Taking A Screenshot On Toshiba Laptops (11 Free Methods)

Screenshot on Toshiba Laptop

Taking screenshots is pretty easy on Toshiba laptops once you get the hang of it whether you’re using Toshiba Satellite, Tecra, Protege, Satellite Pro, or any other model. There are different methods that you can choose from and then use the one that suits your specific needs. Let’s begin!

How To Take Screenshot on Toshiba Laptop (Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and 7)

Most Toshiba or Dynabook laptops run on Windows. You can use these free methods on Windows to capture screenshots:

  1. The PrtScn Shortcut Key
  2. Snipping Tool
  3. Snip & Sketch
  4. Xbox Game Bar
  5. Third-Party Screenshot Applications

1. The PrtScn Shortcut Key Technique

The Print Screen shortcut key is on most computers and laptops that support Windows and it’s been there for ages. The abbreviation of Print Screen is done differently by different brands so you may see PrtScn, PrntScr, PrtSc, or anything similar on your keyboard.

On Toshiba laptops, you’ll mostly see the End/PrtSc key. On some models, the PrtSc key will be shared with the SysRq key. This means one key serves two purposes.

The instructions for using the Print Screen key vary depending on the Windows version you’re using.

1.1 Using the Print Screen Key to Take a Screenshot on Windows 7

  • Keep the window you want to capture in the front.
  • On your keyboard, press the Windows logo + PrtSc keys together or press the Fn + PrtSc keys at once. You might not see anything happening on the screen after pressing the keys, but mostly, the screenshot of the entire screen is taken and copied to the clipboard.
  • If you want to capture a screenshot of an active window only, press the ALT + PrtSc keys.
  • Open Microsoft Paint by clicking the Start menu, typing ‘paint’, and opening the application.
  • When Paint opens, press the CTRL + V keys to paste the captured image on Paint.
CTRL + V keys to paste
  • If the screenshot doesn’t paste on Paint, go back to the screen and press the mentioned shortcut keys again. This time, you should also use the Fn + Windows logo + PrtSc keys together.
  • After pasting the image, edit it if you like, and then click ‘File’ from the menu bar and select ‘Save’.
  • Select the location, name of the image, and the format and click ‘Save’. The default format is PNG. You can change it to JPG as well.

1.2 Using the Print Screen Key on Windows 8.1, 10, and 11

From Windows 8.1, the images captured through the Print Screen key are saved directly to a folder. So, you no longer need to open Paint and paste the image on it to save the screenshot.

  • Press the Windows logo key + PrtSc key at once or the Fn key + PrtSc key together to take a screenshot of the whole screen.
  • For taking a screenshot of an active window, press the ALT + PrtSc keys.
  • The screenshot will be taken and saved to This PC > Pictures > Screenshots.
Print Screen Key
  • Navigate to the folder to access the image.
  • To edit it, open it with Paint 3D or any third-party Photoshop app.

1.3 Use the On-Screen Display Keyboard to Press the Print Screen Key

If your Toshiba laptop’s Print Screen button isn’t working, you can use the on-screen keyboard to press the shortcut keys and take a screenshot. You can also use other methods in this guide if you don’t like bringing up the on-screen keyboard every time for a screenshot.

  • Click the Start Menu, type ‘onscreen keyboard‘, and open the app.
  • Click the shortcut keys on the keyboard to take a screenshot.
On-Screen Display Keyboard

Is the Print Screen Method Good?

Using the Print Screen key is a quick method of taking screenshots. Moreover, you have the liberty to take screenshots of full-screen programs like games and videos.

Simply press the shortcut keys and the screenshot will be taken (you may have to paste it to Paint to save it on Windows 7). On Windows 8.1, 10, and 11, you can use this method if you want to take multiple screenshots quickly.

Taking screenshots of menus and lists is a hassle because they disappear as you try to screenshot them. With Print Screen, you can screenshot them easily.

On the flip side, you can love the Print Screen key all you want, but it won’t let you select a specific area of the desktop to be captured. Moreover, you also don’t get an option for choosing the location and name of the screenshot. The next 2 Methods are excellent if you want these flaws to be covered with some trade-off (in some cases).

2. Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool is pre-installed on Windows 7 to 11. However, its progression is a bit confusing.

  • It’s the only screenshot capturing app on Windows 7.
  • On Windows 8.1 and 10, Snipping Tool was there but Microsoft also introduced a better app, Snip & Sketch.
  • Then for Windows 11, Microsoft merged Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch. Whichever of these apps you launch on Windows 11, the updated Snipping Tool app will open.

In this section, we’ll discuss the Snipping Tool app for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 because the Snipping Tool app for Windows 11 works very similarly to Snip & Sketch. So, it’ll be covered in the Snip & Sketch section.

  • Click the Start menu, type ‘snipping tool,’ and launch the first app.
  • You’ll see a small app with a few options.
  • Click the ‘Mode’ button and select ‘Rectangular Snip’ if you want to choose any area of the screen to be captured in any rectangular shape.
Snipping Tool
  • If you’re looking to capture something that isn’t a rectangle or square, you can go to ‘Mode’ and choose ‘Free-form Snip’. You can drag your mouse cursor in any shape.
  • To take a snapshot of an active window, choose Mode > Windows Snip.
  • For taking a screenshot of your entire screen, choose ‘Full-screen Snip’ from ‘Mode’.
  • For demonstration, we’ll use the ‘Rectangular Snip’ mode.
  • Click ‘New’ on the Snipping Tool panel.
New
  • Your screen will be grayed which means you can take a screenshot of the screen now.
  • Click, hold, and drag the mouse pointer to take a screenshot of a portion of the screen.
  • The screenshot will open automatically in Snipping Tool.
Pen
  • You have a few editing options to make edits and annotations quicker. You can use Pen, Highlighter, and Eraser from the Toolbar. For further edits, open the image with Paint 3D.
Edit Tools
  • For saving the screenshot, press the floppy disk icon or press the CTRL + S keys.
Save
  • On the new window, select where to save the snapshot, its name, and format. If you’re unsure about the format, leave it as it is and click ‘Save’.
  • If you want to take a screenshot with Snipping Tool and share it instantly, you can. Simply, take the screenshot and then open the chat where you want to send it and press CTRL + V. The screenshot will be pasted.

Snipping Tool lets you select the area of the screen you want to capture. This is the biggest benefit of using this tool. Moreover, you can also save the screenshot to your desired folder, name it as you like, and select any format you want. Plus, the snips are copied to your clipboard instantly and you can also edit the screenshot before saving it.

The version of Snipping Tool on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 isn’t flawless unlike its updated version on Windows 11. You can’t take screenshots when in full-screen so snaps during games and full-screen videos aren’t possible with it.

Also, it fails to take screenshots of menus and lists (such as drop-down menus) because these menus disappear when you try to open the Snipping Tool for taking a screenshot. To address these issues, use:

  • The Print Screen method on Windows 7
  • Snip & Sketch on Windows 8.1 and 10
  • Snipping Tool/Snip & Sketch on Windows 11

3. Snip & Sketch

Snip & Sketch improves on the issues of Snipping Tool and is available as a free, built-in app on Windows 8.1, 10, and 11. On Windows 11, it’s also called Snipping Tool.

Here’s how to use Snip & Sketch on your Toshiba PC and why it’s the best method for taking screenshots.

