How to take a Print Screen

Windows IconOn Windows

  1. First press the “Print Screen” button located on the top right of your keyboard (pictured right). Make sure you have exactly what you are wanting to capture opened at the time.

    Note: For best aesthetical results, press the F11 button before doing step one when in a web browser. This will make the web brower appear in the “full screen” mode.

  2. Open the Start bar and click on “All Programs”. Then navigate to the “Accessories” folder and click on the program called “Paint”. (pictured rignt)

  3. Once in Paint, click “Edit” located at the top of the screen, and click “Paste”. This should paste the screen shot you took in step 1.

  4. Now click File > Save As. Pick an appropriate place to save the file, like your Desktop. Now, pick a suitable file name, and finally make sure the “Save as type” has “JPEG” selected (!Important!).

    Please note, if you are planning to email the screen shot, picking anything other than JPEG could result in a large file and take a long time to send (and to receive at the other end!)

  5. Your screen shot is now ready to be attached to an email, uploaded online, posted on a form, or used in a variety of ways. Enjoy!


On a Mac

Mac has a lot more functionally when taking a screen shot. There are ways to take a shot of only the window you are in, or manually select with the mouse what area you would like to take a shot of. But for this article I will show you the plainest, easier way to do this.

  1. Simply hold down Command + Shift + Option + 8. This will take a full screenshot and save it to your desktop.
  2. Your screen shot is now ready to be attached to an email, uploaded online, posted on a form, or used in a variety of ways.


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