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How Do I Do A Screen Capture?

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

Deb from Florida Keys writes: Please explain (In Detail) how to do a screen Capture.

Thanks Very Much, Deb

Deb,  since you don’t specify on what type of device you wish to capture an image, I’ll explain how to grab an image in Windows. Hold down the CTRL key on the lower left of your keyboard at the same time you press the PrtScrn key in the upper right area. That action will grab the image. Some keyboards may require you to use hold down the Alt key + PrtScrn. Then you’ll need to open an image editing program such as Paint and press CRTL + V or  right click your  mouse and select Paste from the options offered.

The image you grabbed will appear in the program.

Re-size or crop the image according to your needs and save it as whatever type of file works best for you.

Now your screen shot is just like any other image saved on your computer.

I do a lot of screen captures every day and it’s a pretty simple process once you get the hang of it.

~ Cynthia



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2 Responses to “How Do I Do A Screen Capture?”

  1. Mike Simpson says:

    If you are using Windows 7, there is a neat tool called Snip-it that Microsoft added to Vista and Windows 7. If you add the Snip-it tool to your task bar (it can be found in the Accessories folder under Start – All Programs), all you have to do is click on the tool. The screen will look like there is a sheet of drawing paper over it. Using your cursor, click and drag the mouse until the desired portion of the screen is selected, then click Save. You can select where to save the image and you can save the picture as a jpg, gif or png image file.

  2. jim says:

    You can also use the ALT key (next to the space bar) and it will do almost the same thing as the CTRL key except it will only capture the “active” window. Then follow instructions given in the news letter.

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