Here’s an article on how to take a screenshot on any devices, no matter the platform including Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Ubuntu and mobile operating systems (iOS, Android).
Take a screenshot on Mac is nothing new, in fact, there are so many people are wondering how to get this job done because there is no “Print Screen” key on your Mac keyboard. Screenshots on your Mac are awesome for showing a tutorial, a great moment of videos, high scores from Games, a problem you need help or even conversations on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
How To Take a Screenshot on a Mac
Take a screenshot on Mac is super simpler than Windows OS. You can use the built-in keyboard shortcuts, app or the third-party applications for taking a screenshot on Mac.
Using The Built-in Keyboard Shortcuts
1. To capture your entire screen
Step 1: Open the screen of the app you need to take a screenshot.
Step 2: Press the Command (⌘) + Shift + 3 at the same time.
You’ll hear a short camera shutter sound if your MacBook’s sound is turned on. Your screenshot will be saved as in .png format and labeled with the date and time: ScreenShot [Date + Time] on your Desktop.
Step 3: Once you have taken your screenshot, they are now ready to be opened and shared with another application.
2. To capture a part of your screen
Step 1: Open all apps and windows you want to take a screenshot
Step 2: Press the Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 at the same time. The cursor will be switched to a crosshair pointer.
Just select an area that you need on the screen, then release your mouse or trackpad. To Cancel this, press Escape button (ESC) before you select area. You should certainly hear a short camera shutter sound if your Mac’s sound is turned on.
- You can hold down the Option button to adjust the lock point to the center of the area.
- Press and hold the Shift button to lock all of the sides but the one in the direction you’re presently moving.
Step 3: Then, you can see the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop with the name Screen Shot [Date + Time].
Step 4: Double-click on the screenshot to view and share it with Preview or right-click on it and select Open With to share it with another application you want.
3. To capture a specific Mac App window
Step 1: Open the app window you want to take a screenshot.
Step 2: Press Command (⌘) + Shift + 4 and Spacebar. The cursor will turn into a camera icon.
Step 3: Place this camera icon to anywhere of the window which you want to take a screenshot. The selected window will turn into the tinted blue.
Step 4: Just click your mouse or trackpad to take a screenshot. To Cancel, press Escape (ESC) before you click. You’ll hear a short camera shutter, and the screenshot will save on your desktop in .png format, with the name: Screen Shot [Date + Time].
More: This method can be used for taking a screenshot of a specific dropdown menu and even your Dock on Mac.
4. To save a Screenshot directly to the Mac Clipboard
Step 1: Set up the exactly screenshot which you wanted the results saved to your desktop.
Step 2: There are two options as well.
Press and hold the Command + Shift + Control + 3 at the same time to copy the entire screen of your Mac to your Clipboard.
Press Command + Shift + Control + 4 (+ Spacebar) at the same time to copy the screenshot to your Mac Clipboard.
Step 3: Open your document or image applications on your Mac and paste ( Command (⌘) + V or select Paste from the menu) to the window of the app.
I’ve used the Skitch app to paste the screenshot for editing and saving an image.
How to Change The Default Save Location of Screenshots on a Mac
Step 1: Create a new folder on Desktop or wherever you want by going to File >> New Folder or right-click on Desktop >> Select New Folder.
Step 2: To change the name of new Folder, just click on that folder >> Hit Enter button >> Type the new name, such as “TakeaScreen.”
Step 3: Open a Terminal app by typing “terminal” on Spotlight Search or click on Launchpad >> Other >> Terminal
Step 4: At Terminal window, just copy and paste the command line:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location
Note: Make sure to have a “space” after “defaults write com.apple.screencapture location”.
Step 5: Drag and drop the folder you need into the terminal window.
Step 6: Once you’ve pressed Return button, continue to enter the command below.
Step 7: Now, you can take a screenshot on a Mac and check the result.
Using The Built-in App
1. Grab Utility of Mac
Step 1: Find Grab app by going to Applications >> Utilities >> Grab. This will launch the Grab app. You can only use the Grab’s menu which is appeared at the top left of your screen as there no app’s window show up on your Mac.
Step 2: Go to the Capture menu and select one of four options you want.
