So you need a screenshot of what you’re doing. Perhaps something funny or something for tech support, etc. Basically, you want to take a picture of your screen (hence, screenshot). It’s a simple, painless process.
In Windows XP:
- Pull up what you want to take a screenshot of.
- Hit the Print Screen key. It’s one of those strange keys near the top-left side of the keyboard. (It really does have a purpose!)
- Open up Paint (Commonly found at: Start->All Programs->Accessories).
- Paste the image into Paint, either from Edit->Paste or Ctrl-V.
You can do a bunch of things in Paint. You can save the whole image, crop it to save only a section, or perform basic editing functions. Any other image editor works too, but you’ll need to know how to use it.
In Mac OS
You have a number of neat options in Mac OS. They all involve the Command (4-squiggle) key.
- To take an instant shot of the entire screen, hit Command-Shift-3, and an image should appear on the desktop. Simple.
- To take a shot of a certain area, hit Command-Shift-4. The cursor should change to a crosshair, then click-and-hold and drag over the area you want. Let go when you’ve highlighted the proper area. (If you’re not familiar with this, it’ll take one or two tries to figure out exactly what it’s doing.)
- To take a shot of an application window, again hit Command-Shift-4, then hit Spacebar. Your cursor will turn to a camera. Highlight the right window, then click to take the screenshot.