How To Screenshot On Desktop Computer
Taking screenshots on a desktop computer is a useful skill that allows users to capture save images of their screen. Whether you need to capture a memorable moment from a video document an error message or share important information with others screenshots can come in handy in various situations. In this article we will guide you through the different methods of taking screenshots on a desktop computer.
1. Using the Print Screen (PrtScn) Key
The Print Screen key often abbreviated as PrtScn or PrtSc is a feature available on most desktop computers that allows you to capture a screenshot of your entire screen. Follow these steps to use this method:
a. Locate the Print Screen key on your keyboard. It is usually labeled as “PrtScn” or something similar.
b. Press the Print Screen key to capture a screenshot of the entire desktop.
c. Open an image editor program such as Microsoft Paint or Adobe Photoshop.
d. Press “Ctrl” + “V” or go to Edit -> Paste to paste the screenshot into the image editor.
e. Save the image in your preferred format (e.g. JPG or PNG) by going to File -> Save As.
2. Using Alt + Print Screen
If you only want to capture the contents of the active window rather than the whole screen you can use the Alt + Print Screen method. This method is particularly useful when you have multiple windows open want to focus on a specific one. Follow these steps to use this method:
a. Click on the window you want to capture to make it the active window.
b. Hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard.
c. While holding “Alt” press the Print Screen (PrtScn) key.
d. Open an image editor program as described in the previous method paste the screenshot.
e. Save the image in your preferred format.
3. Snipping Tool (Windows)
If you are using a Windows operating system there is a built-in tool called the Snipping Tool that offers more advanced screenshot options. This tool allows you to capture a specific area a window the entire screen or even take a delayed screenshot. Here’s how to use it:
a. Search for the Snipping Tool in the Windows search bar open it.
b. In the Snipping Tool window click on “New” to start a new snip.
c. Depending on your choice select the desired snipping type from the drop-down menu.
d. Click drag the cursor to select the area you want to capture.
e. The captured snippet will automatically open in the Snipping Tool editor.
f. In the editor you can make annotations highlight areas or even save the screenshot directly.
Mastering the art of taking screenshots on a desktop computer can greatly enhance your productivity allow you to effectively communicate visual information with others. Whether you use the Print Screen key Alt + Print Screen or the advanced Snipping Tool on Windows capturing screenshots has never been easier. Experiment with these methods become proficient in screenshotting to make the most out of your desktop computer experience.