- To take a screenshot of your entire screen, select Screen and click on the screen which you want.
- To take a screenshot a part of your screen, click Selection. A window will appear and you need to drag your mouse over the part of your screen you want to capture.
- To take a screenshot of a particular app window, click Window. Then, select the window you want to take a screenshot of.
- Click Timed Screen option, you’ll have 10 seconds to stage the screen before this app capture the entire screen.
2. Preview App
Preview is also the built-in tool which lets you open anything from photos to PDF files on Mac. However, it has some hidden features. You can completely take a screenshot by using Preview app. Here is the step-by-step to do that.
Step 1: Go to LauchPad >> open Preview app. Then, click File >> Take a screenshot at the menubar.
Step 2: Select the option you want.
Using a Third-Party App
Skitch is a great screen capture and editing app from Evernote. Skitch can assist as your primary screen capture app, surely replacing the built-in Grab utility in your Mac. It provides some features which allow you to annotate a screenshot with adding arrows, text, shapes, and lines.
- It costs free.
- User-friendly interface,
- Supports for JPG, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, and PDF formats.
- It only allows editing one image at a time.
- Must use export option to save the image.
LightShot is also an amazing screenshot tool available for Mac. You can capture screenshots in many ways and easily edit, upload or even share them on the Internet.
Here’s the guide on how to use the LightShot app:
How To Take a Screenshot on Windows
Sometimes you will need to take screenshots of your Windows in a variety reason including sending a screenshot to tech support, a high-score of the test to friends, sharing a funny comment of Facebook, etc. The feature has been available across various Windows operation systems for more than ten years. Here’s the guide on how to take screenshots in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
If you want to take a screenshot on Microsoft Surface Pro, you can check this article out.
Take a Screenshot With (PrtScn) Print Screen key
1. Press PrtScn key
This will take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard.
Note: This PrtScn key is often located between Scroll Lock and F12 key on your Keyboard. For some Laptops, you need to press the Fn (Function) key to copy the screenshot to Clipboard.
2. Press Alt + PrtScn to take a particular of Window screen.
Step 1: You need to open the program you want and click on the Program’s window you want to take a screenshot.
Then, just press the Alt + PrtScn key at the same time. This will be copied to the clipboard of Windows. For some Laptops, you need to include the Fn key (Fn + Alt + PrtScn) as well.
More: Using Windows + PrtScn key
If you are using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, just hold down the Windows + PrtScn (Print Screen) key to automatically save a whole screenshot within the Screenshots folder of your Pictures folder.
Step 2: Once you’ve used one of two ways above, then open the program to edit and save the screenshot as the image file. You can use the built-in program (Paint) or the third-party software (Lightshot).
In this tutorial, we will use Paint to edit and save the screenshot.
You can open the Paint using Search box from Start Menu. Then, just press Ctrl + V to paste the screenshot or you can also click the Paste button at the left corner of the program and select File >> Save the image as .jpg, .png,…
Take a Screenshot Without (PrtScn) Print Screen Key
Using the Snipping tool to take a screenshot
The Snipping Tool is a great built-in tool on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Here’s the guide on how to use the Snipping Tool for taking a screenshot.
Step 1: Open Snipping Tool
- For Windows 10 and Windows 7: Click the Start button, type “snipping” in the search box on the taskbar, and then open the Snipping Tool from the results.
- For Windows 8.1: Open the Search box by swiping in from the right corner of the screen, just type Snipping in the Search box.
Step 2: Select a snip
In Snipping Tool, click Mode button (the arrow next to the New button in older versions), click the kind of option which you need. There are four options:
- Free-form snip allows you draw any type of shape with your mouse.
- Rectangular snip allows you select a rectangle-shaped area which is selected by default.
- Window snip lets you select a program’s window to capture.
- Full-screen snip lets you capture the whole screen.
Step 3: Annotate a snip
Once you’ve picked your Snip area, then release your mouse. Now you can easily draw and edit by clicking the Pen or Highlighter buttons. Select Eraser button to delete the option you’ve drawn.
Step 4: Save a snip
Just select the Save button and type a file name, location, and type of formats you want and select Save.
