How Do You Take a Screenshot on a PC


Screenshot as a quick and efficient utility, nowadays, is popular among people. No matter in smartphone or pc, we usually use screenshot for it provides a simple way to take a snapshot of application window or the entire display. By this way, you can share what you are doing with your pc in an image to your friends or help them to deal with some “how-to” problem, without to download any external software. Luckily, this useful skill is very easy to get. With pc’s several built-in utilities for capturing and saving screenshots, you can get a snapshot by clicking a few keyboards away.
No matter windows or mac, this article will tell you how to take a screenshot through several simple ways.


Taking an entire screenshot
To take an entire screenshot is very simple. On windows, only press one Print Screen key and then you can get it. Generally, you can find the Print Screen key shown as Prtscn at the upper right of your keyboard. However, Print Screen might have been abbreviated differently on your keyboard. For instance, it may be abbreviated as PrtSc at some keyboard in order to save space.
Attention should be paid is that you will not receive any confirmation when the screenshot has been taken. So the next step you should do is to paste the screenshot so that you can see it. The most common way to paste it is into a Paint file. This will allow you to save it as an image file that can be transferred to others. For your convenience sake, I’d like to present the whole process in a brief but apparent way:
Step1: press PrtScn
Step2: click Start to open Paint
Step3: hold down Ctrl and press V to paste your screenshot
Step4: click File, and then save to set the name and file type of the image.


Note: if your pc is windows 8 or windows 10, you can save a full-screenshot directly to a file by pressing Windows + PrtScn without having to paste it into another program first. The screenshot will saved in PNG format in your Picture folder. If the screenshot does not exist, Windows will create one.

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To take a whole display on Mac is also very simple. Hold down Command and Shift and press 3# then your Mac capture the entire screen and save it as a file on the desktop. Assuming you don’t need a file, you can hold down Ctrl together with any of the combinations above so that your Mac takes a screenshot and copies it to the clipboard instead of saving it as a file. Similarly, you should hold down Command and press V to paste it into a document or image you are currently editing. Briefly, it can be shown as:
Hold down Command and press Shift + 3#


Taking a one Window Screenshot
Most of time, what you need to share is only a partial of your screen; there is another way to help you get one window on your screen.
Step1: click the Window that you want to capture an image of an “active” window on your screen. In other words, it should be in front of all your other windows.
Step2: hold down Alt and press PrtScr. By this simple way, an image of the window will be copied to the clipboard, without receiving any confirmation.
Step3: paste the screenshot in the same way as pasting an entire screenshot.
Only three steps you now have a partial screenshot. And you can click File to save it or share it!


Undoubtedly, your Mac can capture a partial screenshot as well. This can be done by holding down Command and Shift and press 4$. To specify what to capture, you should use your mouse to draw a rectangle or press the Spacebar and click something. Equally, your Mac will save it as a file on the desktop.
Though the built-in screen capture utility in windows works well enough, it’s not the most robust or versatile. If you’re not satisfied with it, the Snipping Tool is another built-in windows utility that allows you to better define and capture portions of your desktop display as screenshot. What’s more, here are countless screen utilities floating around on the web, both for windows and Mac. You can be easy to choose one suitable for you.


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