Ever find yourself wishing you could put a screen shot into a Word document, Excel workbook, or PowerPoint presentation?
I know I use them all the time, and not just for this newsletter.
As a teacher I use them a lot when creating instructions for student projects or to create handouts to use during staff training.
It never occurred to me how much I’d use screen shots until I learned how. (It’s a lot like that little compartment for change in my car. It took me months to find it – now I use it all the time.)
At any rate, if you want to use screen shots you have to know how to make them – so let’s get to it.
- To get a screen shot of the entire monitor simply hit the Print Screen key. (Try looking for it near the F12 key.)
- Then go to the program where you’re trying to put the picture and paste.
That’s it – now you have a picture of the screen, as it was when you hit the Print Screen button.
Now let’s suppose that you have a lot of stuff on the screen and you only want one program from the many displayed. What do you do then?
- Simply click into the window you want the shot of to give it focus.
- Then hit Alt+ Print Screen.
- Now go to the program where you need the screen shot and paste.
This second one works well when you want a nice picture of program without the task bar across the bottom.
And there you have it. Perfect pictures and you don’t even have to get them developed!