Using Third-party Software: Lightshot ScreenShot
LightShot is a great software which lets you take the screenshots. See more the detailed guide here.
Taking a screenshot on an iPhone or iPad devices is an excellent way to show the text messages, the high-scores from playing Game, etc. Here’s the detailed guide on how to take a screenshot on iPhone or iPad by simply using the built-in shortcut.
How to Take a Screenshot on an iPhone and iPad
Hold and press the Sleep (or Wake) on the right side and Home keys at the same time and then release all of them after 3 or 4 seconds. You will hear a camera shutter sound, and the screen will flash white. The screenshot will be saved to your Photos app.
This works on iPhone SE, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Now you can open, edit and share the screenshot on the Internet or anywhere you want.
What will you do when the buttons don’t work?
If the Sleep (or Wake) or Home key on your iPhone or iPad doesn’t work correctly, it’s still possible to take a screenshot by using the AssistiveTouch, which is a built-in app on iOS. It’s also a great way to take a screenshot on iPhone, iPad without using any buttons.
Step 1: Open Home Screen >> Tap on Settings app >> Tap on General >> Accessibility and then scroll down to AssistiveTouch and turn it on.
Step 2: To take a screenshot using AssistiveTouch
Go to the screen you want, then tap on the AssistiveTouch icon >> tap Device >> Tap More, and select the Screenshot option. This will save a screenshot as an image file on Photos app.
See more video tutorial:
There are many reasons for sharing your Android’s screen with friends and colleagues including a funny comment on social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.), a proof of your new high score from Game, creating presentations or even writing guides for your smartphone,
For the popular most of Android phones and tablets, taking a screenshot by holding down the Power and Volume Down keys at the same time. After a few seconds, the screen will flash, and a notice will show up in the drop-down bar on top of the display screen, you will see some options to delete, edit or share the photo via Facebook, Email, etc.
The article will guide the easiest way for taking a screenshot is provided on most devices using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean 4.1 and later, KitKat, or Android 5.0 Lollipop device and Android newest.
This tutorial is on Samsung Galaxy S, HTC One M, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus, Moto devices, Nexus 6 or later,…
How to take a screenshot on Android devices
Taking a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy
1. Using Hardware Buttons
Here should work with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and older mobile phones:
- Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6,
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Active
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy J7
Hold down the Power and Home keys at the same time until the screen will flash and a shutter sound is heard.
The screen of your phone has been taken and saved automatically to the Photos app.
2. Using a hand swipe
Step 1: Go to Settings and switch on Motion.
If your Samsung device is older than a Samsung Galaxy S4 (2013), you can try this method. Go to Settings >> Tap on Motion.
Scroll down and tap on Hand Motion, after that Palm swipes to capture, and tap the box to select. Turn off the menu and get the screen that you need to take.
Lay the bottom of your palm on the screen of the device and swipe left or right across the screen.
You will hear the camera shutter sound, access your recently taken screenshot with the drop-down Notification menu that a picture has been saved to the Gallery app.
Taking a screenshot on an HTC One M9
Here’s the typical method of taking a screenshot which a lot of Android people know. You can press and hold at the same time this keys:
Power + Home button or Power + Volume Down button.
You will see a flash on the screen. The screenshot will be saved in your Photos or Gallery application as well as appear in your status bar and notification shade. Now, let tap on it, you can see the screenshot, share it, edit it and so on.
Taking a screenshot on a Sony Xperia Z
For almost any Sony Xperia Z mobile devices, apart from those using Android os 4.3 or later. Just press and hold your phone’s Power | Lock and Volume Down buttons until a pop-up window appears and you’ll see an option not only to take a screenshot but also to record the screen.
Just tap on it and find a screenshot at the Gallery or Photos.
Taking a screenshot on an LG G4
Go to the screen you want to take a screenshot. Hold down the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. The screenshot has saved into your “Screenshots” folder in your Gallery application.
Taking a screenshot on a Nexus 6
The hardware button shortcut for taking screenshots on the Nexus 6 is the Power button and the Volume Down button, both on the right-hand side of the mobile devices.
You need to press and hold both keys at the same time until the border around the screen switches white. If sounds turn on, you’ll listen to a short keep too. You will see the notification on the top bar, and this means the screenshot has been taken.
