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How to take Screenshot in Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop

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Nowadays taking screenshots and record screens are some of the most important and useful features which users use almost daily. In this guide, we will cover the topic of how to take screenshots on a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop using the Xbox gaming bar. It makes the life of a user easier and enables quick shortcuts to take screenshots, record screens, and many more in any laptop or PC  which has an enabled Xbox gaming bar.

So now let us move on towards one of the highly useful guides.

How to Enable Xbox gaming bar on Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop.

To enable the Xbox gaming bar to follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Move to the search box on the taskbar and type in the search box ‘game bar controller settings’ and click on the icon shown below using a red color arrow.

Search "Game bar controller setting"

A new window screen will open.

Step 2: Now you have to enable the option and if this option is already enabled then you have already activated the game bar.

Image showing Xbox gaming bar activated

How to take Screenshot in Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop

Step 3: You have to open a window where you want to take a screenshot like the one shown below. But remember there is an exception for the home screen that it will capture only the taskbar. 

Homescreen image

Step 4: Now you have to press Windows key + G.

Image showing Win and G button

Step 5: This will open a transparent screen with many different buttons now you have to choose the icon shown below as per requirement for example

  • Click on the icon indicated with a red arrow for Screenshot.
  • Click on the icon indicated with a blue arrow for Screen recording.
Image showing screenshot/ screen recording button

So you have taken the screenshot/record screen. This file is stored in default directory which you have set to save the screenshots and screen recording. See the steps below to find out that folder and change the default directory.

Time-saving tip:

You can also directly take screenshots by pressing the windows + Alt + print screen key (Generally located in the first row of the keyboard where f buttons are located).

Image showing alt and print screen key

You can also set your own default shortcut keys for screenshot/record screen. For this you have to move to Xbox game bar controller settings using the steps mentioned above and now you have to insert the shortcut keys which you want for any of the options in the dialogue box shown below and click on the Save button located at the bottom of the page.

Changing shortcuts. image for dialogue box

Where does Screenshot/ Recorded Screen video files get stored captured using Xbox gaming bar?

To find the location of the directory follow the given below steps.

Step 1. Move to game bar controller settings.

screenshot of game bar controller settings

Step 2. Click on the Captures button located to the left on the screen.

Scrennshot showing capture button location

Step 3. Now click on the open folder button to open the folder where your screenshots and screen recordings are saved.

screenshot showing open folder button

Step4. Opened folder contains all your Screenshots/ Screen recordings captured by the Xbox gaming control bar. 

How to change the default directory for Screenshots/ Screen recordings in Dell inspiron 15 3000 series laptops?

Step 1. Open the folder where all the Screenshots/ Screen recordings are stored using the steps above mentioned.

Step 2. Come out of this folder to the location where this folder is located.

screenshot showing location of default folder

Step 3. Right-click on this folder and click on the cut button.

Screenshot of right clicked folder

Step 5. Paste this folder to the location where you want to store Screenshots/ Screen recordings in the future.

(Note: Windows will automatically track the path and change the default directory)

Step 6. Close the game bar control settings window and reopen captures tab window to reflect the change.

Screenshot of default directory before changing the location
Screenshot of default directory after changing the location

You can also take screenshots / Record screens by using certain third-party applications. You can check out any of the best third-party applications to take screenshots in dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop or any other laptop/PC as given in Software Testing Help article like Snagit, FonePaw Screen Recorder and many more.

So in this article, we learned how to take Screenshots/ Record screens in Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series laptops, How to locate the directory where all the Screenshots/ Screen recordings are saved, and also to change the directory for Screenshots/ Screen recordings.

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