How to take a Screenshot – Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 2 Adaptive Keyboard

Adaptive keyboard sounds cool right?  It does make for a very clean, uncluttered and easy to use keyboard. But it also makes accessing some functions harder, more time consuming and without knowing the special commands you’d be forgiven for thinking several common keyboard functions were completely dropped. Welcome to Planet Lenovo!

This post applies to the Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 2 model  – type 20A7 or 20A8 released between 2014-2015 – the only X1 model with an Adaptive Keyboard. Adaptive Keyboard - X1 Carbon Gen 2

Issue: Print Screen and other common standard keyboard functions appear to be missing from Lenovo’s Adaptive Keyboard. Where are they? They’re there, just hidden! Lets find them and check out some other commands and screen capture options for the Thinkpad X1 Carbon Adaptive Keyboard.

Solutions!

Using the Adaptive Keyboard (see video below)

  • Full Screen Screenshot – Press and hold the FN key, tap the T key for a full screen capture
  • Active Window Screenshot – Press and hold the FN key, the Alt key and tap T for an active window capture
  • See the Lenovo video below for all six hidden key commands
    • FN + B = Break
    • FN + I  = Insert
    • FN + K = ScrLk
    • FN + P = Pause
    • FN + S = SysRq
    • FN + T = PrtScrn

Using the Windows Snipping Tool

Using the Lenovo On-Screen Keyboard

  • Search Programs for Keyboard & launch the On-Screen Keyboard
  • Click (or press on touch screen) the Alt + PrtScn keys

Using Third Party tools

  • Excellent free screen capture tool – GreenShot

Hidden Keys! This video reveals the magic keys which work with FN on planet Lenovo.

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11 thoughts on “How to take a Screenshot – Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 2 Adaptive Keyboard

  1. The capture sctive windoww description does not seem to work:
    “Press and hold the FN key, the Alt key and tap T for an active window capture”. I press and hold Fn, then pressing (and holding Alt), and then tapping T. But is does not work. Any comments?

  2. Hi Lars are you sure you’re on an Adaptive keyboard? Carrie – there is no Print Screen on the adaptive keyboard (PrtScrn is FN + the letter ‘T’ ). You can use ALT + PrtScrn on the visual keyboard. X1 Carbon gen 3’s have gone back to a standard keyboard and even better a normal touch pad instead of a “trampoline”.

  3. The 4th gen doesn’t have an Adaptive Keyboard thus the steps here wouldn’t apply, standard screenshot methods should work.

  4. When you use the above method, the screen grab is copied. Open a program like PowerPoint, right click and paste.

  5. These are all pretty handy and helpful. I am using screenshot option a million times a day so for me the most effective thing to use is a third party software like PaintShop Pro. Many don’t know that it has this secret option and you can see here how easy it is to use http://www.paintshoppro.com/en/pages/screenshots/

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