Screenshots are a powerful tool for capturing information, and errors, on your computer. Whether you need to document a conversation, or highlight a software bug, knowing how to take a screenshot is an essential skill. In this article, we will guide you through the process of taking screenshots on different platforms.
Taking Screenshots on Windows
View official documentation on Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots – Microsoft Support
- Full-screen screenshots: Press the “PrtScn” or “Print Screen” key on your keyboard to capture the entire screen. Open an image editor or a document, then press “Ctrl + V” to paste the screenshot.
- Active window screenshots: Ensure the desired window is active, then press “Alt + PrtScn” to capture only that window. Paste it into an image editor or document using “Ctrl + V.”
Taking Screenshots on Mac
View official documentation on Take a screenshot on your Mac – Apple Support
- Capture the entire screen: Press “Shift + Command + 3” simultaneously to capture the entire screen. The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.
- Capture a specific area: Press “Shift + Command + 4,” and the cursor will turn into a crosshair. Click and drag to select the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button to take the screenshot.
Taking Screenshots on Linux
- Full-screen screenshots: Press the “PrtScn” or “Print Screen” key to capture the entire screen. The screenshot may be saved automatically or copied to the clipboard.
- Active window screenshots: Press “Alt + PrtScn” to capture the active window. The screenshot may be saved automatically or copied to the clipboard.
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