change the default screenshot save folder on your PC, if you want.


A PNG image in a folder on a Dell laptop.

And that’s how you neatly gather all your screenshots in a single folder.

Capture a Screenshot of a Specific Window

Windows 10 makes it possible to take a screenshot of a specific window on your PC, leaving the background out of the image.

To do that, first, open the window that you want to capture.

Open a window in Windows 10 on a Dell laptop.

On your keyboard, press the Alt+Print Screen key combination. This takes your current window’s screenshot and saves it to your clipboard.

To view your screenshot, launch an image editor like Paint and press Ctrl+V in it. You will see your screenshot.

A specific window's image in Paint on a Dell laptop.

And that’s how you make screen captures on your Dell machine. Very useful!

Did you know you can take a screenshot without using a keyboard on Windows 10?

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