Tips & Tricks: Capturing the screen

Tips & Tricks: Capturing the screen

January 8, 2007

Someday, for reasons only you will understand, you will need to grab a picture of your computer screen. Here’s how to do it:

Windows XP

Capture your screen shot to the Clipboard memory by pressing the Print Screen button  – above the Home and End keys on most keyboards. To capture only the active window, press Alt Print Screen.

Now you can paste it into a Word document or an image editing program. Open the program such as Paint (StartProgramsAccessoriesPaint) and select “Paste” from the Edit menu. You can edit and then save the image with the “Save As…” command in the File menu. In Photoshop, choose “Paste as new image” from the Edit menu. Or place your cursor in the appropriate spot in your Word document and press Ctrl V.

CommandShift3. To capture a specific region, press CommandShift 4, click and drag the cursor to highlight the area you want to capture, and lift your finger. In either case, your Mac will automatically drop the screenshot on your desktop as a .png file (.pdf in Jaguar).

Oh, and ControlCommandShift 3 (or 4) copies the capture into your Clipboard memory instead to paste wherever you want.