Computer Q & A : How do I make a print screen picture in Windows?

When you want to discuss what you're seeing on your computer or website, the best way to share it is by sharing a picture of your screen or the browser window. People use different words for this, but they all are the same thing: print screen, screen shot, screen capture or screen grab. There are a few ways you can do it.

print screen buttoncontrol and alt keysBefore I begin, let me mention that not all Windows keyboards have a Print Screen key. Sometimes it is labeled "Print Screen|SysRq" and sometimes it is labeled "Prt Scrn". If it is available on your keyboard it will usually be in the 6-pack of keys to the right of the main keys. The methods of taking a screen capture in this tutorial will use this key and the Alt key. In Windows, the Ctrl and Alt keys are located together at the bottom of your keyboard, usually to the left and right of the space bar.

There are two common ways you can take a picture of your screen in Windows. One way takes a picture of the window you are actively working in, for example, your Internet Explorer browser window. The other way takes a picture of the entire monitor screen. I will give you the steps for how to do each one.

Taking a picture of your browser window in Windows

  1. All ProgramsFirst, ensure that you have the browser window you want open in front of you on your screen and you have just clicked inside it. 
  2. Press alt+prt scrn. When both keys are pressed at the same time, it takes a picture of what you see on your browser window right now and copies it into the system's clipboard.
  3. start buttonNow go to Start, then All Programs, then select Accessories, and when it expands, select the application Paint.
  4. Paint will open. When it is open, go to the Edit menu and click on Paste. If you prefer, you can use ctrl+v to paste the image of your browser window.
  5. PaintYou can use the ellipse (circle shape) tool and paint a red circle around part of the image to highlight it and point it out.
  6. Save As menuWhen you are satisfied you have what you want, go to File > Save As...  Enter a meaningful name and  save it as a JPG (recommended to reduce file size), saving it in a place where you will be able to locate it later.
  7. Create an email and attach your print screen image to share what you are seeing, and send it off!

 

 

Taking a picture of your entire monitor screen in Windows

  1. First, ensure that you have what you want to show on your screen. 
  2. Press prt scrn. It takes a picture of what you see on your monitor screen and copies it into the system's clipboard.
  3. Now go to Start, then All Programs, then select Accessories, and when it expands, select the application Paint.
  4. Paint will open. When it is open, go to the Edit menu and click on Paste. If you prefer, you can use ctrl+v to paste the image of your monitor screen.
  5. You can use the ellipse (circle shape) tool and paint a red circle around part of the image to highlight it and point it out.
  6. When you are satisfied you have what you want, go to File > Save As...  Enter a meaningful name and save it as a JPG (recommended to reduce file size), saving it in a place where you will be able to locate it later.
  7. Create an email and attach your print screen image to share what you are seeing, and send it off!

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