Chromebooks, and many other devices which running Chrome OS are awesome if you need an easy and cost-effective device for using the web. But Google’s browser-for-everything approach can have a few trouble, particularly if you’re used to a Microsoft Windows or macOS.
Any of the less obvious features of Chrome OS is the screenshot app. Although Chromebooks don’t provide a Print Screen button, taking a screenshot is quite easy. Here is a simple guide on ways to take screenshots on Chrome OS and Chromebooks. We will show you several keyboard shortcuts to get screenshots and find those screenshot photos, as well as using some extensions to take a screenshot on Chromebook.
How to take a screenshot on Chromebook devices
Using Default Options on Keyboard
Google has provided two default options to take screenshots on a Chromebook. This is not almost as many as you do a Mac or PC.
1. Press and hold Ctrl + Window Switching key: Capture a full-screen screenshot.
2. Press and hold Ctrl + Shift + Window Switching key: Select an area to capture as a screenshot.
Where Do I Find a Screenshot I Took?
Chrome OS makes you a great short notice if the screenshot is taken. You can click on the notification itself to launch the grabbed screenshot.
The file title will include the date and time. Such as Screenshot 2015-09-7 at 8.42.29 PM.png. You can certainly rename this later.
The screenshots will be saved in the Downloads area of the Files application and you can drag&drop the screenshot to the Google Drive area of the Files app to submit it to Google Drive.
Using Chrome Extensions To Take a Screenshot
1. Awesome Screenshot
Awesome Screenshot is a good extension for your device using Chrome OS because not only does it let you take a screenshot but also lets you edit them. Awesome Screenshot supports quite tools:
- Crop tool
- Rectangle tool
- Ellipse tool
- Freehand drawing tool
- Blur tool
- Text tool
- Color picker
When got and installed, it will show as an icon in your toolbar near your other extensions. Let click on it and you can the following options:
- Capture a part of your page
- Pick an area of your page to capture
- Capture the entire Webpage (contain the scrollable area which you don’t see)
- Get a local file (from your Files app).
2. Full Page Screen Capture
Full Page Screen Capture is a product of Google. You can capture appear area of a tab, a part of a browser, or the entire page as a PNG image format. Provides horizontal and vertical scroll which can simple screenshot taking on web pages with many contents. And then, you can edit your captured photos easily.
Snagit is an extension which works in much the same way as Awesome Screenshot. You can see video tutorial below to understand the way to use it quickly.
A screenshot is an image taken from a computer or laptop to capture the visible things on the computer screen or any kind of other output tech devices. There are a few ways to take a screenshot in Ubuntu, Linux. For this guide, we will share a few ways that are used to take a screenshot directly.
How to take a screenshot on Ubuntu, Linux
1. Use Print Screen key
This is one of the most popular solutions to take screenshots on Linux. Just press the “Print Screen” key on your keyboard (capture to clipboard) will take a screenshot of the “Whole Visible Screen.”
If you need to take a particular window, you can use combination “Alt+Print Screen” keys to capturing to the clipboard. It will take only the particular window which is presently active.
Then, you can open some editor apps and paste it into your app like GIMP, Shutter,…
2. Use GIMP
You can also take a screenshot from GIMP application.
Open GIMP app, then click on File >> Create >> Screen Shot… (Shift + F12). A new dialog window will appear to take a screenshot by GIMP easily.
3. Use Shutter app
The excellent tool is that you can get almost everything on your screen with Shutter app from particular areas to menus or tooltips and web pages. The following tips are taken from the shutter’s official website.
How to Install and Use Shutter app
You can quickly install Shutter app with the apt-get command-line tool such as shown below.
Step 1: Open Terminal (Combination keys is Ctrl + Alt + T) and type or copy this command.
sudo apt-get install shutter
or you can also install it from Ubuntu Software Centre. If you’re on Ubuntu, you can click here. See more detail about Shutter from Homepage: http://shutter-project.org
Step 2: Click on Selection to take a particular area of a screen.
Then, select a specific area which you want and you can Use the tools of the panel on the right to edit an image.
Step 3: Save it on your PC.