Taking a Screenshot

If we ask you to send us a screen shot... here's how for both Windows based PCs as well as Macs: 

Note that Macs have a built in tool for screenshots.  Details can be found below or by going to https://support.apple.com/ and searching for screenshot.

First for Windows:

Windows Snipping Tool allows you to take a screenshot of an area of your screen.

To find it, you can click on the Start menu icon (lower left).  If you're using Windows 7 or earlier, just begin typing 'Snipping Tool' in the search dialog at the bottom of the Start menu and Windows will show the utility at the top.  If you're using Windows 8 or higher, you can just begin typing in the area above the Start button.

On my computer, I've chosen to right-click on the name and then click 'Pin to Start Menu' as it's something I use quite often.  But if you'd rather not have it appear each time in your Start menu, you can just click on the utility in the menu bar for a one-time use.

Once you've opened Snipping Tool, you'll notice that your screen becomes translucent, as though there were a film over your screen.  Your cursor will become a plus symbol, and you can then use your mouse or glide pad to click and draw a rectangle around the area of your screen you wish to capture.

When you've finished drawing, the area you've outlined now exists in your 'clipboard', i.e., you could go to an e-mail or another application like Word and paste (CTRL+V) the image.  You can also use File + Save_As and save the image as a .JPG file if you wish to attach the image or edit it in some manner.

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Take a screenshot on your Mac

You can capture the entire screen, a window, or just a portion of the screen.

 

How to take a screenshot on your Mac

  1. To take a screenshot, press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 3. 
  2. If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

How to capture a portion of the screen

  1. Press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 4.
  2. Drag the crosshair  to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.

How to capture a window or menu

  1. Open the window or menu that you want to capture.
  2. Press and hold these keys together: Shift, Command, 4, and Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera icon . To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.
  3. Click the window or menu to capture it. To exclude the window's shadow from the screenshot, press and hold the Option key while you click.
  4. If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

Where to find screenshots

By default, screenshots save to your desktop with the name ”Screen Shot [date] at [time].png.”

In macOS Mojave or later, you can change the default location of saved screenshots from the Options menu in the Screenshot app. You can also drag the thumbnail to a folder or document.

 

 

 

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