An Apple Macbook | Photo by Carlos Muza on Unsplash

How to Take A Screenshot on Any Computer or Smartphone

How to take a screenshot. Many things are actually very easy to do, but most people do not know. Have you ever done a screenshot? Some devices have screenshot mechanisms that are different from each other, but some are the same. Here is a quick list how to screenshot:

Microsoft Windows:

Windows on Android | Picture from Pixabay
Windows on Android | Picture from Pixabay

How to take a screenshot of entire screen (Windows 8 and Windows 10)

  1. Press prtscn. Usually located on the top left corner. A different manufacturer may label prt-sc or similar.
  2. Done! Screenshots are saved in Screenshots folder in Pictures folder.

How to take a screenshot of entire screen (All versions)

  1. Press Print Screen or PrtSc.
  2. Open Paint.
  3. Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into Paint.
  4. Press Ctrl + S to save the screenshot into the desired location.

How to take a screenshot of a window (All versions)

  1. Activate the application window by clicking it.
  2. Hold Alt while simultaneously press Print Screen or PrtSc.
  3. Open Paint.
  4. Press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot into Paint.
  5. Press Ctrl + S to save the screenshot into the desired location.

How to take a screenshot with Snipping Tool (Windows 7 and Above)

  1. Open Snipping Tool. It’is under Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories.
  2. You know what to do. 🙂

How to take a screenshot with Lighshot (Download here)

  1. Press Print Screen or PrtSc or prtscn.
  2. Modify it. Add lines, arrows, boxes, or texts.
  3. Click Save icon.

Apple MacOS:

Macbook Pro | Pixabay
Macbook Pro | Pixabay

How to take a screenshot of entire screen

  1. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 3.
  2. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a selected portion of screen

  1. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 4.
  2. Select an area you want to start the screenshot by clicking start location and drag it to end location.
  3. When you have selected the area you want, release it. Or press the Esc (Escape) key to cancel.
  4. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a window

  1. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 4.
  2. Press the Space Bar. The cursor should change to a camera.
  3. Move the camera to a window to highlight it.
  4. Click your mouse or trackpad button. Or press the Esc to cancel.
  5. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a menu contents

  1. Click the menu to reveals its contents.
  2. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 4.
  3. Drag to select the menu.
  4. Release your mouse or trackpad button. Or press the Esc key to cancel.
  5. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of a menu with its titles

  1. Click the menu to reveals its contents.
  2. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 4.
  3. Press the Space Bar. The cursor should change to a camera.
  4. Move the camera over the menu to highlight it.
  5. Click your mouse or trackpad button. Or press the Esc key to cancel.
  6. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

How to take a screenshot of the touch bar (Only Mac with Touch Bar and MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later)

  1. Press Shift + Command (⌘) + 6.
  2. Find the screenshot file on your desktop.

Android:

Android Phone | Pixabay
Android Phone | Pixabay

Because of large diversity in Android family and manufacturer, here are most popular ways to take a screenshot on an Android.

  1. Press and hold both the power and volume down buttons for 2 seconds. Samsung phones may slightly different. Press and hold the power and home button.
  2. Screen flashing and the notifications appear. Indicating screenshot was taken.
  3. Your screenshot will appears in your phone’s photo gallery app.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

iPad and iPhone | Pixabay
iPad and iPhone | Pixabay
  1. Press and hold your device’s Top or Side button.
  2. Immediately click or tap the home button. Then release the Top or Side button.
  3. In iOS11, a thumbnail of your screenshot appears in the lower left corner. Tap it to add drawing and text markup.
  4. Your screenshot will appears in the Photos app.

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