How to take a screenshot

Windows

1) PrtScn feature

In Windows, one easy solution is the PrtScn key. When you press it, an image of your screen is copied to the Clipboard. This is called a screen capture or screenshot.

To print the screen capture or send it to someone in an e‑mail, you'll first have to paste it into Paint or some other image-editing program and save it.

On some keyboards, PrtScn might appear as PRTSC, PRTSCN, or a similar abbreviation.
Certain laptops and other mobile devices that lack a PrtScn key might use other key combinations, such as FN+Insert, to capture the screen. Check the manual the came with your laptop or device for specific instructions.

2) Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is available in all versions of Windows Vista, 7, and 8 except the Starter and Basic editions. 

  • In Windows Vista and 7, click the Start button, select All Programs, then Accessories. Select the Snipping Tool from the list.
  • In Windows 8 simply start typing “snipping tool” while on the Start screen and select it from the Search results.

Click the New button to start the selection. The screen will fade, and you can draw your Snip area, or select the window if you chose Window Snip. Release the mouse when selecting to create the Snip.

Click the floppy disk icon to open the save dialog. Type in a name for the screenshot and change the "Save as type:" field if desired. You can now send the screenshot by email or put it on a website.

MacOS

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

1) Take screenshot of your whole screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
  2. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

2) Take a screenshot of part of your screen

  1. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
  2. Move the crosshair pointer to where you want to start the screenshot.
  3. Drag to select an area. While dragging, you can hold the Shift key, Option key, or Spacebar to change the way the selection moves.
  4. When you've selected the area you want, release your mouse or trackpad button. To cancel, press the Escape (ESC) key before you release the button.
  5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

iOS

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then immediately press and release the Home button.

You can find the screenshot in your Photos app.

Android

For the vast majority of Android phones and tablets, to take a screenshot you simply press and hold the power and volume-down buttons together. After a few seconds, the screen will flash and a notification will appear in the drop-down bar at the top of the screen, giving you options to delete, share or edit the image. You can also access the screenshot from your Gallery.

If your device has a physical home button, as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S6, you may find there is a different method for taking a screenshot. On the Galaxy S6 you press and hold the power and home buttons together. 

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