Capturing something important as soon as you see on your screen whether its work-related or you like something and wanted to show to your friends. The easiest and the fastest thing you can do is to take a screenshot and save it to your device.
Screenshots are a cool and simple way and probably everyone should use it. If you are playing a game and come across an interesting thing then you can capture it via screenshots. You might be working and you see a bug that you have to show to your colleague then screenshots are very efficient. Also if you are watching any movie and you like a scene and wish to capture it, a screen shot is the best option to do it. They can help you capture screen anytime with such ease.
Moving on, I have created an Ultimate guide on How to take a screenshot on different devices with useful images to help you understand better. Keep reading this article to know more.
Imaging scrolling any social media and you see something interesting and you wish to show to your friend. The best thing you can do is to take a screen shot of that page and share it.
Most of the android smartphones have similar functions to take a screen shot, the general method is pressing the volume down button and the power button at the same time for 2 seconds and you will see a shutter and a clicking sound that indicates that your screen shot is captured and saved to your camera roll/gallery.
Now if you have a physical home button on your phone then the method may differ a little. To take a screen shot you need to click on the power button and the home button for at least 2 seconds and your screen shot will be captured.
Also, there is a cool way to take a screen shot if you own a Samsung Phone. To enable this feature, just go to bellow path
Settings> Advance Features> Palm swipe
Once done, put your palm on the right side of the screen and swipe to the left and you will see a shutter with a clicking sound and your screenshot will be saved on your gallery.
If you own a smartwatch that runs on Google’s operating system then taking a screenshot of your watch is an easy task. To capture the screen you will have to open the watch app and go to the settings and tap on “Take a screenshot of watch”. After taking the screenshot, you will have a notification on your phone allowing you to save that screenshot.
So you might be wondering taking a screenshot on pc will be a difficult task and to do that you have to be a tech geek, then you are wrong. Taking a screenshot on pc is as simple as you capture the screen on your phone. There are several ways you can take a screenshot on your Windows pc/laptop.
Methods to take a screenshot on Windows
Snip & Sketch
After the 2018 update on windows, they have introduced a new feature called Snip & Sketch. This lets you take a screenshot with such ease. To take a screenshot you will have to follow the below steps-
- Go to search option on the Taskbar and search for Snip and Sketch application
- Open the application and you will see an interface like this
- Click on the New button and you will see crosshairs instead of the regular cursor
- Just click on the mouse and drag on the screen to capture the part of the screen that you wish to save.
- Once done you will be redirected to Snip and Sketch application, where you can edit or crop the saved image.
- After modification, you can simply click Control + S to save or manually click on the save button to save the screenshot.
This feature is the oldest and the most used application for screenshots on windows. To capture the Screenshot with this tool you can simply follow the below steps-
- Open the snipping tool form the search bar.
- Once you open the application you will see a small menu with options like this
- Click on new and you will see the screen on which you need to capture the screenshot.
- Just click on the mouse and drag on the screen to take a screenshot.
- Once done your screenshot will be copied to the clipboard and you will need to manually save it to your device.
- To save the screenshot you will have to open any image editing tool like Microsoft Paint, after opening just paste the screenshot thereby pressing Control + V and you will see your screenshot there and you can save it in any format you want.
This is truly the simplest method that you can use to capture the entire screen of your pc/laptop. With this method, you will be able to capture the entire screen and then edit or crop the parts you like and save it to your device.
To take a screenshot you just need to click the Prtscn button on your keyboard and your screenshot will be copied to your clipboard. To save it you will have to open Microsoft Paint, after opening just paste the screenshot thereby pressing Control + V and you will see your screenshot there and you can save it in any format you want.
Windows + Print Screen
To capture the entire screen and saved it automatically you can simply click this combination Windows + Prtscn and the screen will go dim for a second. This indicates that the screenshot is taken and saved to your device. The screenshot is saved to the location Pictures> Screenshot folder.
Alt + Print screen
This is another alternative to take a screenshot of the full screen on your pc. After pressing the Alt key with Prtsnc the screenshot will be copied to the clipboard and you can easily edit or save it with Microsoft Paint as mentioned in the above steps.
Windows + Shift + S
So far you have seen a lot of ways to take a screenshot but this is the method I use when I have to take a quick screenshot of some part of the screen. Just press Windows + Shift + S key altogether and you will see a window like this
Your cursor will be turned to crosshairs and you just have to click and drag the part of the screen you wish to capture and it will be copied to your clipboard. Now you can simply paste it in the Paint app and save it to any format.
Windows + G
This is the best alternative if you are playing a game on your pc. This is very helpful for gamers to quickly capture screen and save it to your device without doing much. Just click Windows + G and the game bar will open. There you will see a Camera icon on the top left corner. Just click on that button and your screenshot will be saved. There are a lot of features you can use in Game Bar just go and explore others.
So you own a Chromebook and wish to take a screenshot then you can simply click Control + Windows Shutter key. The shutter key is present on the top of the keyboard (a black and white box). This combination captures the entire screen and saves it.
Now if you wish to capture a part of the screen then you can use the Shift key with the above combination and then your cursor will turn into a crosshair and you can simply click and drag to capture the screen.
Talking about iPhones, if you still own an iPhone with a home button, then to take a screenshot you just have to click the Home button and the Power button together for at least 2 seconds and you will see a flash on the screen that indicates screenshot is taken and saved to your camera roll.
And if you own the latest iPhone, X, XR, iPhone 11 lines then you will have to simply click the Volume Up button with the Power button to take a screenshot.
Taking a screenshot on your apple watch screens is an easy job now. Whatever you are watching on your screen you can grab the screenshot . To capture a screen on your watch, you must enable the settings by going to your watch app and enabling screenshot from general settings.
Once done just hold the side button and click the digital crown to take a screenshot. A notification will show up on your phone to save the screenshot, accept it and it will be in your camera roll.
After the Mojave update, Mac introduced a specific screenshot tool that can be opened by the following combination- Command+ Shift + 5. After clicking this combination keys a tool will pop up and you will see a set of features that you can use to capture screen whether to capture full screen or just a part of it. If you wish you can also use Keyboard shortcuts. They are still the fastest methods to grab a screen.
Following are the shortcuts you can use-
Command + Shift + 3
This will capture the entire screen and will be saved to your device automatically.
Command + Shift + 4
This will capture the part of the screen. The cursor will be turned into crosshairs and then you can simply click and drag the mouse to capture the part of the screen. Once done the screenshot will be saved to your device.
Command + Shift + 5
You can simply use these combinations to capture a specific window. The captured screen will be captured in your device.
Command + Shift + 6
The combination is used to capture the Touch bar. If you own a Mac book that has a Touch Bar then to capture the Touch bar you can simply use this combination and the Touch Bar will be captured.
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