Learn How to Take a Screenshot on an MSI Laptop the Easiest Way

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How to Take a Screenshot on MSI Laptop

Learning how to take a screenshot on an MSI laptop is much easier than you might think. Whether you need to take a single-window capture or a screenshot of the whole screen this blog post will show you.

Everything from the free-to-use built-in tools for taking great screenshots to helpful third-party tools to use and software that will to further improve your ability to screen capture your best moments.

So, without further ado, let’s dive in.

How to Take a Screenshot on an MSI Laptop?

  1. Select the screen that you want to take screenshots of
  2. Now Press Windows + G at the same time to open the Xbox Gamebar
  3. Next, click the Camera Icon to take a screenshot on the MSI laptop
  4. You will find the screenshot located in the Captures folder

You can take a screenshot on an MSI laptop by pressing FN Key + PRTSC Key. The keyboard will dim slightly, and the screenshot is saved to the clipboard. You can then paste the screen capture into an app such as MS paint by pressing CTRL + V.

Use the Xbox Game bar For Screenshots
Use the Xbox Game Bar for Screenshotting

How to Take a Screenshot on MSI Laptop (Step by Step)

The screenshot methods above are the easiest methods to capture your screen. But they may not be suitable for everyone. So if you want to learn more then keep following my step-by-step guide.

Tip #1: Take a Screenshot with the Print Screen Key

The most common method for taking screenshots will be different, depending on whether your MSI laptop is running on Windows 10 or 11, in terms of which buttons do what. So, I have covered MSI laptops running both operating systems when using the print screen button to capture the screen.

Taking a Screenshot Using Windows 10
Windows 10

Print Screen Method Windows 10

To take a screenshot on an MSI laptop running Windows 10. First, press the FN +Print Screen button to capture your computer screen and save the screenshot to the clipboard. You can then open the paint tool or paste the screenshot into another app by pressing CTRL + V.

If you want to save the screenshot to a folder. First, press the Windows Key and then the PrtScrn key to take a screenshot of your current screen and save the screenshot to the screenshot folder.

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT OPTIONSTYPE OF SCREENSHOT
Press FN + PRTScn keysScreenshot of Active Windows
Press Windows key + Print ScreenScreenshot Saved to Clipboard
Press Windows Key + Shift + SScreenshot with Snipping Tool
Press Windows Key + GScreenshot with Xbox Game Bar
Taking a Screenshot Using Windows 10
Windows 11

Print Screen Method Windows 11

To take a screenshot with a Windows 11 MSI laptop. First, press the FN key + Print Screen to capture your current screen and save the screenshot to the clipboard. Then paste the screenshot into an application.

To save the screenshot to a folder in Windows Explorer. Press the FN key + Print Screen key. This method takes a screenshot of your current screen and then saves it to the screenshots folder.

Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT OPTIONSTYPE OF SCREENSHOT
Press FN + PRTScn KeysScreenshot saved to clipboard
Press FN + Windows key + Print ScreenScreenshot of Active Windows
Press Windows Key + Shift + SScreenshot with Snipping Tool
Press Windows Key + GScreenshot with Xbox Game Bar

Take a Screenshot of an Active Window

The screenshot methods above will capture the active screen or screens. So, if you have multiple displays and want to take a screenshot of one selected window. The best method for Windows 11 users is to press FN + ALT + PRTSc buttons. For Windows 10 users, press the ALT + PRTSc buttons together.

Then, if you want to use the screenshot, open up Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft paint or another app of your choosing and then press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into the open application.

Tip #2: Take A Screenshot Using the Snipping Tool

You can also take a screenshot on a MSI laptop using the built-in Snipping Tool, and in many different ways. With this tool, you can take a screenshot of the entire screen or just a portion of the screen.

You can then save your screenshots on your MSI device or save them to the clipboard. The snipping tool also offers the ability to quickly edit and share your screen captures wherever you want.

Windows Built-In Snipping Application
Windows laptop Built-In Snipping Application

How to Use the Windows Snipping Tool?

An easy way how to take screenshots on MSI laptop is by using the snipping tool. Press the Windows key and type Snipping into the search bar. Then select the snip tool from the best match menu (shown above). You can also open the snip tool by pressing the Windows Key + Shift + S keys together.

Keyboard Shortcut to Open the Windows Snipping Tool
Windows Snipping Tool Keyboard Shortcut

Then choose which area on your screen needs capturing. Use Rectangular mode to capture a selected area of the screen. Freeform to capture any shape or size of the screen. Or full screen mode to take a screenshot of the entire window. Finally, use Windows mode to capture the selected screen.

You can also open the Microsoft snipping tool by pressing the Start Menu or Windows Key + Shift + S together. Then select New and choose from the same options I have listed above.

After taking the screenshot, you can either Crop the image. Annotate (to draw different shapes or text). Or Save As to save the screenshot as an image file. Finally, choose Send To to share the screen capture.

If you want to learn more about the Microsoft Snipping Tool, follow this link for an in-depth guide about using the Windows Laptop Snipping Tool to capture your best screenshots.

Tip #3: Take a Screenshot Using the Xbox Game Bar

One of the best ways to take a screenshot on a MSI laptop is with the built-in Xbox Game Bar. Great for capturing your entire screen. I also use this tool for screen recording on a Razer laptop and easily record hours of Call of Duty Warzone footage.

How to use the Xbox Game bar?

To open up the Xbox game bar application, press the Windows logo key + G together. Alternatively, you can press the Window key and type Xbox Game Bar in the search bar.

Taking Screenshot Using Xbox Game Bar

Then select the Camera Icon which is the screenshot button. Pressing this button will take a screenshot of the specific window and save the image to the captures folder inside Windows Explorer.

The Xbox Game Bar Screen Capture Window

Using the Game Bar Step By Step

  • Open the game or programme you want to capture
  • Press Windows Key + G and then select the Camera Icon
  • The screenshots are saved to the captures folder
  • Use the capture in your favourite third-party applications

You can also use this tool to easily take a screenshot on an ASUS laptop just as easy as an MSI gaming laptop. In fact, this tool is available on all windows based computers.

Other Free Software for Editing and Taking Screenshots

Snagit is a simple and easy to use and suitable for all Windows based laptops. This tool has a built-in screen-capture utility that allows you to easily capture your screen. You can choose a specific area on the screen. You can also to combine other tools with Snagit. Get Snagit here.

SnapDraw is another free and easy to use tool that offers various methods for taking the best quality captures. Similar to the snipping tool, you can add annotations, and other various edits. With SnapDraw you can take a screenshot of the entire screen, the active window, or just part of the screen.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this step-by-step guide showing you how to take a screenshot on MSI laptop has been helpful. Whether you want to capture a screenshot of your entire screen or specific areas. Your options are endless. These include mastering the snipping tool interface or the easy-to-use Xbox game bar.

The good thing is it will not matter which version of Windows you’re running. The steps above will work fine. Moreover, these are also the best tools to use for screenshotting because they are free. They also offer much more in terms of features than some of the more premium tools available.

That’s it from me if you have further questions about mastering your MSI gaming laptop. Please feel free to leave a comment. I am always happy to respond. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter for more helpful content like this sent directly to your inbox.

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