How to Take a Screenshot on Lenovo Laptop and ThinkPad
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How to Take a Screenshot on Lenovo Laptop and ThinkPad

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Taking a screenshot on Lenovo laptop can be useful for saving or sharing information more clearly without the need to explain the details. Whether you are documenting a transaction, preserving a memorable moment, or sharing an error message with tech support, mastering the basic techniques of taking screenshots with your Lenovo laptop or ThinkPad opens a world full of possibilities.


If you are a Lenovo laptop user looking for ways to take a screenshot with your device, you are at the right place! This article offers a step-by-step guide on different approaches to taking a screenshot with Lenovo laptop or ThinkPad using keyboard Shortcuts, Screenpixel, or Snipping Tool. Simply read and select the most preferred method for you.

1. Using Third-Party Apps (Screenpixel)


If you are looking to take a screenshot with a third-party app for whatever reason, the best approach is to do it from Screenpixel. It is an easy-to-use snipping tool software that allows you to take a screenshot and record the screen on your Lenovo Laptop in one click.


Here is how to use Screenpixel for screenshotting:

  • Step 1. Download and install Screenpixel on your device.

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  • Step 2. Open and run the snipping tool app in the background.

  • Step 3. Simultaneously press the two mouse buttons to activate the software and quickly take a screenshot.

  • Step 4. You will instantly get a link to the file that is already copied on the clipboard. Press the link to view or share the screenshot.

2. Using Keyboard Shortcuts


Keyboard shortcuts offer one of the quickest and easiest methods to take a screenshot on your Lenovo laptop and ThinkPad. This approach allows you to use the keyboard shortcut to either screenshot the whole screen or an active window.


Here is how to use keyboard shortcuts:

a) Capture the entire screen


The whole screen on your Lenovo laptop can be captured using keyboard shortcuts in two different key combinations.

Using the Print Screen key

  • Hit the Print Screen key, commonly labeled as PrtScn on your keyboard. This will capture the entire screen of your Lenovo laptop.

Print Screen key on Lenovo laptop
Print Screen key on Lenovo Thinkpad
  • The screenshot is saved to a clipboard, which can be further pasted into any document.

Using Windows + Print Screen keys

  • Simultaneously press the Windows and Print Screen keys on the keyboard to capture the entire screen of your Lenovo laptop or ThinkPad.

Windows and Print Screen Keys on the Lenovo Keyboard
  • The screenshot will automatically be saved in the Screenshots folder of your Pictures library.

b) Capture an active window


Use the following simple steps to screenshot an active window on your Lenovo laptop and ThinkPad.

  • Click anywhere in an open window that you intend to capture, making it active.

  • Simultaneously hit the Alt and Print Screen keys on your Lenovo laptop to take a screenshot of the active window.

  • The screenshot is saved to the clipboard, allowing you to paint it into a document by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl and V keys, or save it to your Lenovo laptop by pressing Ctrl and S keys at the same time.

3. Using the Snipping Tool


The Snipping Tool is a screenshot built-in feature of Windows 7 and its subsequent versions, supporting customization and writing notes on your screenshot before saving or sharing it.


Follow the simple steps below to take a screenshot on your Lenovo laptop and ThinkPad using the Snipping Tool:

  • Step 1. Move to the screen you intend to screenshot.

  • Step 2. Click the Start button, then in the search bar type Snipping Tool, and hit Enter to open the app.

Snipping Tool on Lenovo laptop
  • Step 3. Hit the New button at the top-left corner of the Snipping Tool window.

  • Step 4. Use the mouse cursor to drag and draw a grayed out rectangular area of the specific part of your screen you want to screenshot. Alternatively, you can click the drop-down arrow next to the New button of the Snipping Tool to select the mode (Rectangular, Freeform, Window, or Fullscreen) from the menu.

Snipping Tool Modes on Lenovo Laptop/Thinkpad
  • Step 5. Your screenshot will be copied to the Snipping Tool window for editing and saving.

  • Step 6. Use window tools (pen, eraser, highlighter, or cropping) to edit the image based on your preferred size, color, or style.

  • Step 7. Hit the File button and select Save As to store the screenshot at your desired location of your Lenovo laptop and ThinkPad.


  • How do I take a screenshot on Lenovo Laptop and ThinkPad?
    To take a screenshot on Lenovo laptop and ThinkPad, you need to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to either capture the entire screen (Print Screen or Windows + Print Screen) or active window (Alt and Print Screen). Note that the PrtScn button may be located at the top-right side or bottom-right side of your Lenovo laptop. You can also use build-in tools (such as the Snipping Tool) and third-party apps (such as Screenpixel).
  • Which folder contains my screenshots in Lenovo Laptop?
    When you take a screenshot on your Lenovo laptop, it is saved to the Screenshots folder in the Pictures library. Essentially, screenshots in Lenovo laptop can be saved in your desired location when you press the File button and select Save As.
  • Can I take a screenshot using just the mouse?
    Yes. Snipping tool apps are designed with familiar features that allows you to quickly take a screenshot by clicking the two mouse buttons. Using a mouse is easier and more convenient because there is no need to memorize the keyboard shortcut combinations to capture a screen.

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