How to Make Computer Screenshots




This is so simple.
The shot below is my XP that looks like vista. To do this click on this or type it:
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Step 1: Programs Needed

You need the following programs:
Microsoft Paint
A Keyboard

Step 2: Taking the Shot

Now all you have to do is press the buttons Alt+Print Screen. On laptops to conserve space say Pnt Screen.

Step 3: Getting the Image

Now all that's left is to open paint and scroll over Edit and hit paste. should get the image. Depending what you want to do with it, save it as a Jpeg or Bitmap file.

Step 4: Good Uses

Some good uses are uploading on instructables, posting on Blogs and other stuff, and many other uses. Have fun with your picture!!!

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    14 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Aside from pressing "PrtScn" button to take computer screenshots, you can also make use of the Windows built-in screenshot tool - Snipping Tool. It enables to snapshot anything displayed on screen and edit it by adding annotations. Learn more here:


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a funny screenshot that I managed to get (read top line of pop up window) , and I got this by updating the computer and removing the program so that only the shortcut was left.


    if you have Microsoft office Onenote you can hit the windows start menu key + S, to get a somewhat "hazed" screen. then you use the to click and drag until what you want is inside the box. after that the screen clipping will be sent to the unfiled notes section in Onenote where you can put in a "notebook" or right click and save as a picture.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Step 3.5: Save as a .PNG (or a .BMP if you must), not as a .GIF (will screw up the colours) or a .JPG (less said the better- MS Paint ruins any JPEGs containing fine detail like text). If you upload PNG files to Instructables it automatically converts them to JPEG and does it a lot better than Paint can.

    Alternatively paste and save the file with something like Paint.NET, GIMP or Photoshop that can save JPEGs without horrible compression artifacts.

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    Erik Lindemann

    10 years ago on Step 2

    Alt is not necessary. Alt takes a screenshot of the current window, while hitting the Print Screen button takes a screenshot of the entire screen.

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