How To Take A Screenshot On An ASUS Laptop?
Take screenshots using free tools and add-ons for your ASUS Laptop
Most of the newer ASUS Laptops are running on a Microsoft Operating System. That means they mostly will run Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. This makes making screenshots relatively simple, because the basic mechanism of how to take them is pretty similar over all the different Windows versions.
The newer Windows versions from Windows 10 and up also offer the possibility to create screenshots with on-board tools, that already come with the Windows Suite. Although there are many additional tools on the market, which are also available free of charge, it is in most cases sufficient to work with the in-house functions of Windows 10 on your ASUS Laptop. As most new bought ASUS Laptops are running Microsoft’s Windows 10 Operating System taking screenshots becomes very easy. Where you had to download and install certain programs or add-ons a couple years ago you can now use the Windows-included tools for taking screenshots on your ASUS Laptop.
The newest ASUS Laptops have quite a simple mechanic for taking screenshots. Newest ASUS Laptop Models include the following:
- ZenBook Series
- ZenBook Pro Series
- ZenBook S Series
- ZenBook Classic Series
- VivoBook Series
- VivoBook Pro Series
- VivoBook S Series
- VivoBook Classic Series
- StudioBook Series
- ASUS Laptop Series
- Chromebook Series
- Commercial Series
- Gaming Series
- FX / ZX Series
- ASUS TUF Gaming Series
This guide on how to take a screenshot on an ASUS Laptop is applicable to all these models and older if they are running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
Free external tools to create screenshots on an ASUS Laptop
Most people taking screenshots only want to keep a certain part of information on their screen and not an image of the whole screen. Therefore most screenshots get edited after they were taken. If you want to take a screenshot on your ASUS Notebook or Laptop you can also use external third party tools and ad-ons.
Free tools to create screenshots on an ASUS Laptop are for example “Greenshot” and “PicPick”. Both tools have the advantage that they can more easily take screenshots of individual areas in your screen or maybe of certain opened windows like a browser for example. In addition, you can use these tools to edit the screenshots immediately and save them afterwards. Editing functions of these third party programs often include inserting arrows (to make things more clear), cropping the screenshot, or text editing inside the screenshot, to explain the information in it more precise. After editing them you can easily save the image to your harddrive.
How To Take A Screenshot On ASUS Laptop With Hotkeys On Keyboard
How to take screenshot on a single screen?
In order to take a screenshot on a single screen, eg. only your laptop, which is not connected to any external secondary screens you have to follow these steps:
- Press the [Windows] and [Print] keys on your keyboard.
- You will find a folder named “Screenshots” in your image folder. In this folder all the screenshots you have taken will be saved and located until you move them somewhere else.
- Alternatively, you can chose to just press the [Print] key without pressing the [Windows] key. This has the effect, that the screenshot won’t be saved in the ‘Screenshot’ folder, but is then saved in your clipboard.
- You can now open an image program like Paint and insert the screenshot with [STR] + [V] if you want to save the screenshot as an image and additionaly edit the image file.
How to take screenshot on multiple screens connected with ASUS Laptop?
The key combination [Windows] + [Print] creates a screenshot of all screens connected to the Laptop, Notebook, or Desktop Computer in Windows 10, i.e. when using multiple monitors, the tool creates a screenshot of the desktops of all monitors to a file and to the clipboard. You can paste the screenshot into any compatible program. Either use the Edit menu and “Paste” or the key combination CTRL+V to insert the image in a suitable program, like Paint or Adobe PhotoShop. In addition, this screenshot will also be saved as a file in the user profile ‘C:\User \\Pictures‘ or ‘C:\User \\Pictures\Screenshots‘ in PNG format.
Advanced possibilities of taking a screenshot on ASUS Laptop
If you only press the [Print] key, no file is created and saved in your user directory. The screenshot gets inserted into your clipboard as an image file, where you can access it. In order to access the image or screenshot you can paste it again with CTRL+V into a graphics program like Microsoft Paint, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Adobe’s PhotoShop.
By pressing the Print key you can quickly create a screenshot of the entire screen content. However, maybe you only want to capture information of only one window, like your browser or out of another program or application. In order to take a screenshot of the only active window, use the key combination [Alt+Print]. The screenshot is not saved as a file, but to the clipboard. Here you can paste it back into another program in order to edit, crop, and save it.
Editing And Cutting Screenshots With Toolbar In ASUS Laptop
If you use the Windows on-board snipping tool, you can take a screenshot and edit it immediately afterwards. The Snipping Tool, which is the quickest app to access from the Start menu in Windows, helps you create and edit screenshots. By dragging with the mouse, you can copy an area of the desktop to the clipboard and save it directly as an image file. This feature is more efficient than pressing the Print button and copying an entire window, which you then have to save or insert somewhere and then edit, crop and save manually, which is very time consuming and time inefficient. With the Snipping Tool you can select specific areas and edit, save or send the image directly by e-mail in one click.
When you start creating a screenshot in the tool, the desktop will fade behind a grey overlay and you can use the mouse to draw a frame around the areas you want to create a screenshot of. You can create a new screenshot by clicking New. The small arrow next to Mode allows you to specify how you want to take the screenshot. There are several options available to you:
- Free Cut: If you activate this menu item, you can select a free area with the mouse. The mouse does not draw a rectangle, but behaves like a pair of scissors.
- Rectangular Cut: This function is active by default when you start the tool for the first time. If you start the tool again, the cut function will remain active. You draw a frame around the part of the desktop you want to capture. The cut area has a rectangular shape and is well suited for most screenshots you want to take.
- Cut window: When you move the mouse over a window, the tool automatically selects the entire window. This function is similar to the key combination Alt+Print. Wether you want to use the Snipping Tool or the manual way by using the Hotkey combination is up to your personal preference. But in this case the Hotkey method is actually superior, as you want to take a screenshot of an active window. That means you don’t need any cropping or much editing afterwards. The key combination is just a lot faster than opening the Snipping Tool, setting the right mode and then taking the screenshot.
- Cut full screen: This function creates a screenshot of the entire desktop, just like the Print key. If you want a screenshot of the whole screen, the Key combination is actually superior as it is way faster and therefore more time-efficient.
The tool’s default settings are set via the Options button. If you activate Hide instruction text, the tool will no longer display a note on how to take a screenshot. This is useful, for example, for users who create serial screenshots and already know how the tool is working.
Using Browser Add-Ons To Edit Screenshots Without Paint
If you mostly take screenshots in your internet browser there might actually better tools for you that you can use in-browser as an extension or add-on. However you have to know which is the right extension or tool for your specific browser. Most ASUS Laptop users use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as a default web-browser. Depending on which browser you are using following information is important for using these extensions:
- For Google Chrome: Awesome Screenshot or FireShot
- For Mozilla Firefox: Aweseome Screenshot Plus or FireShot
- Installing the add-ons is pretty easy: Depending on the browser you are using, all you have to do is click the “Add” button.
- You will then find the corresponding tool in the top right-hand corner of your bar. Click on the add-on and select the area you want to photograph.
- These tools have the advantage that they take a picture of your screen where you can’t see content like your search bar and open tabs.
- A new tab will open where you can edit your screenshot. Alternatively, you can use any other image editing program once you have saved your screenshot on your device.