  • Open the Start menu, type ‘Snip & Sketch’, and launch the first app.
  • Click ‘New’. 
  • Your screen freezes and a dark overlay appears with a few options at the top-center of the screen.
Rectangular Snip
  • You can also quickly open Snip & Sketch by pressing the Windows logo + SHIFT + S keys together.
  • Once you get the dark overlay screen, you can quickly take a screenshot by selecting the portion of the screen you want to capture.
  • There are four modes of selecting the screen for a snapshot.
  • The default mode is Rectangular Snip. With it, take screenshots of anything in variations of a rectangle.
  • The second mode is Freeform Snip. Select a portion of the screen in any shape with this mode.
  • Then, you have Windows Snip. It takes screenshots of the window you select.
  • Lastly, the Fullscreen Snip mode enables you to capture a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • For Rectangular Snip and Freeform Snip, you need to click and drag the mouse crosshair cursor to select the area of the desktop to take a screenshot. Whereas for Windows Snip, you only need to click the window. Furthermore, you don’t need to select anything if you choose Fullscreen Snip. The screenshot is taken when you select this mode.
  • Once the screenshot is captured, you get a notification that it’s been taken. You can open it instantly by clicking it or later by going to the Notification Center.
Snip
  • For quick sharing, the image is copied to your clipboard, so you can go ahead and paste it to any document or chat. 
  • Once you click the notification, the screenshot opens in Snip & Sketch where you have some options for editing, saving, and sharing in the toolbar.
  • In the editing options, use the pen, pencil, highlighter, eraser, ruler, and resize tools.
Edit Tools
  • After editing and annotating, click the Save Snip button (floppy disk icon) to save.
Save
  • For sharing, you can either click the arrow button to share or click the two pages button (copy button) to copy the image and paste it wherever you want. The latter is easier.
Share

Snip & Sketch is a perfect and easy screenshot-taking tool on Windows 8.1 and onward. Why does it work? Because of these reasons:

  • You can select the portion of the screen to capture.
  • It lets you save the screenshot wherever you want. You can also select its name and format if you like.
  • As you take a screenshot with it, it instantly copies the snapshot to your clipboard. So, you can take the liberty to share the screenshot even before saving it.
  • The biggest win of this app is that capturing the screenshots of tricky menus and lists is super easy with it. Some menus and lists disappear when you click elsewhere. With Snip & Sketch, you can bring up the menu, press the shortcut keys (Windows key + SHIFT + S) to freeze the screen, and take a screenshot.
  • It can also take screenshots when you’re in a full-screen mode such as playing a game or watching a full-screen video.

4. Xbox Game Bar

For gamers, Windows 10 and above have a unique screenshot-taking and screen capturing (recording) app called Xbox Game Bar. It works as an overlay on your screen in the form of widgets. You can select different options from the widgets. One of them is taking a screenshot.

  • To check if Game Bar is enabled, go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar.
  • For opening Game Bar, click the Start menu, type 'game bar‘, and open ‘Xbox Game Bar‘.
  • When it opens, you’ll see a few widgets. If only one widget is visible at the top-center of the screen, click the camera icon.
  • A widget on the left would appear. Click the camera button on that widget to capture a screenshot.
Capture
  • Screenshots are saved to This PC > Videos > Captures.

A faster method to take screenshots from Game Bar is by using its shortcut key. It works identical to the Print Screen method. For Game Bar to take a screenshot, press the Windows logo + ALT + PrtSc keys on your Toshiba laptop. 

The issues of Game Bar are also similar to the Print Screen method. You can’t select an area of the screen for taking a screenshot. Moreover, you can’t decide the location, name, and format of the image. You also don’t get any option to edit the screenshot before saving.

5. Third-Party Screenshot Applications

If your preferred method of taking screenshots has some limitations and the other methods in the above list aren’t available for you, find more apps online.

5.1 Search for Apps on the Web

  • Open your web browser and visit Google.
  • Search ‘free screenshot apps’.
  • Browse the lists and install applications that look good to you.
  • Test them to find the best one.
  • Uninstall all others.

5.2 Find Screenshot Apps on Microsoft Store

  • Open Microsoft Store.
  • On the search box, type ‘screenshot‘ and hit enter.
Microsoft Store
  • Find free apps and install them to test them.
  • Keep the best one and uninstall others.

Moreover, you can install Android apps on Windows 11. So, you can search for Android screenshot apps as well. But you should stay with the above two options for installing apps.

How To Capture Screenshots on Toshiba Tablets?

  1. Use Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch
  2. Physical Buttons
  3. Install Apps from the Web or Microsoft Store

1. Use Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch

Windows tablets can use Snipping Tool and Snip & Sketch to take screenshots.

  • Open the Start menu, type the name of the app and open it.
  • Tap ‘New’.
  • Take a screenshot.

