How to take a screenshot of your computer screen is really easy.
How to Take a Screenshot Windows:
To take a screen shot of your computer screen following these steps:
In Windows there are a couple different ways to quickly take a screenshot. First there is the “Copy and Paste” method using the keyboard and an image editing program. Second there is the Snipping Tool, which is available in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Copy and Paste Method:
- Press the Print Screen button on your keyboard to take a screenshot of your entire desktop, OR simultaneously press Alt-Print Screen to take a screenshot of the active window.
- Open an image editing program, such as Microsoft Paint. To open Microsoft Paint, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.
- Click inside the white part of the screen.
- Go to the Edit menu and select Paste.
- Click File > Save As.
- In the box that pops up, change the “Save As” type to JPG.
- After typing in a filename for your image, choose a location on your hard drive to save to, like the Desktop, and click the Save button.
- To open the Snipping Tool, click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool.
- The Snipping Tool window will appear on your screen. Don’t worry, it will disappear when you start dragging a selection area.
- Click and drag your cursor to select an area to copy. As you drag your cursor the selected area will be darker and surrounded by a red border.
- Release the mouse button and the captured area will open in the Snipping Tool window.
- Press the Save button (which looks like a disc) to save the screen shot as an image file. See the tips below for file format suggestions.
How to Take a Screenshot Mac OS X:
Mac OS X makes taking screenshots extremely simple.
To take a screenshot of your entire desktop:
- Simultaneously hold down the Command-Shift-3 keys.
- The screenshot is saved to your desktop.
To take a screenshot of an active window:
- Simultaneously hold down the Command-Shift-4 keys.
- Press the “Space Bar”.