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Hyder Abbass

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No matter whether you are a novice or an advanced computer user, I’m pretty sure at some point you would want to take a screenshot from your computer or your mobile device. Perhaps you need to send a screenshot to your tech support, show something interesting on your screen to your friend, or if you are like me, capture screenshots for those awesome how-to guide I write on DarkTips :).

In this guide, let’s take a look at  how you can take screenshots on the different platforms:

Capture screenshots on Windows 10, Windows 8 & Windows 7

There are various ways you can take a screenshot in Windows. You can either make a screen capture of your full screen, a specific window or a specific section of your screen by using just keyboard shortcuts.

I’ll also introduce you to the Snipping Tool, a built-in windows utility that has been added all the way back to Windows Vista. This can be handy just in case you cannot remember the keyboard shortcuts for taking a screenshot.

1. Capture entire screen

Pressing PrtScn will place the screenshot in your clipboard. Open your Microsoft Paint application and paste it (CTRL + V). This is the old-school way of capturing screenshots on Windows.

With the introduction of Windows 8, you can save screenshot directly by pressing Win Key + PrtScn, which is then saved to the user’s Pictures library under screenshots folder e.g C:\Users\hyder\Pictures\Screenshots.

2. Take screenshot of a single Window

Click on the Window that you want to capture in order to make it active. Then press Alt + PrtScn. To save this picture, open Microsoft Paint application and paste it(CTRL + V).

3. Screen capture using Snipping Tool

If you are not comfortable with the keyboard shortcuts, you can use the Snipping tool which is a built-in utility in Windows. For Windows 8 users, open the charm bar (Win Key + C) and type Snipping tool. If you are using Windows 7, go to Start Menu > Accessories > Snipping Tool.

Once the snipping tool is opened, you should see a small window with three buttons: New, Cancel and Options.
capture screenshots using snipping tool

When you click on the New button (On the small down arrow), you can select from four types of captures. For most of your needs, you will probably use the Rectangular Snip. Feel free to play with the other options too!

How to take screenshot on a Mac

MAC OS X also has native support for taking screenshots just like Windows. You can take screenshots of your full screen, active Window or even specific areas of your screen. You know your screenshot has been captured when you hear the camera shutter sound. It will then be automatically be saved to your desktop with a file name similar to this: Screen shot 2014-12-16 at 08.45.00 AM.png.

Lastly, I’ll show you how you can grab screenshots using the built-in utility Preview in MAC OS X.

1. Taking screenshots on a Mac using Keyboard shortcuts

You can take a full screenshot of your screen on your Mac by pressing Cmd + Shift+ 3. Your image will be automatically saved on your desktop. If you want to capture only a single window e.g your Safari browser or an error alert box, press the following combination: Cmd + Shift+ 4.

2. Taking screenshots using Preview

Not a fan of keyboard shortcuts? No worries! Your Mac is shipped with a built-in utility called Preview. Go to Finder, select Applications on the left sidebar and search for Preview.

Take screenshots on a mac using Preview

Once you have Preview open, on the top menu choose File> Take Screen Shot. You can choose from the three different ways to take a screenshot on your Mac.
3 ways to take capture a screenshot on a Mac

How to take screenshots on Linux

You can use the same keyboard shortcut as on Windows Operating system. To grab a screenshot of your full screen, press PrtSc. You will be then prompted to save the image.

Capture screenshot in linux ubuntu
When you want to capture only the active window, press Alt+PrtSc.

How to take screenshots on iPhone and iPad

It does not matter whether you are using iOS 6, iOS7 or iOS8. The step to take a screenshot on your iPad or iPhone is the same. Press your home button and your wake/sleep button simultaneously and you should hear a camera shutter sound. Open your Photos app, you should see your screenshots saved there.

take screenshots on an iPhone or iPad

How to take screenshots on Android

Capturing screenshots on Android devices is somewhat harder than on iOS devices due to the myriad of Android versions available. If you own a relatively modern smartphone (manufactured after 2011), such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5, it is much easier to take screenshots. For older devices, you might need a third party tool for this. Let’s explore the different ways to take screenshots on most modern Android models.

The table below resumes how you can take a screenshot of your Phone screen depending on your Phone models.

Capture screenshot on Android Phones
Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3 Note and Express Press the Home and Power button simultaneously. Screenshot is saved in Gallery under the Screenshots folder.
Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Kindle Fire HDX 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Press the Power and Volume down button simultaneously. You can find your screenshot in the Gallery app under the Screenshots folder.


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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I can never remember how to take screenshots on my Computer. Thanks for adding those pictures!
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I am a new Mac User. I used to have SnagIT on windows but now could not find an alternative for it on Mac. I guess I'll stick with the native way of taking screenshots on Mac ;)
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

I have just intalled Linux Gnome and need to grab a few screenshots to send to my boss. Thanks a bunch ;)