How to take a screen shot, PC and Mac

You’ve heard people say it, you may have seen them do it… but how DO you take a screen shot? It is incredibly handy!

 

PC Windows

 

Okay so on a PC in Windows you can take a screen shot of the whole screen of your computer by simply pressing the “PrtSc” button on your keyboard. It stands for ‘Print Screen’!
Then open something like a Microsoft Word document or a new email, or a drawing program of some type. Right click and select ‘Paste’ or use “Ctrl V” whichever you prefer.

 

Sometimes you don’t want a screen shot of the entire computer screen. It can be very handy to just capture the current window.

 

So make sure the window you want to capture is clicked on and then holding down the “Alt” button on your keyboard, tap the “PrtSc” button (then release the “Alt” button). Then just like above, open something like a Microsoft Word document or a new email, or a drawing program of some type. Right click and select ‘Paste’ or use “Ctrl V” whichever you prefer. Just that window will be pasted!

 

Microsoft OneNote

 

If you have Microsoft Office and use the OneNote application, it has a really nice capture built into it called screen clippings. This runs all the time and for MS OneNote 2010 can be used in the following way-

 

Just hold down the “windows” button on your keyboard (that’s the one with the windows flag on it that you’ve never used before!), and tap the “S” key. Very cool!

 

Apple Mac

 

With Apple Macs it is a case of using a program called Preview, or trying the following commands.

 

Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

 

Then open something like a new email, or a drawing program of some type. Select ‘Paste’ to insert.