We have now covered the most basic methods to take screenshots in Windows and on a Mac.

With both types of computers, there are two main ways to capture screenshots:

  • Using keyboard shortcuts and
  • Using a built-in utility/application

Because Windows and Mac are different, the keyboard shortcuts and utilities used are different. Although, the processes are very similar - from getting your screen ready and capturing the screen, to saving the resulting image.

In most instances, you would need to choose what method is best for you. Ask yourself:

  • Do I need to capture the whole screen?
  • Do I need to capture only a portion of my screen?
  • Do I need to choose a specific file type?
  • Where do I save the image to and what do I call it?

For me, a 'Windows 7 Professional' user, I usually follow these keyboard shortcuts to create a whole screen capture.

  • 'PrtSc' (copy image into clipboard)
  • Windows Button -> Type in 'Paint' and push Enter (to open Paint)
  • Ctrl+V (to paste screenshot into Paint)
  • Ctrl+S -> Type in file name -> Push Enter (to save the file)
  • Alt+F4 (to close the Paint window/application)

If needed, I would edit the image in Paint before saving it. Although, this does require some mouse-action!

I am no screenshot professional but I hope this tutorial has helped you in some way. If you have any questions or other comments, please feel free to leave them below. If you have come across an error or would like to point out an inaccuracy, please let me know so that I can update the tutorial.

To your screenshot success - happy capturing!

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mightypaul1 Premium
very excellent useful and helpful tutorial=)
golf1800s Premium
Thank you - glad to help!
choppydo Premium
Just came across this. Awesome stuff Ryan, now I'll never be hurting for images for my bootcamp site. Thanks for the training!
golf1800s Premium
Good stuff! I hope your bootcamp screenshots are a hit ;)
mrbill74 Premium
I've always used the Prt Scrn option and then Paint for the beautification process, but it looks like this Snipping Tool can be helpful as well. Thanks for the great post!
golf1800s Premium
Always a pleasure :) Yes, the Snipping Tool is very convenient, especially when perusing around the computer, you just want to grab or cut something out - much like grabbing a scissors when paging through a magazine. Which reminds me... I haven't done that in YEARS - the Snipping Tool is my digital scissors!
Easy to follow and understand tutorial. Good job.
golf1800s Premium
Thanks Meredith :)
reefswimmer Premium
Hey, Ryan, thanks for this. The screenshots especially were helpful!

When I do a screenshot, its usually to email it right away to one person. So the quicker the better. The prntScr option in Windows just takes so many steps and reveals everything on my screen at the time, unless I take further time and curate it.

I use the Snipping tool . Easier, I think, and right to the point.

I'll try hyperdesktop today and see if I like it.

Nice to know alternatives.
golf1800s Premium
Aloha reefswimmer! Hope you managed with hyperdesktop? Perhaps you can write your own blog review about it, or even create a nice tutorial on how to use it :)