HP has been selling their Pavilion brand of desktop and laptop computers since 1995. These are computers aimed chiefly at the home market and there are more than 50 models that have been sold over the years. Fortunately, the procedures for taking a screenshot are the same for all of them, as they are for virtually all computers being sold these days. Once you have your screenshot, there are some useful tools for editing or enhancing your image.
A screenshot is just what it sounds like: a snapshot of what you see on your computer screen. You can save a screenshot as an image file. Screenshots are an effective way of storing information for later reference. You can also use the image to communicate exactly what you are seeing to someone else, such as showing a help-desk worker what your problem is, or capturing a humorous photo to send in an email or share on social media.
Keyboard Screen Shots
Your HP Pavilion computer has a key dedicated to the print screen function. It is typically on the top row of function keys and is labeled PrtSc, Prt Scrn, or a similar variation. Taking a screen shot on your HP Pavilion is as simple as pressing the print screen key. The image of what you see on your screen is immediately copied and stored in your clipboard.
Retrieving a Screen Shot
Retrieve your screen shot by pressing Ctrl+V (that is, pressing the Ctrl and the V key at the same time). This will paste the screen shot into any program that can accept images, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and many email programs.
Editing a Screen Shot
If you want to crop your screen shot or adjust the image quality, you can do this with the Snipping Tool or in the Paint program, both of which come loaded on your HP Pavilion, or with any one of a number of image editing tools such as Irfanview or JPEGView or with full-fledged image editing tools like PhotoShop.
Screen Shot Software
Alternatively, you can download software or browser extensions specifically designed to take, edit and manage screen shots. They typically have names like Awesome Screenshot or Fireshot, can be used in lieu of the Prt Scrn key and offer a host of useful features. You can also use the Snipping Tool to capture all or part of a screen.
Some screen shot programs allow you to take a scrolling screen shot, so you can capture content that extends past the bottom of your screen. This is known as a full page screen shot.
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