Screen capture

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Screen capture, also called Print Screen, is a feature on computers that allow you to “take a picture” of anything on your screen.

Windows Print Screen

One of the functions of the Print Screen/SysRq key is to take a snapshot or picture of your computer screen and copy it to the clipboard. Its the same thing as if you copied something from a document and it is now on your clipboard waiting to be pasted in its final destination.

  1. To copy/capture the current window, hold down ALT + Print Scrn at the same time. To capture the entire screen, just press Print Scrn.
  2. Open a new document in MS Word, MS Paint, MS Photo Editor, or Adobe PhotoShop.
  3. Paste the screen shot by holding down CTRL and V at the same time.

Snipping Tool can also be used to create a snapshot in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Mac Print Screen

  • Command-Shift-3: capture screen to file
  • Command-FN-Shift-3: capture screen to clipboard
  • Command-Shift-4: capture selection to file. Note: the cursor changes into a special cross-hairs for drawing a rectangle over the area you want to capture.
    • If you click on the Space-Bar with this special cross-hair over a dialog box or screen object, it will automatically select it; the cursor changes to a "camera" icon; mouse down to "click" it and capture that item.
  • Command-FN-Shift-4: capture selection to clipboard