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Take a Screenshot

A screenshot is an image capture of anything on your desktop, an error message or configuration option dialog box that you have a question about. Screenshots might also be called screen grabs or screen captures.

There are a couple of different options for screen captures for both Mac and PCs and the basics for each are addressed below.

Windows 7/8/10:

Save a screenshot of your entire screen by clicking the Print Screen button on your keyboard.
Or take a screenshot of only the currently selected window by holding down the ALT key at the same time as clicking Print Screen.
Both methods copy the screen to your clipboard, use Ctrl + V to paste that image into a Word document, email message, etc.

For more customization of your Screen shot you can also use the Windows Snipping Tool

If you see this icon in your taskbar

 

then you have Greenshot installed and can take screenshots with it http://getgreenshot.org/help/#screenshot and save them directly to an image.

On an MS Surface, you use the Function (Fn) / Windows (icon) / Space keys.

Mac OS X:

Save screenshot on desktop (as a PDF):

Command-Shift-3: Screenshot of full screen placed as file on desktop. Saves it to the desktop
Command-Shift-4, then drag and drop mouse over selected area: Screenshot of selected area as file on desktop.
Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Screenshot of selected window placed as file on desktop.

or save Screenshot to the Clipboard (use Command – V to paste into a Word document, email message, etc.):

Command-Control-Shift-3: Screenshot of full screen to the clipboard.
Command-Control-Shift-4, drag mouse over desired area: Screenshot will be saved to the clipboard.
Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Screenshot of selected window placed in clipboard.

For more customization of your Screen shot you can also use the Apple Grab Utility.

iOS

  1. Press the Power button on the top right corner of your device and at the same time, press the Home button. The screen flashes, and if you have sound enabled you will hear a camera shutter sound.
  2. The picture is saved with the rest of your images in the Photos App on your device.

Android – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and above

Press and hold your smartphone’s power and volume down button at the same time for 1- to 2 seconds. Not all phones support this however so your mileage may vary. On Samsung Galaxy phones press and hold the Home button and power button until you see the screen flash.  Not all phones support this however so your mileage may vary. If this doesn’t work go to this google link and add the model of your phone to the search box. To find your screenshot open the Gallery app and find the Screenshot album or look for the New pics.