How to Take a Screenshot

For Windows

  • The simplest method, though the least precise.

    1. Press the [Print Screen] button on your keyboard.
    2. Open Paint.
    3. Click the Paste button, or press [Ctrl] and [V] at the same time.
    4. Save your screenshot.

     

  • This method is more precise and more useful.

    1.  Find the search icon near the start menu.
    2. Type in "Snipping Tool."
    3. Selec it from the "Best match" menu.

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    4. In the program, click "New" and select the portion of the screen you want to capture.

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    5. Save your screenshot.

For Mac

    1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
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    2. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.
    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 Space bar to change the way the selection moves.
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    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.
    1. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
    2. Press the Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera pointer.
    3. Move the camera pointer over a window to highlight it.
    4. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you click.
    5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

    This works with Finder windows and most application windows.

    1. Click the menu to reveal its contents.
    2. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
    3. Drag to select the menu.
    4. 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.
    1. Click the menu to reveal its contents.
    2. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
    3. Press the Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera pointer.
    4. Move the camera pointer over the menu to highlight it.
    5. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you click.
    6. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.
    • Screenshots are saved as .png files on the desktop in Mac OS X v10.6 and later. They're automatically named "Screen Shot date at time.png."
    • To save your screenshot to the Clipboard instead of a file on your desktop, use Command-Shift-Control-4.
    • You can open screenshots with Preview or other image-editing apps.
      Some apps, such as DVD Player, might not let you take screenshots of their windows.