Tech Hacks

How to take easy computer screenshots

An easy way to capture a screenful of information is to “screenshot” it, essentially taking a picture of your computer screen that is stored as an image. It can be done easily with both Mac’s and PC’s. Here’s how:

Mac: Command + Shift + 3 (Entire screen)

Hold down the keys: Command + Shift + 3 You should hear a brief camera sound. This is the most basic screenshot

Mac: Command + Shift + 4 (Selection)

Hold down the keys: Command + Shift + 4 Your cursor will turn into a small reticule with pixel coordinate numbers to the lower left.

Click and hold your mouse/trackpad and drag the cursor to select a rectangular area to screenshot. You can press the Esc key to start over without taking the photo.

Release the click to take the picture. Again, your file will be saved on your desktop.

PC: Windows key + Print Screen (Entire screen)

To capture your entire screen and automatically save the screenshot, tap the Windows key + Print Screen key. Your screen will briefly go dim to indicate that you’ve just taken a screenshot, and the screenshot will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

Alternatively, use the Snipping Tool on Windows Vista, 7, or 8. Microsoft put a small tool on every windows machine that lets you take custom screenshots. In the start menu, search for “Snipping Tool” to find the program.