Having screenshots from specific windows, web pages, movie scenes, etc. is a good idea when you want to stress the importance of a particular visual material. This blog post will guide you through different methods of taking screenshots on both Windows and Mac machines.
Let us begin with taking a screenshot off the entire screen of a Windows machine
Step 1) Prepare your screen. Organize the visual items in the manner you wish them to be captured.
Step 2) On your keyboard, find the button titled "Print Screen" and press it.
If you are using a standard Windows keyboard, please see the location of the button on the picture below:
If you are using a Mac keyboard, while running Windows on your machine, please see the location of the button (F14) on the picture below:
Now, there are two ways to proceed to the next step. All Trinity College Windows platforms have "PrintKey 2000" installed. This is an easy to work with software solution that would enable you to take screenshots. If you, however, do not have a copy of this program, there is a different way through which you can save your screenshots.
In steps 3a and 4a, "PrintKey 2000" will be used. In steps 3b and 4b, a different, universal method will be used.
Step 3a) A "PrintKey 2000" program launches on your computer. It has taken the screenshot.
Step 4a) Proceed to saving the screenshot. Click on the "Save" button, located at the top left side of the program.
Would you like to take a screenshot of a certain area on your screen only?
Once you have clicked on the "Print Screen" button and the "PrintKey 2000" program has launched, you may select the "Rectangular" tool from the menu in the top of the PrintKey 2000 program.
When you have clicked on the "Rectangular" tool, with your mouse, you can draw a rectangle around the area you wish to take a screenshot of.
Step 3b) Open MS Paint.
Step 4b) Go to Edit>Paste. You screenshot appears on the white sheet. You can save the screenshot from File>Save.
Let us have a look at taking screenshots on a Mac platform
There are four different ways of taking screenshots on Mac machines. Three of the ways require use of keyboard combinations, and one of the ways lets you use a software product.
Combination 1) Command-Shift-3
When you click on Command, then Shift, and then 3, a screenshot of your entire screen is taken. This means that you need to have your visual items arranged prior to selecting the combination.
Combination 2) Command-Shift-4
When you click on Command, then Shift, and then 4, you can draw a rectangle, with your mouse, around the area you wish to take a screenshot of.
Combination 3) Command-Shift-4-Space
When you click on Command, then Shift, then 4, and then Space, your mouse cursor turns into a camera. You can click with the camera on a specific window that you want the screenshot of.
*All screenshots taken with keyboard combinations are automatically saved to your Desktop.
Taking screenshots with Grab on Mac
Step 1) Start "Grab". You can find the program in your "Applications" folder.
Step 2) Go to the "Capture" menu of Grab, at the top of the screen.
a) "Selection" gives you the opportunity to select an area of your screen
b) "Window" lets you take a screenshot of a particular window on your screen
c) "Screen" gives you the ability to take a screenshot of your entire screen
d) "Timed Screen" lets you take a screenshot with a 10-second time delay. This option is perfect for use when you need to move or select an object right before the screenshot is taken.
Once you have taken the screenshot, it will appear on your screen. To save it, go to Grab: File>Save