How To Take A Screenshot With Your Computer?

Taking pictures, that’s easy. But taking a screenshot of your computer screen? A mouse click is always the same: There’s no difference between any computers, you just use your cursor. Taking a screenshot, though, varies from computer type to computer type. But no worries, no matter if you’re a Windows or MacOS user, I can show you how to do it.

Screenshots with Apple Computers

With an Apple computer, it’s always the same way – no matter if you use a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro or Mac mini. To do so, you’ve several options.

For all options, except the first and last one, press “Esc” (Escape) before the final step to cancel the process.
  1. Screenshot of the entire screen:
    • Press: cmd + shift + 3 

      This screenshot will be saved as a .png file on your desktop and automatically named: “Screen Shot date at time.png”.

    • Press: cmd + ctrl + shift + 3 

      This screenshot will be copied as a .png file in the clipboard. Press cmd+V or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in a document/folder etc.

  2. Screenshot of a specific area of the screen:
    • Press: cmd + shift + 4 

      The cursor will change to a crosshair cursor. Select the area you want to take the picture of by pressing and holding the cursor until you have everything selected and release it.
      If you want, you can hold alt while selecting to change the way the selection moves.
      This screenshot will be saved as a .png file on your desktop and automatically named: “Screen Shot date at time.png”.

    • Press: cmd + ctrl + shift + 4The cursor will have changed to a crosshair cursor. Select the area you want to take the picture of by pressing and holding the cursor until you have everything selected and release it.
      If you want, you can hold alt while selecting to change the way the selection moves.
      This screenshot will be copied as a .png file in the clipboard. Press cmd+V or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in a document/folder etc.
  3. Screenshot of a certain window:
    • Press: cmd + shift + 4, then space bar 

      A little camera will replace the cursor, drag it over the window you want to have the screenshot from and then click.
      This screenshot will be saved as a .png file on your desktop and automatically named: “Screen Shot date at time.png”.

    • Press: cmd + ctrl + shift + 4, then space bar 

      A little camera will replace the cursor, drag it over the window you want to have the screenshot from and then click.
      This screenshot will be copied as a .png file in the clipboard. Press cmd+V or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in a document/folder etc.

  4. Screenshot of the Touch Bar (if you have one):
    • Press: cmd + shift + 6 

      This screenshot will be saved as a .png file on your desktop and automatically named: “Screen Shot date at time.png”.

    • Press: cmd + ctrl + shift + 6 

      This screenshot will be copied as a .png file in the clipboard. Press cmd+V or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in a document/folder etc.

 

Screenshots with Windows Computers

Windows computers have two different options to take a screenshot.

  1. Screenshot of the entire screen:
    Press: [prt sc] or  [print screen] or [print] or [druck]This screenshot will be copied to the clipboard. Press [ctrl] + [V] or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in Paint (to save it as a picture)/ a document/ folder etc.
  2. Screenshot of a certain window:
    Press: [alt gr] + [prt sc] until Windows 7 OR
    Press: [alt] + [prt sc] from Windows 8.1This screenshot will be copied to the clipboard. Press [ctrl] + [V] or select via right-hand click “Paste” to insert the picture in Paint (to save it as a picture)/ a document/ folder etc.

 

And that’s it!
If you know any other options to take screenshots with computers, share it with us in the comments.

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