Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tech Tip: Creating a Screenshot

Ah, screenshots. They are so impressive and helpful and they are so easy to create. A screenshot is simply a photograph of the computer screen taken by your computer.

Let’s say you need to explain how to do some computer task that has a whole bunch of steps. You could write a long description of the steps that describe what the screen looks like, where to click, etc. Or you could take a picture and show what your are talking about. Literally.

Here are the steps.
1. Set up your screen how you want it to look for the shot.
2. Click the Print Screen button. It is usually in the top right corner of the keyboard.

3. Open the document where you want to  paste the screenshot.
4. Paste the screenshot into document using your favorite pasting method (e.g. Edit > Paste, right click, CTRL V, etc.)

The above method will take a pictue of the whole screen, but what if you have multiple windows open and you just want take a pictue of one of them?

Simple. Click ALT + Print Screen  and then paste the picture into your document.  Just make sure the window you want is the active one by clicking on it.

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