The screenshot is the process of capturing an image of the desktop screen, and this is done for several purposes. It is quite handy when you want to share the full screen or a portion of the screen with someone.
5 Easy Ways to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
1st method: Taking the entire screen
- To take the entire screenshot on Mac, ensure that the screen shows exactly what you want to capture.
- Now press the command, shift and 3 altogether. A shutter sound will confirm the screenshot process.
- The screenshot will be saved on the desktop named a screenshot with the date and time, and the format is a .png file.
2nd method: Taking a portion of the screen
- If you want to take a screenshot of a small portion of the Mac screen, press command+shift+4, and the cursor will be turned into a cross-hair reticle.
- Move this cursor to the area you want to capture, and the small rectangle will be displayed in that area. In case you want to get back the regular cursor, press escape.
- Now, the portion of the screen is captured by the rectangle one. Leave the mouse, and a sound will confirm the print screen process.
- The screenshot will be saved as a .png file on the desktop named Screenshot with the date and time mentioned.
3rd method: Saving mac screenshot on the clipboard
- This process allows you to save the mac screenshot you captured on the clipboard, not on the desktop. Command+control+shift+4 is required to be pressed altogether, and the image will be saved in the temporary storage area on the Mac. For taking a screenshot of a small portion of the screen, press Command+control+shift+3.
- This image can be edited, and to do that, paste it into the image editing program. Also, you can paste it on the email services or in a Word document. Press Command +V to paste the image on the required application.
4th method: Screenshot on a Mac of an open window
- To take a screenshot of an open window, hold Command +shift+4 and press the space bar. It will turn the cross-hair reticle into a tiny camera. By pressing the space bar again, you can get back the cross-hair reticle.
- Now move the cursor over the window that you want to capture as a screenshot. Pressing the key Command+ Tab also allows you to shift through the windows. Leave the cursor to have the screenshot.
- The screenshot will be saved on the desktop as a .png file.
5th method: Use the Grab Utility method
- A print screen Mac can also be taken by using the Grab Utility method. To open the Grab application, head to Application > Utilities > Grab, and it will show you the Grab menu located at the top-left corner.
- Next, click on the option ‘capture’, and it will display different options such as Screen, selection, and windows.
- Click on ‘screen’ to take a screenshot of the entire Mac screen. As you click on ‘Screen’, a new window will open to guide you through the screenshot process. Clicking on ‘selection’ will help you take a screenshot of a portion of the screen, while ‘Windows’ allows taking a screenshot of a specific window.
- One important point in this method is that you need to save the screenshot when the new window opens, as this process does not save the picture automatically. Also, the screenshot taken this way is saved as a .tiff file only.
5 Simples Ways to Take a Screenshot on a Windows PC
1st Method: Using “PrtScn” (Print Screen) or CTRL+PrtScn
This method is prevalent as you need to press the PrtScn (Print Screen) key or CTRL+PrtScn keys. Once you do this, Windows is creating a screenshot of the whole screen, and it saves it to the clipboard. Remember that you will need to manually save the screenshot by opening an image editing program, such as Paint, and “paste” (CTRL+V) the screenshot. After that, you need to save the file, and you’re done.
2nd Method: Using Windows + PrtScn
You can also take a screenshot of the whole screen and automatically save it as a file on the hard drive. You need to press Windows + PrtScn keys, and the screenshot file will be saved in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. The file will be named Screenshot(x).png, where “x” is the number of the screenshot.
HINT: If you are using Windows 10, you will find the screenshots by opening the Photos App and head to Folders->Pictures->Screenshots.
3rd Method: Using Alt + PrtScn
In Windows, you can also use the Alt + PrtScn, and this will take a screenshot of the active window. Then you can open Paint or any other image editing application, paste the image and save it to your computer.
4th Method: Using Windows + Shift + S (Available In Windows 10 Only)
If you run Windows 10 on your computer, then you should know that by pressing the Windows + Shift + S keys, you will capture a region of your screen and copy it to your clipboard. Keep in mind that you will have the possibility to manually select the region that you want to copy, which is great as you won’t need an application to do that.
As you already know, after that, you will need to paste the picture in Paint and save the file on your computer.
Bonus: How To Take A Screenshot On A Windows Tablet
If you own a Windows tablet, then you won’t have a keyboard with a “PrtScn” button available. You have the ability to use the Snipping Tool, but that might not be too handy to use on a tablet. Instead, you will need to use the hardware buttons that are available on your tablet. To take a full-screen screenshot on your device, you will have to press the Windows Logo + Volume Down keys simultaneously.
- Make sure that whatever you want to capture is currently displaying on the screen (we decided to take a screenshot of Technobezz’s home page)
- Press and hold the Power button and the Volume down button at the same time
- You will see an animation on the screen, meaning the screenshot has been taken
iPhone and iPad
- Make sure that whatever you want to capture is currently displaying on the screen of your iPhone.
- Press and hold the sleep/wake button and then press the Home button (just press it, don’t hold it)
- The screenshot will be taken.
- You can find the screenshot you just captured in the Photos app.
How to take screenshots on your iPhone and iPad if a Power button or the Home button on your device isn’t working?
iOS comes with AssistiveTouch, which is very useful when the Home button is not working. It allows you to control your device easily. You will have to enable this feature first:
- Navigate to Settings > General
- Tap Accessibility
- Enable AssistiveTouch by toggling the switch
- As soon as you enable AssistiveTouch, the AssistiveTouch menu will appear
- You can drag the square to any edge of your iPhone’s or iPad’s screen.
To take screenshots:
- Make sure that whatever you want to capture is currently on the screen
- Tap on the AssitiveTouch menu (the square) to open it
- Next, tap Device
- Tap More
- Tap “Screenshot”
- Once you tap the screenshot, the menu will disappear, and the screenshot will be taken.
- The screenshot is saved, and you can find it in the Photos app.