Screenshot

A screenshot is a picture of the current view of a computer's visual output. Common output formats are JPEG, BMP, or PNG.

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Mac OS X

Shortcuts

Entire screen

To take a screenshot of an entire screen in Mac OS X, follow these instructions:

  1. Hold down the apple key and the shift key.
  2. Press and let go of the number 3 key.
  3. The screenshot that you have taken, will appear on the desktop as a PNG file. It acts like a picture file.
  • To take a screenshot and copy the PNG file to the clipboard, hold down the apple key, the shift key, and the control key before pressing the number 3 key.


Selected area

To take a screenshot of a selected area, follow these instructions:

  1. Hold down the apple key and the shift key.
  2. Press and let go of the number 4 key.
  3. Instead of having an arrow as your cursor, a selection crosshairs will appear.
  4. You then will hold down the mouse and drag the mouse until you have highlighted all the material you want in your screenshot.
  5. Once you have let go of the mouse, the screenshot that you have taken, will appear on the desktop as a PNG file.
  • To take a screenshot of a selected area and copy the PNG file to the clipboard, hold down the apple key, the shift key, and the control key before pressing the number 4 key.

Window, menu bar, or icon section

To take a screenshot of a single window, menu bar, or icon object on the screen, follow these instructions:

  1. Hold down the apple key, the shift key, and the number 4 key.
  2. Press and let go of the spacebar key.
  3. Instead of having an arrow as your cursor, a camera icon will appear.
  4. You then will be able to select individual areas to capture. As you mouse over various areas, they will turn blue to indicate that you may capture that particular object.
  5. Once you click the mouse, the screenshot that you have taken, will appear on the desktop as a PNG file.
  • To take a screenshot of a window, menu bar, or icon and copy the PNG file to the clipboard, hold down the apple key, the control key, the shift key, and the number 4 key before pressing the spacebar key.

Mac Application

  1. Use spotlight and search for Grab and hit enter
  2. Click the capture menu and choose your desired screenshot.

Windows XP/Vista/7

Entire screen

Take a screenshot of the entire screen in Windows XP or Vista/Windows 7 by following these steps:

  1. Press the Print Screen key. This will copy the screenshot to the clipboard.
  2. Open an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop.
  3. Create a new document in the image editing application of choice.
  4. Paste the contents of your clipboard into your new document.

Single window

Take a screenshot of a single window by following these steps:

  1. Bring the window you would like to take a screenshot of to the front.
  2. Hold the Alt key and press the Print Screen key. This will copy the screenshot of the selected window to the clipboard.
  3. Open an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop.
  4. Create a new document in the image editing application of choice.
  5. Paste the contents of your clipboard into your new document.

Utility

For added flexibility and functionality, you may also use a third-party utility, such as FastStone Capture or Snag-It to take screenshots.

In Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 there is a utility called the Snipping Tool that can be used to quickly take screenshots, add notes, and email them in one easy step. To find the snipping tool, click the start button and search snipping tool. Remember that any selections made by the snipping tool are also copied to the clipboard by default.

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