2. Physical Buttons

This feature is on any tablet and smartphone you use. So, if you’re using a Toshiba tablet (Windows or Android), this method would work:

  • Bring up the screen to be captured.
  • Press the Power button + Volume Down button at once to instantly capture a screenshot.
  • To find the screenshot, go to the Pictures folder (This PC > Pictures) on Windows. For Android, go to your Gallery.

3. Install Apps from the Web or Microsoft Store

Just like Windows laptops and desktops, you can install third-party applications from the web or Microsoft Store on your Windows tablet. 

  • To install applications from the web, open your browser and visit Google.
  • Search for ‘free screenshot tools’.

For Microsoft Store:

  • Open Microsoft Store.
  • Search ‘screenshot’.
  • Choose apps that have written ‘Free’ under them.

How To Take a Screenshot on Toshiba Chromebooks?

Toshiba also made Chromebooks and if you happen to be using one, use these techniques to capture a screenshot.

  1. Using the Screen Capture Tool 
  2. Take a Screenshot of Your Entire Screen
  3. Change the Default Location of Screenshots

1. Using the Screen Capture Tool 

On Chrome OS, you have Screen Capture, a free and pre-installed tool for capturing screenshots. 

  • To open Screen Capture, you have two options: Open it from the Quick Settings menu or use the keyboard shortcut keys.
  • For launching Screen Capture from Quick Settings, click Time at the bottom-right of the screen and select ‘Screen Capture’.
  • But a faster method to open the tool is by pressing the CTRL + SHIFT + Show windows keys together.
  • You’ll see the toolbar visible at the bottom center of the screen.
Screen Capture Tool
  • Click the camera icon to take a screenshot and the video icon for screen recording.
  • There are three modes of taking screenshots. You can take a screenshot of the entire screen, a portion of the screen in a rectangular shape, or a screenshot of an active window.
  • We’ll choose the rectangular screenshot mode.
  • After selection, the screen will be frozen so you can capture a snapshot.
  • Click, hold, and drag the cursor to take a screenshot.
  • You’ll see a notification that the screenshot has been taken.
  • You can access the screenshot by going to the Downloads folder.

2. Take a Screenshot of Your Entire Screen

If you want a way to instantly take a screenshot of your whole screen, you have a shortcut for it as well.

  • When on the screen you want to capture, press the CTRL + Show windows keys at once.
  • The screenshot will be saved in the Downloads folder.

3. Change the Default Location of Screenshots

By default, the screenshots taken are saved to the Downloads folder. If you want to change it, follow these steps:

  • Go to Quick Settings and select ‘Screen Capture’.
  • When it opens, click the cogwheel icon and choose ‘Select folder’.

Conclusion

On Toshiba & Dynabook laptops and tablets powered by Windows, take screenshots by using Print Screen, Snipping Tool, and Snip & Sketch. For Toshiba Chromebooks, use the Screen Capture tool.

FAQs

Where Is The PrtScn Button On A Toshiba Laptop?

The PrtScn button is usually in the top row of the keyboard on Toshiba laptops. It will be a shared key. So, you may see an End/PrtScn or PrtScn/SysRq key on your laptop’s keyboard.

How Do You Screenshot On Laptops?

On Windows laptops, you can use Snipping Tool or Snip & Sketch to take screenshots.
– Open the Start menu, type ‘snipping tool‘ or ‘snip & sketch‘, and click the app.
– Select ‘New’.
– Take a screenshot by dragging your mouse cursor to select a portion of the screen.

How Do I Print The Screen And Paste It On A Toshiba Laptop?

On a Toshiba laptop, press the Windows logo + PrtScn keys together or the Fn + PrtScn keys at once to take a screenshot of the entire screen. After taking the snap, you can open Paint or any chat or document and then press the CTRL + V keys to paste the screenshot there.

What Buttons Do I Press For Screenshots?

Press these buttons to take a screenshot:
– On Windows, press the Windows logo + PrtScn keys or the Fn + PrtScn keys together.
– Windows users can also press the Windows logo + SHIFT + S keys to take a screenshot.
– On Chromebooks, press CTRL + SHIFT + Show windows keys.
– For Mac, Press SHIFT + Command + 4 at once.