How to Take a Picture of Your Computer Screen!!

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Introduction: How to Take a Picture of Your Computer Screen!!

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This instructable will show you a quick and easy way to take a picture of your computer screen and save it on your computer

Step 1: Take a Screenshot

1. Press the Prt Sc key on your keyboard

  • This will take a screenshot of your computer screen and save it to the clipboard
  • For some computers it will be just the Prt Sc key and for other computers you will need to press the Fn key at the same time

Step 2: Open Paint

Windows 7 or Earlier

1. Method #1 : Start Menu

  • Go to the Start Menu
  • Double Click on the icon to open the program

2. Method #2 : Desktop

  • Go to your Desktop
  • Double Click on the icon to open the program

Windows 8 or 8.1

1. Method #1 : Side Bar

  • Go to the Side Bar
  • Click on Search
  • Type in Paint
  • Click on the icon to open the program

2. Method #2 : Start Menu

  • Go to the start menu
  • Click on the downward arrow in the bottom left corner
  • Type Paint in the search box
  • Click on the program to open it
  • Instead of searching you can also scroll over until you find the program

    Step 3: Paste Screenshot

    1.Press Ctrl + V on keyboard

    • This will paste the screenshot you just took into paint

    Step 4: Save Screenshot

    1. Go to File

    2. Go to Save as

    3. Select the format you want

    • PNG
    • JPEG
    • BMP
    • GIF
    • JPEG (best format)

    4. Type in what you would like to save the picture as

    5. Click Save

    6. Exit Paint

    a) Method #1 : Menu

    • Go to the drop down menu
    • Select Exit at the bottom

    b) Method #2 : X

    • Click on the X in the top right corner

    Step 5: Open Screenshot

    1. Go to Pictures

    • Double Click on Recycle Bin to open it
    • Double Click on Pictures

    - Your Screenshot should be saved here

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      Nice tutorial, by the way have you tried screen cap tool such as Snagit, Fireshot, Jing, or Free Screen Capture? Are they more effective?

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      Sorry didn't see this until now, no I haven't actually tried those before

      And if you press alt+printscreen, you take a screenshot of the active window.

      Snipping tool might be a better choice (available in Windows 7 and up). Easier to use and more customizable