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How to Take Screenshots on Almost Any Device

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by ireland, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. ireland

    ireland Active member

    Nov 28, 2002
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    How to Take Screenshots on Almost Any Device

    Screenshots are a great way to prove a point, build a case, or just send someone something interesting on your screen. If you don’t know how to take screenshots, then you’re really missing out.

    All the major platforms now support easy screenshots. This hasn’t always been the case, especially for Windows users. Windows users have always been able to take a snap of their screen by pressing the “PrtScn” (Print Screen) button, which would capture the screen’s output to the clipboard. However, from there, you usually had to load an intermediary application (MS Paint, for example) to paste it into, and then save it to a file.

    With Windows 8.1, it’s quite a bit easier, but that’s case for everything now – Android, Mac OS X, and iOS alike – all have basic procedures that make screenshots a breeze.

    Windows 8.1
    Any Windows version previous to 8 or 8.1, is going to use the old school PrtScn-Paste-Save method described earlier. Of course, you can always use a screenshot program and that solves the problem to a large extent. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft finally introduced native screenshot operations, meaning that as soon as you take a screenshot, it is saved to the hard drive as a file.

    The three main Windows screenshot methods are as follows:

    “PrtScn” copies the screenshot to the clipboard. “Windows + PrtScn” takes a screenshot, which is then saved to the user’s Pictures/Screenshots folder.


  2. 2oldGeek

    2oldGeek Active member

    Jun 16, 2005
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    With as many screen shots that I see, taken with a camera, I guess no one knows that windows has a snipping tool.... o_O

    Snipping Tool is a screenshooting utility included in Windows Vista and later. It can take screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area, or the entire screen. Snips can then be annotated using a mouse or a tablet, stored as an image file (PNG, GIF, or JPEG file) or an MHTML file, or e-mailed. Snipping Tool allows for basic image editing of the snapshot, with different colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.

    Before Windows Vista, Snipping Tool was included in Experience Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. It was originally released as a PowerToy for the Microsoft Tablet PC launch on November 7, 2002.

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