Yahoo! recently released it’s year in review “Top Searches For 2013,” and I saw that their #5 most searched for question was “How to Take a Screenshot”!
Sometimes it is the simplest things that give us the biggest headaches. Grabbing a screen shot is not difficult on your Mac, PC, or iOS device, let’s take a look.
How to Take a Screenshot from your Mac:
- Holding down Command (⌘), shift, and then pressing the 3 key will capture your entire screen and place that image on your desktop
- Holding down Command (⌘), shift, and then pressing the 4 key will allow you to use your mouse to capture a specific area of your screen and place that image on your desktop
- Holding down the control key while doing any of the above shortcuts will not save the image to your desktop, rather it will hold it on your clipboard ready for you to paste. (to past press “Command” and “V”).
How to Take a Screenshot from your PC:
- Simply press the print screen button, it probably says “PrtScr.” Here is an image of the PC key location.
- That is it, however it will not save to your desktop, it will only be on your clipboard. You will need to open an image editor like Photoshop or the built in MS Paint and hit “Control” and “V” to paste.
How to Take a Screenshot from your iOS Device:
- Hold the power button and the home button
- Find it in your Photos app.
If you want to take a screen shot from your Android phone ask a friend with an iPhone to use their camera app, snap a picture, and email it to you. Some Android phones need to be rooted (cracked) to screen capture, and other simply depend on its make, model, and OS.
I hope this makes you the expert the next time you hear someone ask, “How to take a screen shot of my…”