Take a screenshot of your screen!!

17 Jun
Many people don’t know this. Infact, I too came to know about this a lot later!   “You can actually take a screenshot/ snapshot/ a photo of your current screen without installing any software!”

And this can be simply done by a very much ignored key on your keyboard.

The “Print screen” often shared with “SysRq” botton

Step By Step:

  • Open the page that you want to take a screenshot of.
  • If you want to snapshot the whole screen, just click “Print Screen”/”SysReq”
  • Or if you want to snapshot just the open window, click “Alt+ PrintScreen“, i.e, hold “Alt” while clicking “print screen”.
  • Now open a new MS Paint document ( Start -> Programs -> Accesories -> Paint )  Note: you can even use Ms Word!
  • Now click on Edit menu and then  select Paste (or just press Ctrl + V )
  • Done, your image is in front of you. Just save the paint document (Ctrl+S)

A Sample Screenshot of my screen: (Click to view full size)

Sample screenshot

So, Enjoy snapshotting your screen!

Note: If you have “picasa web album” installed and running, then as soon as you click “print screen” image will be saved and the next steps can be skipped!


6 Responses to “Take a screenshot of your screen!!”

  1. phoxis June 25, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    fortunately it is easier here, pressing the print screen button automatically captures and asks where to save the image and also gives option to crop or select a portion of a window.

    • skshoyeb June 25, 2010 at 5:37 am #

      Thanx bro
      May be it happens easier in your system.
      But its not same for all! Atleast in my system.
      Its good if it is easier.But I guess we must cover the info compatible for most users.

      thanx for the info anywayz!

      • phoxis June 25, 2010 at 11:02 am #

        ya i used to take screenshots with that mechanism, its very good, but when i needed to take a lot of screen shots it was painful.

      • skshoyeb June 26, 2010 at 9:56 am #

        ya, i understand that. But as you said earlier, that it automatically gives the crop option.It would be very useful.But, Its not happening in my system. Did you change any settings for that. Or is your OS different??
        Reply would be very thankful!!

  2. phoxis June 27, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    Probably there are some softwares in windows to enable these features, but generally if you are using KDE under any GNU+Linux then you would get the screen capture by default. Its very useful taking screenshots and making some guide demonstrated with screenshots.

    • skshoyeb June 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

      Ok, As you said, there are softwares that enable features.. But (for windows users), I prefer to download and keep the “picassa” application active when you press “printscreen”. The image gets saved in a folder named ‘Screen Captures’ – “\My Documents\My Pictures\Picasa\Screen Captures”)

      And yeah! screenshots are very useful.

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