, or the Print Screen
function, is used to capture the display currently on your monitor. Most computers allow you to capture the image on the screen fairly easily. This tutorial will walk you through how to take a screenshot on Windows
, and UNIX
computers as well as on your iPhone
, and Android phone
Take a Screenshot on Windows
, the command key to perform the function is usually found in the upper-righthand corner of the keyboard and labeled as some variation of Print Screen
. Once the display that you want to capture is on your screen, press this key once. This will take a screenshot of the entire screen.
Open your graphic editing program (like Paint, for example), and either using the command Ctrl
or the program's manual options, paste the image in the provided space. You can then edit it to your liking or simply save it.
Screenhsot of the Entire Desktop
The easiest way to take screenshots is with the Print Screen
key. Press Print Screen
to capture an image of your entire screen to the clipboard. Next, open an image editor, such as Paint
, and press [CTRL
] + [V
] to retrieve (paste) the captured image from the clipboard. Click File
> Save As
to save the screenshot:
Take Quick Screenshots
Use [Windows key
] + [Print Screen
] to capture a quick screenshot of your entire screen. This key combo will instantly create a file for each of your screenshots in C:\Users\Username\Pictures\Screenshots
On a Specific App Window
Click the title bar of the desired app, which will bring the app to the front, and press [Alt
] + [Print Screen
] to capture the active window. Use a program, such as Paint
, to retrieve the screenshot from the clipboard.
On a Specific Area of Your Screen
Windows 10 features a built-in screen capture utility called the Snipping Tool
. Right-click on Start
. Type snipping tool
, and click OK
to open the Snipping Tool
, then drag your cursor over the area of your screen you want to capture. Edit and save the screenshot.
With the Xbox App
The Xbox app that comes pre-installed in Windows 10 allows you to take screenshots and record video clips of your favorite apps and games.
Open the Xbox app, then minimize it, allowing it to run in the background. Next, open the desired app, press [Windows key
] + [G
] to open the Xbox app Game Bar
, then click Yes, this is a game
to add the app to your game list. (Don’t worry, you only have to perform this operation once.)
Use the Camera
button in the Game Bar
, or press [Windows key
] + [Alt
] + [Print Screen
], to capture screenshots:
You can view your screenshots directly in the Xbox app (Game DVR
> This PC
) or by going to C:\Users\Username\Videos\Captures
On a Windows 10 Tablet/Touch Screen Device
Use the [Windows key
] + [Volume Down
] to capture your screenshots.
Take a Screenshot on iPhone/iPad
To take a screenshot on iOS devices, you simply need to press the power button
at the same time as the home button
. You can find your screenshot in your Camera Roll.
Take a Screenshot on Android
The process to create a screenshot on Android depends on the version that you have. For Android 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2, you need to push the power button
and the volume down
button at the same time. Your image will be saved in your gallery.
For Android 2.2 (Fro-Yo), you need to press simultaneously the back button
and the power button
For Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), you need to press the home button
and the power button
For Android 3 (Honeycomb), you will need to root the device.
Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy
If you are using a Galaxy S5
, there's an additional method. Head to Settings
, select Motions and gestures
, select Capture screen
, and enable the Capture screen
You will now be able to take screenshots by swiping your finger over the screen from one side to the other. The screenshots are automatically saved in the Screenshots
folder of your photo album.
Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Note
If you're using a Note, press the S-Pen stylus
button, and a small circular menu will be displayed on your screen. Tap Screen write
to take a screenshot of your current screen:
Take a Screenshot on Nexus
If you are using a Nexus 7 and 9, simultaneously press the ON/OFF
buttons to take a screenshot.
Take a Screenshot on Mac
, you can take a screenshot of your entire screen or just a portion of it.
To capture the entire screen, press ⌘
. The captured image will be saved to your desktop.
To capture a selected portion of your screen, first press ⌘
. Upon releasing the keys, your mouse cursor should change into a +
symbol. You can now use the tool to choose what you want to capture by clicking and dragging to create a box around the desired section of the screen. The captured image will be saved to your desktop.
You can now make all the desired changes in your graphic editing program (like Preview, for example), including cropping, size and color changes, text and graphics additions, etc.
Take a Screenshot on Linux
, pressing the Print Screen
key will capture the whole screen, while pressing Print Screen
will capture the section of the screen where the mouse is pointing. This will be followed by the appearance of the Save Screenshot
Screen Capture Software
There are also quick and effective programs that allow you to capture your screen and edit the resulting image. The biggest advantage of using these is that they make it easy to perform screen captures that require scrolling down.
Some of the best ones are Quick Screen Capture
, Screen Hunter
, and Hyperionics
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Latest update on February 22, 2018 at 10:24 AM by Jeff.