Why take a screenshot?
The screenshot allows you to freeze your computer.screen in a file.
An error message appears on the screen and you want to communicate it to your computer repairer?
Rather than describing the message on a piece of paper, take a screenshot of your screen and send it to your repairer.
How to make a screenshot?
By default, Windows and Mac OS operating systems allow you to take screenshots.
Screenshot in Windows:
To capture your entire screen click on the ” Print ” button (or ” Scrn ” or ” Syst screen print ” depending on the type of keyboard you have).
If you want to capture only part of your screen , you have to press ” alt + print “.
The capture is then saved in your computer’s memory.
Then you have to open an application to paste the capture in it.
You can open for example Paint , provided free with windows , but it works with Microsoft Word as well.
Once Paint is open, go to menu , then edit, and paste.
You can also press the ctrl + v keys.
Once the capture appeared in Paint . Go to menu then file and save as .
Choose a file name, then below, choose a file format: ” .jpg ” or ” .jpeg ” are perfect.
Screenshot in Mac OS:
It’s easier than for Windows!
To capture your entire screen, press the keys at the same time: Apple (” cmd ” on new keyboards) + Shift + 3.
To capture only part of your screen : Apple (” cmd ” on new keyboards) + Shift + 4.
The mouse will turn into a target. You only have to move and select by clicking the desired part.
Once the capture is done, a file will automatically be created on your desktop. This is an image file of type ” .png ” which is named image 1.png .
If you want to modify it you can double click on it and it will open in the Preview application.
Screen Capture Software:
If you have problems with the screenshot included by default on your operating system, know that there is free software:
Capture software for Windows:
Capture software for Mac:
Once your capture is done:
You can send the file obtained by email as an attachment.
Or you can transfer your file to a usb key or external hard drive.
Go further with the screenshot
Software to record video your actions on your computer. They even allow you to record your voice.
It’s called a Screencast. The advantage?
You will be able to make commented tutorials of your software, while explaining its installation or its use.
If you’re interested, read my article: All About Screencast.
I wish you a very good day, and if you have any questions, contact me.