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How to take a screenshot

Screenhots in Windows with the Snipping tool or PrintScreen. Macs do not have a Print Screen button, so how can you take a screen shot? How about Linux?

Windows

Choice 1: Using the snipping tool

  1. Open the Start menu and type Snipping tool in the search field. Select the tool.
  2. Click the little arrow next to New and choose what kind of a screenshot you want to take (free-form, rectangular, window, full-screen) and choose the area that you want to have in the screenshot.
  3. Save the snip by clicking the disc icon.

    More instructions for the tool in Microsoft web site.

Choice 2: Using Print Screen button (PrintScr)

  1. Click the Print Screen button.
  2. Open a picture editor (e.g. Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> Paint)
  3. In the Home tab choose Paste.
  4. Edit the image if necessary and save. 
  5. NB! Alt+PrintScreen takes a screenshot of the active window.

Linux

  1. Use the PrintScreen button to take the whole desktop (is be saved as a .png file).
  2. To take a screenshot of the active window, use Alt + Print Screen (is be saved as a .png file).
  3. To take a free-form snip, use Shift+PrintScreen and choose the snip with the left button of your mouse (is be saved as a .png file).
  4. To take a screenshot of the desktop to the clipboard (not saved) use Ctrl+PrintScreen.
The screenshots are saved in the Pictures folder in your home drive as .png files. Double click the file to open it in Shotwell for editing.

 

Mac

In Mac OS X you can use the following commands:

    • Cmd + shift + 3: takes a screenshot of the whole desktop (is saved in the desktop as a .png file).
    • Cmd + shift + 4: lets you select an area that you want to capture (is saved in the desktop as a .png file).
    • Cmd + Shift + Control + 4 = lets you select an area that you want and captures it to the clipboard (not saved).
    • Cmd + Shift + Control + 3 = captures the screen to the clipboard (not saved).